Silver Lake’s self-described "Community Pub" may seem like a typical neighborhood gastropub—unfussy cocktails and eight beers on tap alongside pub fare like the Hyperion Burger ($14) and mac and cheese ($8-$10)—but tucked away in an elevated backroom, a "Hidden Pub," where a black tin ceiling and black leather banquets meet a long bar of televisions, provide a backdrop for weekly game and movie nights. Locals also gather for happy hour (Mon-Thu 3-7pm, Fri noon-7pm) featuring $4 beer or wine and $5 well cocktails or beer and a bump, and get their Sunday brunch on (11am-2pm) with breakfast egg sandwich and morning burger options.
Good for: Football and beers, Wednesday move night, (after the game, around 9:30pm) and Thursday karaoke night (9:30pm), so warm up with a shot and get your vocals on.
The scene: Eastside locals stop in for beers and their sports fix, while couples cozy up in banquettes—booths are also available to reserve for optimal game day viewing—that line the room, some in darker corners than others. Late nighters drop in for a last call beer and the chance to run into singles on the prowl.
The playlist: The occasional live piano or guitar set play in the upstairs bar.
The bartender says: If you’re a local and plan on becoming a regular, be sure to check out their loyalty program where points earned will get you credits on future bills.
Drink this: This isn’t the place to order a Manhattan or Side Car, so stick to tap. Allagash Black ($8)—a chocolate-y, malted, Belgian-style stout—is a good bet or go with an Allagash White ($7), a spice-driven, Belgian wheat beer. There's also Stone IPA ($6), which is delightfully high in alcohol and hoppiness.