DRINKS Sit at the bar and scan the beer list on an iPad provided by the bar staff. With a local-heavy selection, there’s a draft for everyone—and five wines on tap if beer isn’t your thing. Behind the bar is a smaller selection of liquor, but this obviously isn’t the place to order a cocktail.
FOOD The menu is composed of classic bar snacks and a selection of housemade sausages. We tried the cheese curds, deep fried in a light tempura batter and unsurprisingly greasy. Links gives you an option of sauces; we chose the pesto aioli, dense with basil. Dipping fried cheese into mayonnaise isn’t terribly appealing, and we found ourselves wishing we had an option for marinara. The steak and ale sausage with fried shallots was pleasantly juicy, and the accompanying stout mustard is worth seeking out.
SERVICE The bar staff is attentive and well-versed on the beer list. For food service, order from a window at the back of the room. If you’re lucky enough to find a seat at the bar, cozy up and enjoy the added bonus of being waited on.
THE TAB $25 for two drinks, cheese curds and a steak and ale sausage
DRINKS Our gin and grapefruit soda fizz was expectedly sweet, but surprisingly strong. The Moscow Mule, composed of ginger soda, lime and vodka, was watery and bland. The bar features nightly specials—make an appointment on Wednesday nights for $20 bottles of wine or Thursday for $20 bottles of bubbles.
SERVICE We had to wait about 10 minutes for our scheduled appointments after finally getting the attention from the sparse staff. After that, we were quickly offered drinks and ushered to our respective seats. Nail service is, unsurprisingly, the salon’s biggest strength—our manicures were pleasant and relaxing, and our polish lasted almost a week before chipping.
THE TAB $17 for two drinks
DRINKS The menu is simple, with one side boasting a list of 30 craft beers and the other an impressive selection of whiskey. There’s no cocktail list (classics are available by request and served in simple coupe glasses), but this is ultimately a whiskey and beer spot. But beware: There are no prices listed for the whiskey, so make sure to check with the bartender before you end up with a hefty bill.
SERVICE Our courteous bartender made sure our water and drink glasses were full when we arrived early on a Thursday evening. A couple of hours later, though, the bar was filled and newcomers had to elbow their way through the crowd to grab the waitstaff's attention.
THE TAB $12 for two drinks
DRINKS The beer selection here is epic, with more than 200 drafts and bottles to choose from. The draft list is appreciatively unique, including a few things you won’t easily find elsewhere in the city. A small list of classic cocktails are available, but you’re better off enjoying one of the gems on the beer list.
FOOD The space focuses on pizza, cooked in a wood-fired oven. We tried the margherita, but were taken with the prosciutto, topped with confit garlic and a fresh heap of arugula dressed in truffle oil. Surprisingly, it’s the side dishes that really shine. The stuffed mushrooms with prosciutto and mozzarella are addictive, and we couldn’t stop eating the Cajun fried potatoes with creole remoulade and bacon and scattered with scallions.
SERVICE The food arrived quickly, as well as the drinks. If you need help navigating the beer menu, just ask the staff and they’ll walk you through the extensive menu.
THE TAB $53 for two appetizers, two pizzas and two beers