WHY HERE:It’s only eight years old but feels like it has been a part of the neighborhood forever. A homey interior with a vintage butcher-block bar, elevated pub grub and a sunny (and covered) back patio make it a home-away-from-home. As a bonus, each night brings a different theme, from Taco Tuesdays to First Call Thursday drink specials.
WHY NOW: A short list of original cocktails, like the Smoke Show (tequila, ginger, grapefruit, lime and agave syrup), sell for $12. You can order classic drinks, of course, or go for the list of “stuff we are drinking this season,” seasonal beers paired with a shot of an intriguing or rare spirit.