Historic Downtown, near Broughton Street
Eat a hamburger au poivre and truffle fries at the warm wood bar, then soak up the atmosphere and a crisp Cote du Rhone, poured by the man with the best ’stache in town: co-owner Jeffrey Downey. If you find yourself staring up in admiration at the stamped tin ceiling, you might have been over-served -- but you definitely have good taste.
Historic Downtown, near City Market, Congress Street
Townies flock to this friendly Congress Street dive, a historic former brothel where peanut shells litter the floor. The “menu” ranges from pig’s feet to pickled eggs, and the struggle for jukebox supremacy is real. Sure, they’ll mix you any drink you like, but the $5 forties come in a complimentary paper bag.