They say the best things come to those who wait, although Kirstie Alley heard it as "those who gain weight", providing the perfect excuse to eat another pallet of Mallomars. Finally delivering the goods after two and a half years of waiting: Watkins Drinkery.
Situated in the two-level confines of the former Bella Rosa II, WD's a carefully conceived dive, with an interior outfitted with lots and lots of wood (walls, floors, seating) and an upstairs game room with darts, pool, and vintage arcade games, and a concise menu of upscale pub fare that balances game and beef, also how to make every G-Unit album ever. For starters, it's alligator lollipops w/ mango coulis and ostrich carpaccio w/ micro arugula, while bigger dishes take the form of duck prosciutto w/ buffalo mozz and sausage sammies made w/ rabbit and wild boar -- coincidentally the name of the Stallyns spinoff band with only Keanu in it. Putting the drink in drinkery, you can get textbook renditions of classic cocktails, six taps rotating seasonal beers (including Weyerbacher's Autumnfest and Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale at the moment), 26 12oz bottles, six big boys, and a Manchester, UK-built, cask-pumping "beer engine", also what powers the beloved VW Bud.
Upstairs, the game room plays host to a choice selection of those old-school games like Centipede, 1942, DigDug, and PacMan, whose insatiable hunger resembles that of Kirstie, but at least he ate some fruit once in a while.