A small neighborhood business should know the locals: the mailman, that bickering couple, that weird thing that lives in the trash can, all of whom will contribute to your massive coronary, traumatizing a generation of children (RIP Hooper). For a Hawthorne lounge from neighborhood ladies even prettier than Maria, check out Proof.
Created by the owner of the adjacent Cup and Saucer and her good friend who's been living and working in the 'hood for years, the brand-new Proof is a saloonish, vintage-swag-lighted, burgundy & mustard-hued hall of drink rocking upper-middle Hawthorne with creative bar food, serious micros, and a no-sports, no-PBR "lounge-like place for grown-ups", even though Kevin James loves nothing more than sports and PBR. A shifting roster of suds (Double Mountain's IRA, Burnside Brewing's Stock Ale...) from eight handles buttresses a brief-but-snazzy cocktail menu including the Bulleit/ginger simple syrup/ginger ale Gentleman Ginger, who will offer you its coat if you're cold, to make up for being an evil soulless person who's quite possibly the devil. They're also offering a classed-up bar-food experience with gut-liners like prawns served warm with a traditional cocktail sauce but finished with a splash of tequila, salmon fettuccine with mushrooms and Parm, and a 1/3lb bleu cheese- or cheddar-topped bison burger, one of Chan Gailey's favorites, although too many can lead to big Buffalo bills.
Not content to be the coolest watering hole closest to the eastside Powell's, Proof's also throwing in extracurriculars like ever-changing art shows, live acoustic blues and folk, and eventually events like beer tastings and pairings, which will leave you needing to start sweepin' the clouds away the next morning.