Slip through the iconic hexagonal entry and into one of the luxurious black leather banquettes or under the twinkling starburst over the rectangular bar at Starlite, Middletown’s retro-cool hot spot. Its location adjacent to the I-5 freeway and a plethora of steep one-way streets, make the location a bit vexing, but this 21+ stunner is worth a trip for the drinks alone (although the food menu is excellent as well). Specialty cocktails abound, as do draft and bottled beers, small-batch bourbons, and other high-end spirits. Happy hour brings deals on food, beer, wine, well, and specialty cocktails Tuesday-Thursday from 5–6 pm.
How to book: Reservations for indoor and patio dining are available via Yelp. Walk-ins are accepted if seating is available.