These good people dole out drinks with admirable efficiency on busy nights and maintain an ever-eclectic music playlist to further lubricate pool-table-side socializing. All this while being uniformly nice to look at.
2) Tractor Brewing Company Tap Room 3) O’Niell’s Pub
It's not always easy to find a place that successfully combines class with comfort. Zinc pulls it off with ease thanks to a casual atmosphere, free live music, and a bevy of great cocktails and local brews.
2) Apothecary Lounge (inside Hotel Parq Central) 3) Jazzbah
No Burque bar rocks harder (or with more space-themed decor and poster art) than the Launchpad. Afloat with budget-friendly libations, this venerable Downtown venue plays host to the musically famous, infamous and up-and-coming.
2) Burt's Tiki Lounge 3) Low Spirits
409 Central NW 244-1820
The Anodyne is a second story Downtown hideaway decked in dark wood and pool tables. The feel is vintage-eclectic and masculine, making it a perfect place to order drinks like a Tom Collins or Manhattan. Anodyne mixes them with well-honed skill.
2) Jazzbah 3) Apothecary Lounge (inside Hotel Parq Central)
Locals across strata of class, culture and occupation have embraced these guys from Day One, and they continue to rake in national accolades. (Draft magazine named one of Marble’s many specialty beers a Top Brew of 2010.)
2) Tractor Brewing Company 3) Tie: La Cumbre Brewing Company, Kelly’s Brew Pub
Jersey-clad worshippers of the pigskin huddle around tables for action-packed broadcasts on dozens of screens. An attentive wait staff serves up surprisingly good hot wings and green chile roast beef dips. Just another Sunday at Coaches.
Burqueños spend their happiest hours—and afternoon intermezzos—at Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro. With sophisticated twists on bar food staples (e.g., red chile tuna sliders), and drink specials like the $2 “brown bag” wine pour, it's a truly fine place to observe the end of a work day.
2) Seasons Rotisserie & Grill 3) Tie: Nob Hill Bar & Grill, O'Niell's, Savoy Wine Bar and Grill
Ed's Pub (inside Leisure Bowl)
7400 Lomas NE 268-4371
Time-travel decor (circa late ’70s), a supportive DJ (“Breathe, honey!”) and a bartender who takes the mic behind the bar to sing while he’s pouring your beer: Oh hell yes.
2) Retro’s Bar 3) Punky’s Place (inside Silva Lanes)
If Jimmy Buffett ran a bar within the hull of a pirate ship, it would look like the interior of Burt's. Walls decked in nautical miscellany will make you forget you're drying out in landlocked desertville in no time.