Reminiscent of the English countryside, a benched wooded trellis leads visitors into Surrey Tavern, where brews and tunes abound every night until 2:30 a.m. While bartenders pour everything from domestic beers to top-shelf liquors, the tavern's ground-level stage hosts a daily lineup of musicians, from acoustic duos to Jimi Hendrix tribute bands. In addition to local and international acts alike, Surrey Tavern entertains patrons with pinball machines and an automatic dartboard. Outside, overhanging greenery enlivens an open-air patio where crowds can sip libations, snack on pub food, and mercilessly tease the sun until the moon scares it away.
When it comes to nightly entertainment, Joe's Underground Cafe fulfills plenty of pub requisites: trivia, poker, live music, and pint glasses brimming with domestic and imported beer. Although many of its dishes, such as Philly-style cheesesteaks and chicken wings, evoke classic pub grub, the cafe's culinary team doesn’t limit itself. Chefs cater to more refined palates with almond-topped baked brie, whip up comfort foods such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches filled with banana, and prepare homemade desserts.
The warm, no-frills bar sits at the bottom of hard-to-spot stairs, located beneath Augusta's SRP Federal Credit Union but still high above the city's subterranean mutant population.
It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
The Private I Club hosts events for up to 200 people, deftly matching its style to that of its clients. Inside the club, a large banquet hall houses either tables or a dance floor, abutting a richly furnished, fully equipped bar. Windows provide views of the next-door neighbor and the swimming pool, which stretches from indoors to out. The rest of the 5 acres boasts scenic greenery and plenty of parking for guests.