The Baltic Room's classy, film-noir vibe and hip-shakeable tunes make it a beautifully lit backdrop for enjoying a wide array of sumptuous sippables and delectable edibles. The multifaceted lounge cracks itself open at 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends to refresh night-shift rodeo clowns with locally roasted Caffe Vita coffee ($1.25–$3.50) and light breakfast eats, such as fresh pastries ($1.50–$4) and breakfast sandwiches ($3.50). Daytime cocktails, such as the elusive Bloody Mary ($7), are available to mid-morning tipplers who state their orders three times while staring into a darkened mirror.
Chopstix provides memorable nights with a concoction of dueling pianos, sing-alongs, and delicious American fare. The menu full of chops, seafood, salads, and pasta satisfies stomachs as ears get hand-fed honey-drizzled peanut-butter-stuffed trills and glissandi. Familiar appetizers such as calamari ($8.99) and coconut shrimp ($9.99) provide a tasty preamble to a steak salad ($14.99) strewn with organic greens, blue-cheese crumbles, diced tomatoes, and terra strips. Or opt for the provolone-smothered mushroom chicken ($14.99). The aptly named Sir Elton's London broil ($15.99) gets topped with béarnaise sauce and accompanied by fresh vegetables and mashed potatoes or krinkle-cut fries for a meatsperience that tastes as hearty and delectable as the eponymous knight’s outfits are glittery.
Open every day for nearly 15 years, Tini Bigs lounge is a thrumming dynamo of nightlife, serving a panoply of amply portioned classic gin martinis and barrel-aged cocktails, as well as a range of inventive eats. Nosh on a plate of hand-cut fries cooked twice and tossed in parmesan cheese ($7) between sips of signature cocktails such as the apricot sidecar ($9), a concoction of brandy, apricot liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup ringed by lightly salted henchmen. The elegance of the Smokey Bigs—Finlandia vodka ripened with a splash of 16-year Lagavulin scotch and flavored with capers ($9)—complements the robust Bigs cheeseburger ($12), upgraded from the classic American staple with Beecher's Flagship cheddar, tomato jam, and a diamond-encrusted bun.
Depending on whom you ask, the bar at Hattie's Hat was either hand carved in France, shipped around Cape Horn, or crafted by Chicago's Brunswick Company. Regardless of its origin, the imposing wood structure has been supporting elbows and pints for more than a century. Modern visitors make frequent pilgrimages to the eatery for country-style brunch fare and strong, spicy bloody marys. Diners also descend on billowy buttermilk biscuits swimming in gravy, hearty breakfast scrambles, and grownup grilled cheeses made with tomatoes, grilled onions, and Tillamook cheddar.
Above the booths near the door, a Fred Oldfield mural from the 1950s depicts a serene Scandinavian landscape, conjuring thoughts of majestic fjords and Vikings playing hopscotch with Care Bears. Bustling barkeeps help patrons wake up with Tony's organic coffee and signature bloody marys infused with rosemary vodka, Vida mezcal, or aquavit.
At The Tin Table, the dinner menu offers local, sustainable, and pub-friendly eats, including modern American salads, meats, and seafood selections. Grab a seat at the bar to sip Chimay Blue Reserve ($10), tongue-tie on a few shoestring fries with truffle salt ($4), or simply snack through a plate of duck-liver pâté, cherry jam, sweet pickled-carrot ribbon and crostini ($5). For a hearty dinner, Tin Table tablemates can hang fangs on seared swordfish adorned with spicy avocado, sweet corn, red onion, and peppadew ($14) or Carlton Farms pork tenderloin flanked by braised rainbow chard, shaved garlic, and a fig drizzle ($15). To top off the evening, make a heartfelt request for the black-plum galette served warm with almond cream, caramel sauce, and vanilla-bean ice cream ($8), because, with the exception of speaker-boxed teddy bears, nothing says “love” like dessert.
This chic lounge and restaurant serves an impressive array of craft cocktails every night until 2 a.m., including rotating barrel-aged drinks. Housed in a two-story 1920s building, the bar complements its vintage surroundings with local and artisan spirits, including more than 50 varieties of bourbon, a handful of mescals, and more than 45 aperitifs and digestifs. Gourmet beverages are paired with inventive meat and seafood dishes, crafted with ingredients sourced from local farmers and abandoned pirate ships.
BalMar showcases many of the building's original features, including exposed brick walls and antique light fixtures. The upstairs has been converted into a party room with a dance floor, where DJs spin every Friday and Saturday night. Huge picture windows overlook the downtown area, and when the weather is warmer, visitors can head to the outdoor patio and enjoy the view.