The Cellar's two rustic, Tuscan-esque oases pour out ambrosial liquids and arrange tasteful dishes with elegant flair. Craft a platter for two or four of your choice of cheeses, nibbling at the subtly piquant manchego or swapping stories about crying at the opera with the cultured triple-cream brie. Whether by the bottle or by the glass, the bright and lively Raymond sauvignon blanc inspires energetic conversation, and the deep purple of the Crios malbec turns teeth a stately royal hue.
An anomaly among artists, a torcedor judges his worth by how many of his creations are burnt to ashes. The Nicaraguan torcedor?or cigar roller?at Art of Cigars has more than 20 years of practice watching his masterpieces go up in smoke. He hand-wraps shredded, fragrant tobacco into tight styles such as the Gunny, a torpedo cigar with a silky, mild taste, and the Tanker, whose notes of spiced rum evoke tropical scenery in the mind's eye. Owners Leslie and Eric sell these selections as a part of the Cigar Marine line, not only for their authentic preparation and quality, but also as a show of patriotic support?a portion of their profits goes to benefit the families of wounded Marines through the Semper Fi Fund.
Guests at Art of Cigars can puff on wares inside the lounge, where wine and draft beer pair with flavorful drags and light conversation. A welcoming staff caters to aficionados and non-smokers alike, stocking accessories that range from cutters and lighters to humidors. The shop's torcedor, whose rolling finesse has been featured on Good Day Sacramento, also provides demonstrations at special events such as weddings and corporate parties, teaching people how to craft their own cigars or best burn their shredded parking tickets.
A breezy patio, an illuminated bar, a dynamically-lit dance floor—Reunion Nightclub doesn't lack for ambiance. And that's before you bring the jam-packed entertainment calendar into the picture. Dueling pianos or DJs send dancers spinning around, as other revelers perch on elegant couches awaiting bottle service. Hookah service, a cigar bar, and a trail of delicious breadcrumbs lure guests out to the patio, and dinner stations positioned throughout the nightclub provide much-needed sustenance during happy hour.
Streets of London Pub harks back to traditional London pubs with ice-cold pints and ample coverage of rugby and soccer. On the menu of hearty English fare, fries in the witness-protection program call themselves "chips" and lay low under toppings such as gravy, cheese and beans, or cheese and bacon, or pair up with fish in a platter of classic fish 'n' chips. The bangers-and-mash meal allows thick, juicy sausages to snuggle up on a hill of mashed potatoes. Along with food, the pub dishes out events; diners can throw back Guinnesses during weekly pub quizzes, compete for everlasting fame during monthly bingo tournaments, or stop in for Pint Night to enjoy pints on the outdoor patio.
Mark’s Sports Bar & Grill dishes out an expansive menu of bites and beverages in an athletics-saturated atmosphere. A dozen beers bubble daily in the taps, backed up by their bottled brethren, assorted wine pours, and non-vengeful spirits. House-made tortilla chips form the battleground for a delicious melee of beef, black bean, and cheese nachos ($8.25), and Mark’s Famous bacon cheeseburger packs a USDA–approved protein punch topped off with B, L, T, and the eater’s choice of eponymous dairy slices ($8.95). Sundays during football season, budding mixologists can hone their signature elixirs at the do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar ($4), punctuating spicy swigs with chomps of egg-and-cheese breakfast sandwiches ($3.95).