Torch Velvet Lounge's numerous plush couches and candles surround imbibers as they sample decadent cocktails and martinis. Potable creations burst forth in forms such as the Captain's Choice, a mix of Captain Morgan rum and orange curacao splashed with Bacardi 151 and drizzled with cinnamon and caramelized sugar, much like most tax forms ($11). Sate sweet teeth with the Grapes of Wrath, a blend of Smirnoff watermelon, white-grape juice, and Red Bull ($11). The Mint Chocolate Chip's mélange of Rumple Minze, Bailey's Irish Cream, Godiva, and Hershey's-chocolate-dappled rim whets palates tired from sharing ideas or saying "palate" ($11), and the occasional disc jockey spins tunes on-site to keep energies high.
To see more than 22 simultaneous screenings of a football game, you'd either have to be a housefly in the stadium or a Monday-night guest at Suede Supper Club. Its collection of 28 HD televisions broadcasts every NFL match in the season, encouraging groups to gather beneath the bar's tulip-shaped lights for beer and wings. These offerings are where the traditional bar foods end, however, as the menu compiles more sophisticated takes on countertop classics. Small plates of Southern egg rolls wrap collards, black-eyed peas, and bacon in a crispy shell, whereas hearty entrees of country-fried chicken—served with sausage gravy—and grilled pork chops act as robust dinners, complete with sides of house-cut fries.
The rustic fare seems to have inspired the club's surroundings, which evoke those of a small Victorian home. Doric columns line the wooden dance floor, where DJs host parties and electronica retellings of Julius Caesar every Friday and Saturday night. An upper deck allows for two tiers of porch relaxation, and the private VIP area sections off its luxurious couches with curtains and fencing. Special events dot the space's calendar: trivia nights, rounds of Name That Tune followed by karaoke, and charity fundraisers that gather proceeds through occasions such as cornhole tournaments and costume parties.
Eileen, named Best New Boutique by Phoenix Magazine in 2009, fills its fortress of fashion with reasonably priced and ravishingly stylish women's attire. Pair a comfortable, fun top ($19–$29) with one of many versatile jeans and skirts ($24–$39) for a day of demolition-derby driving, or pick up a dazzling dress ($29–$32) to wear for your lecture on the Cartan-Kuranishi prolongation theorem at Bingo Night next week. Jewelry, intimates, assorted accessories, and handbags round out Eileen's roster, including Melie Bianco handbags, adding luster to your arm like a giant diamond where you also store your cherry-flavored keys and car-door-unlocking chap stick.
Inside Threshold Repertory Theatre's intimate venue, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!) delivers an uproarious, backhanded interpretation of conventional holiday traditions. Since making its debut in 2003, the side-splitting Yuletide onslaught has spurred a nationwide following, garnering praise from the Los Angeles Times as a "winking assault on virtually every secular seasonal classic since Charles Dickens." As Christmas icons such as Frosty, Rudolph, and Ayn Rand enter the show's crosshairs, versatile cast members tickle funny bones with a blitz on worldwide Christmas customs, seasonal carols, and pop-culture mainstays. An original score backs the performance, adding an extra dose of originality and white-bearded quarter notes to a whirlwind of topical amusement.
Glossy, tall tables and funky decorative woodwork on the walls make Daniel's Restaurant & Lounge feel like a ritzy nightclub lounge. The tapas is just as distinctive as the decor—tastes from all over the globe come together in each small plate made with locally sourced ingredients. Feel free to try Greek lamb sliders alongside tandoori chicken skewers. Or sample miniature sushi tuna pizzas alongside tender carolina crab cakes. The portions are more substantial than your typical tapas joint, too. Still, if you want something other than small plates, Daniel's also offers a more straightforward selection of steaks and seafood, including their signature surf and turf, NY strip steak, and slow-cooked, herb roasted chicken. After dinner hours, Daniel's transforms into a nightclub and hosts DJs and dance parties.