The aptly named Preserve Public House seems to preserve a simpler time beneath its open-beam ceiling, among its rustic pieces of furniture, and within its exposed-brick walls. Using local ingredients whenever possible, Preserve’s chefs celebrate the artistry of cuisine with sandwiches such as the slow-smoked brisket sandwich with garlic aioli, barbecue sauce, and caramelized onions on an acme bun. Like the Easter Bunny’s bathtub, the eatery’s taps flow with a rotating sample of 21 microbrews and keg wines from breweries such as Lagunitas, Rogue Brewery, and Stone Brewing Company. Preserve Public House also hosts regular events such as local crop swaps, and beer celebrations in their bread-truck-turned-beer-garden.
The Davis Graduate stimulates clientele with a delectable assortment of bar fare, a plentitude of brews, and a line-up of nightly entertainment. Oven-baked sandwiches come out steamy on sweet French rolls, and turkey or 100% premium ground beef burgers come with a side of signature Grad fries and pair with the bar's array of amber, Belgian, brown, and imperial ales. Daily sporting events shine down from the bar's TVs, supplemented by a lineup of national touring acts and regional kazoo choirs passing through. Sunday night pub quizzes grant winning guests small cash prizes, Tuesday salsa nights commence with dance lessons before inviting all participants to the floor, and country nights dominate The Davis Graduate four nights a week with twangy tunes and festive boogying.
Piano Fuerte Cigar Lounge summons smoky satisfaction from its large selection of imported and domestic cigars, including brands such as Rocky Patel, Arturo Fuente, Joya De Nicaragua, and 601. For Grouchos and Grants seeking custom blends, Piano Fuerte offers up its private label, PF brand cigars, with the smokes hand-rolled by a Miami cigarsmith. PF cigar blends include the Sonata Toro ($5), the Bravo Torpedo ($6), and the Liga Reserve Robusto ($7.50). In addition to cigars, Piano Fuerte also stocks a bevy of smoking accessories. Threaten scarecrows with a Xikar Executive lighter ($24.99), double up flame potential with a Tiger dual-torch lighter ($19.99), or prepare for cooking the world’s largest s’more with the Tiger triple-torch lighter ($24.99). Cuban Crafters humidors ($20–$130) are also available.
Mermaids and mermen are a surprisingly common sight at Dive Bar. Fin-clad entertainers spend their evenings elegantly swimming through the 7,500-gallon aquarium that hangs over the bar’s stone countertops, charming guests as the bartenders mix an array of classic and contemporary cocktails. Exposed brickwork, black-leather armchairs, and a dangling chandelier don’t necessarily continue the nautical theme, but they do contribute to the overwhelmingly luxuriant ambiance.
Live musicians grace the bar’s stage on Wednesdays, whereas Thursdays feature a dueling-piano show that brings to mind Billy Joel and Elton John’s legendary joust to the death. In addition to hosting DJ performances, the lounge pumps out dance-worthy tunes until as late as 2 a.m., even allowing customers to connect their iPods to the sound system and either play their favorite song or the shortest chapter from their favorite audiobook.
District 2 sates cavernous appetites within a casual community sports bar, boasting more than a dozen brews and five tap-side TVs. Suds-loving patrons can sop up pints of Guinness ($7), Miller Lite ($5), or Original Sin cider ($6), with a succulent hot and spicy chorizo dip, fraught with red peppers and the glowing coals of defeated taste buds ($8). Or sink snack-craving incisors into a menu of gourmet bites, such as a quartet of Angus mini burgers on toasted brioche rolls and platters pilfered from Barbie's dream house (4 for $9, 8 for $14). The D2 mac 'n' cheese, frosted with three-cheese fondue, delights dairy addicts and self-obsessed cows ($10), and the Yuengling beer-battered fish and chips treats seafarers to incognito imbibitions ($12).