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.
This neighborhood pub serenades its thirsty regulars with a bounty of beverages, live musical acts, and bar games. Amidst the echoes of bartenders rattling rocks glasses from behind a polished mahogany bar, customers can whet whistles with domestic brews ($2.75), imports ($3.25), and super premium liquors ($7.25). Surrey Tavern hosts an eclectic lineup of local yodelers such as The Last Waltz Ensemble, Blue Dogs, and The Dave Matthews Tribute Band atop their ground-level stage set against a brick backdrop. Music reverberates throughout the intimate acoustic arena and spills out onto the open-air patio, where crowds can imbibe elixirs, marvel at overhanging greenery, or attend claustrophobics anonymous meetings.
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.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s menu boasts a beefy bounty of classic American fare prepared hot, steaming, and packed with enough beefy flavors to stampede even the most ravenous appetite. Start out with a combo appetizer ($9.99), finding an edible equilibrium with three hand-breaded chicken tenders, three mozzarella planks, onion rings, and a cheese quesadilla with four dipping sauces, or dive into the beef end with the restaurant’s signature ‘O’ Brady Burger ($7.99), seasoned in a slumber bag of herbs and spices and topped with melted provolone cheese. Other eats include a half rack of St. Louis ribs ($10.99), available in Sweet Baby Ray’s, Sweet and Tangy, or Kickin’ Bayou BBQ sauce, and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s sandwich staple, the Dubliner ($8.99), containing thinly sliced roast beef, sautéed mushrooms, and swiss cheese. Fallen angels can attempt to reclaim the power of flight through consumption of a dozen boneless chicken wings ($9.59), available in nearly a dozen flavorful sauces.
Terri-hot, lemon pepper, and honey barbecue. Douse your wings in any of these three flavors, and you'll taste what Wings and Ale of Lexington is all about: creative fusion of flavors. But its menu is packed with more than just the inventive wings—which also come in standard mild, medium, and Suicide sauces. Its flair for fusion shows up as early on as the appetizer section, where the egg-roll fajita marries Asian and Mexican cuisine. And then there are also tried-and-true favorites, such as burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, and catfish platters.
Shareable tapas make way for full-size burgers and pita pizzas at Alter Ego Tapas & Lounge, a cozy lunch spot that doubles as a buzzing nerve center for late-night revelry. Crab-bruschetta tapas ($10) crown crispy garlic toast with feta cheese and lump crabmeat, and pita-bread triangles dive into a creamy bath of paprika-dusted hummus ($5). After pinching the ceramic cheeks of their adorable small plates, diners can move on to entrees such as the bacon-stuffed Ego burger ($6.50–$8.50) and the ham- and pineapple-topped tropical pita pizza ($10). Both pair nicely with a signature cocktail or pave the way for the New York–style Ego cheesecake ($6), which comes drizzled with lines of Hershey’s syrup to form a facsimile of Manhattan’s subway map. Diners can take in the open air of Alter Ego's moonlit patio space or head inside to enjoy karaoke, open mics, and live bands or DJs on weekends.
Jeff Woodruff started Keg Cowboy in Houston as an Internet supplier of homebrewery gear, he told Patch. When his wife got a job in Lexington, he decided to bring his business along and open a storefront. He decked it out with all the same supplies that were once in his online store, supplementing them with a climate-controlled grain vault that keeps 55 varieties of yeast, 61 varieties of grain, and 21 varieties of hops fresh and free of pests and freeloading scarecrows. He finds himself delighted with the transition, saying "Lexington has great water—and great water makes great beer."
On Saturdays and Thursdays, homebrewing classes supply students with all the skills needed to begin making their own bottled beverages at home. Keg Cowboy also offers do-it-yourself kegerator and beer dispensing equipment for chilling and serving their home-brewed beverages. In addition to enhancing novice brewing abilities, Keg Cowboy houses its own craft beer tavern on the premises where patrons can sample a rotating stock of global beers which changes bi-weekly.