Live music and stray taquitos bounce off the walls at Park Avenue Pub, a members-only establishment replete with blues and jazz bands, billiards, big-screen TVs, and eclectic American eats. The pub’s virile taps flow with more than 80 varieties of beer, each working up a sweat in order to win over sippers scattered throughout the extensive outdoor patio or in the bar's tune-filled rooms. In between shots at the billiards tables or staring contests with the big-screen TVs, members can mouth manifestations from the inventive dinner menu, summoning dishes like greek nachos, which pair deep-fried wonton chips with a house cheese blend, fresh-pitted Kalamata olives, and peperoncinis ($7.95), or hand-battered mushrooms with horseradish sauce ($6.95) and overenthusiastic truffle pigs. The menu also hosts organic and gluten-free options to sate all edible interests.
When discussing CT's Grillin & Chillin's atmosphere with reporters from Metromix, founder Mike Fletcher explained, "I didn't call it a sports bar on purpose." Mike wanted his eatery to be something more than just a sports bar— a place where his son could perform music, where his daughter could work during summer break, and where family and friends could gather over classic American dishes. So while the 12 televisions are often aglow with the latest sports games, on other nights, the bar hosts live music, karaoke, and trivia nights. Servers hoist plates of hearty sandwiches and spicy wings from the kitchen, while bartenders dole out mixed drinks and pour glasses from their selection of more than 25 draft brews.
Neon beer signs cast a nostalgic glow across the dark-red walls of the cavernous dining rooms, illuminating the large booths and wooden tables. A spacious area in the front of the venue is equipped with microphones and speakers, creating an ideal stage for open-mic nights or public declarations that calculus is boring, no matter what popular opinion says.
21 East serves a number of cocktails that's easy to remember: 21. Its libation menu also catalogs 12 rotating draft beers and 25 bottles of wine. Perhaps the only thing flowing through the restaurant as profusely as the drinks is the sense of local community. 21 East showcases the talents of local artists who perform between exposed brick walls and under blue-tinted light.
Locally sourced ingredients help inspire a feast of American cuisine. From entrees such as new york strip steak to lobster mac 'n’ cheese and citrus-marinated mahi-mahi, the menu unites a whimsical blend of upscale and down-home taste.
The Cazbah serves up traditional American and Asian-inspired small plates along with a carefully curated list of wines. Housed in a former feed-and-seed store, it features a chic industrial design with tin ceilings, exposed brick walls, and a rooftop bar that allows guests to enjoy dinner with a view. The Cazbah furnishes those dinners with a menu of between 30 and 35 rotating tapas, including grilled seafood, veggie dips, and comfort-food staples. The wine list is equally varied, making it easy to find pairings for all types of cuisine.
The president of Northampton Wines, Richard deBondt, lends his perceptive palate and vast vino-centric knowledge to Italy Exposed, a one-hour educational exploration of the world's second most refined beverage after Tang. Learn proper tasting technique and pairing methods while sampling seven premium Italian wines, accompanied by a selection of Italian cheeses and fresh-baked bread from the Wine Café. Between sips, discover the basics of Italian wine-law and learn to read an Italian label, so you don't get fooled into buying a $500 bottle of moustache oil. Insatiable imbibers can also take advantage of a special 20% discount on all in-stock Northampton Wines merchandise.