The Klavier Lounge serves up after-work spirits, accompanied by the soothing sounds of 88 expertly orchestrated keys. Patrons can savor sips of the venue’s specialty martini, The Klavier, in the luxurious leather half-moon booths, chat up coworkers with a cocktail beneath the chandeliered ceiling, or stuff dollar bills and napkins scribbled with friends' phone numbers into the pianist’s tip jar. Expertly mixed martinis, such as the pomegranate and lemontini ($7+) please fruit-seekers, while $6 martini specials, $2 off imports, and $1 off mixers on Wednesdays and Thursdays placate wallets. In addition to bottled beer, The Klavier also stocks wine for the liquor leery and brings in occasional visiting bands and musicians to augment the ambience on weekends. Although not included in this Groupon, The Klavier Lounge also offers a savory selection of enticing eats, and is open for business Wednesday–Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.
Every Friday night at The Hairy Lemon Irish Pub, the menu expands?cooks add six seafood entrees to their usual repertoire. For the Friday Night Fish Fry, cooks bake cod, fry beer-battered perch, and sear fillets of walleye, serving them alongside parsley butter potatoes, coleslaw, potato salad, and rolls. But the menu is just as hearty the rest of the week, as cooks craft pub classics ranging from wonton-wrapped mozzarella sticks to reuben sandwiches heaped with sauerkraut. By way of entertainment, the cozy eatery hosts tournaments of the popular Sheepshead card game on the first and third Saturday of the month.
A direct descendant of the days when public houses were publicke houses and beer was dinner, Taylor & Dunn’s Public House provides a friendly, familiar gathering spot for people in need of nourishment. The wide-ranging menu spans sustenance options such as battered onion rings ($6.99) that are great for starters to the locally beloved T&D’s reuben, which piles home-cooked corned beef high on grilled marble or light rye and tops the whole thing off with sauerkraut, swiss, and thousand-island dressing or Dunn sauce ($10.99). As the most famous British pair since King Sonny and Queen Cher, the fish 'n' chips promise diners delicious mouthfuls of cod and fries ($11.99). Thirsty stomachs are satisfied by draft or bottled beer, and nightly drink specials include $3 Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick’s on Thursdays.
Centennial Bar & Grille satiates thirsts and appetites with authentic, fresh pub fare served in a century-old structure that's home to compelling historical nuances. Peruse the dinner menu and start off with handmade five-onion soup ($5.95), then proceed to the main course with any of the freshly made classics such as grilled tenderloin and mushroom ravioli—hearty cut of beef tenderloin quietly wooing the robust flavors of portabello mushrooms and roasted red peppers in a rich gorgonzola cream sauce ($15.95). After settling disputes between former taste buddies, tempt sweet teeth with a variety of house-made desserts such as cocoa-crazed Guinness chocolate cake ($5.50) or the always-beloved bread pudding ($5.50). Along with daily specials, Centennial features a Friday fish fry, featuring a half pound of tender walleye ($13.95), perch ($13.95), or cod ($11.25) fillets lightly breaded and fried.
With its half-timber historical façade, Arriba Mexican Restaurant & Lounge wouldn’t be out of place in an Alpine ski village. But step inside and the space practically glows with south-of-the-border charm: walls are swathed in warm magenta and yellow hues, and the original tin ceilings are gilded in gold.
The pleasant incongruity extends to Arriba’s menu, which landed the eatery the No. 10 spot on CityVoter's 2011 list of best Mexican restaurants. Traditional Mexican cuisine, such as shrimp fajitas and deep-fried chimichangas stuffed with housemade chorizo, takes center stage, but the restaurant also hosts Friday fish fries and serves thick burgers piled with southwestern toppings such as chorizo and guacamole.
Arriba's adjacent lounge hosts live music, potlucks, and open mics. Here, guests can sip libations from a vast drink menu that features 18 varieties of tequila, seven flavored martinis, and precisely one flavor of water.
Aside from being a premier venue for watching sports, Saloon on Calhoun is a bacon utopia with a daily all-you-can-eat bacon happy hour, bacon-infused vodka, and a menu of bacon-accented pub classics. Widescreen TVs speckle the wooden walls throughout, allowing patrons to catch game replays and Martha Stewart knitting segments from the bar, pool tables, or Internet jukebox. As darts bust cork, thin-crust pizzas present guests with slatherings of homemade sauces and bacon burgers, wraps, and beer-battered fish emit puffs of steam in solidarity with the ears of infuriated cartoon characters. In addition to weekly trivia, karaoke, and live blues events, a fully stocked bar with 15 craft beers tests the limits of patrons' tolerance for fun.