Every once in a while the muddled sounds of conversation, music, and cue balls clanking against pool tables spill onto the corner of 236th Street and Broadway. The source of the sounds is The Bridge Tavern, a neighborhood pub with an emphasis on the community. Its ceiling stretches over the establishment with a mural dedicated to Kingsbridge and another mural celebrating the Yankees. Amid a row of Bronx street signs and a wraparound bar, servers fuel the chatter with beer, wings, and half-pound burgers.
Casual American and Irish fare fills the bellies of guests visiting to catch a game or catch up with each other. The black façade's narrow windows pop with scarlet curtains that offer just a peek into the interior, where even the mantel of the functioning stone fireplace has a TV screen. Televisions also punctuate the crimson walls and cast a glow behind the bar. Wooden booths face outward while swaddling their beer-sipping cargo in red cushions.
Inspired by Boulaouane Kasbah, a castle-like structure in "Casablanca," Raine Lounge provides guests with an upscale, late-night venue. Amid exposed-brick walls, satin-pillow-topped beds, and elegant lighting, guests can engage in various activities. On Fridays and Saturdays until 4 a.m., they can sip sweet cocktails and dance to the DJ's live performances or simply relax while smoking hookahs and sampling tapas. During the day, the lounge is more low-key, featuring local games on its flat-screen televisions and serving everything from loaded nachos to burgers.
At Silhouette Restaurant & Lounge, white tables sit between the white upholstered booths, and decorative white orbs dangle from the ceiling. It's a carte blanche, literally, for the lavender light that permeates the restaurant, turning all the white to glowing purple. It's an ultra-modern setting, which lends a nightclub feel to Latin-American meals of snapper ceviche with green papaya, and pan-seared Chilean sea bass adorned with pumpkin puree. Even the caesar salad has some Latin flair with a topping of manchego cheese. After 11 p.m. on weekend nights, the eatery turns from a nightclub-style restaurant to a full-on nightclub, hosting DJ sets, birthday parties, and high-octane napping contests.
Three floors, five bars, flashing lights, and thumping bass are the ingredients that make up the tasty cocktail that is SOHO Nightclub. Each floor has its own atmosphere and guests are invited to wander from level to level, sipping drinks and taking in the scene. A male revue and a legion of go-go dancers add sultry moves to the mix on designated evenings. Revelers can relax with bottle service or hookah at tables—the perfect setting for reading a really good book.
Sweetwater's serves up an eclectic array of eats, quaffs, and entertainment, continuing the traditions of the Manhattan Sweetwaters in the ’70s and ’80s. Start a nautical-themed meal with Sweetwater's signature bowl of tortilla soup ($5.95) and a sea-sourced entree such as the fried shrimp ($11.95, with fries), and then cast a land-anchor with a hefty bacon burger (with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, and a side of fries, $8.95). Patrons can sample the full spread of bathypelagic bites with a seafood tray—fried fish, calamari, shrimps, and seafood quesadillas served with fries ($29.95).