A fully equipped and elegant entertainment space, aVenue Banquet Hall hosts corporate lunches, wedding receptions, holiday parties, and more. The five-hour shindig rental comes with the set-up and breakdown of tables and chairs, as well as the sound system's DIY DJ-friendly outputs for an iPod or wireless microphone. Party planners can invite up to 80 people, or 50–60 if opting for a dance-floor setup. Open catering and DJ policies let clients design custom theme parties such as a Hawaiian luau, sock hop, or I'm-glad-we-escaped-that-volcano celebration. Plentiful seating and hardwood floors proffer a solid foundation on which to build a classy wine tasting or a stirring seminar on the difference between stirring often and stirring frequently. Carousers can opt to rent linens, glassware, and silverware for an additional charge. The venue's alcohol policy requires that all alcohol be purchased from Auburn Spirits, which offers discounts for aVenue renters.
The Westside Local Restaurant & Beer Garden satiates ravenous diners by utilizing an extensive selection of beer and a dinner menu that suggests drinks to complement each entree. Barons of the brewski can start by guzzling down a European beer, with intercontinental selections including Belgium's Hoegaarden ($6), Germany's Henniger Premium ($4), and Canada's Unibroue Ephermere Apple ($6). Domestic craft brews such as Kansas City's Boulevard Dry Stout ($6) and Bell's Two Hearted Ale ($5) from Michigan are also available for patriotic palates, as is a wide array of wines. Pair your barley pop with one of Westside Local's large entrees—the grilled chicken breast unites its poultry with a jalapeño-infused sweet potato hash ($19), and the grilled cheese sandwich, a melty amalgamation of brie, emmentaler, and white cheddar, leads gourmands on a gondola ride through cheesy canals ($9).
Granite City Food & Brewery, a casual family restaurant founded by hospitality experts, has an on-site brewery and a menu stuffed with more steak, seafood, pasta, flatbread pizza, burger, and sandwich options than Abe Lincoln had dollar bills stuffed in his top hat. Gourmet pub-grub appetizers and many other generously portioned dishes are listed alongside the beers that bring out their flavors. The intoxicating taste of the inebriated vodka mussels ($12.99) is suggested alongside Northern Light––a light creamy beer––and the juicy, tender meatiness of a 14-ounce New York strip ($25.99) is advised along with Brother Benedict’s bock––a brownish German-style lager. Others among Granite City Food & Brewery's six specialty brews are the Irish-style Broad Axe stout, known for its nose of roasted chocolate and coffee notes, and Duke Of Wellington, an IPA with muscle-bound malt character and a deep-seated dislike of Napoleon.
Bottle12 Wine Bar's knowledgeable libation lecturers escort imbibers through an array of flavorful varietals. Assemble a band of wine-minded merrymakers or finally make use of at-home cloning kits to populate a Classes with Glasses course, which politely introduces pupils to three diverse wines. Each 90-minute class touches on essential vino factoids such as typical traits of specific regions, how to make effective food pairings, and more accurate methods of plotting future bottle purchases. Each pupil can complement leggy swigs with an expertly paired appetizer, chosen by the lecturer from the bar’s gourmet menu. Students enamored of a particular vintage need not adopt a glass-half-empty worldview, as additional pours of wine, beer, food, or merchandise are available for purchase. Tutorials are capped at 16 people or 32 sentient corks.
The glass wine cave stands squarely in the middle of Scott Benjamin's 4 Olives Wine Bar. Within the crisp, translucent walls rest 800 types of wine and 500 fine spirits, 40 of which are available by the glass. The wine accentuates the fresh fish, wild game, and artisan cheese that Scott uses to craft his Mediterranean-American-style dishes. From chicken breasts encrusted with kalamata olives and served alongside gorgonzola polenta cakes to canadian salmon glazed with mango-peppercorn sauce atop a bed of mixed greens. Scott is so dedicated to making every bite its best that listed alongside every menu item—be it cheese plate or mac 'n' cheese—is a suggested wine pairing.