Harpreet "Happy" Singh—also known as “The Beer Baron”—holds court over 22 taps of suds chosen from a rotating selection of craft beers. Singh, who also presides over Perry's Liquor and Craft Beer, adds his encyclopedic knowledge to every pint of Delirium Tremens or Armored Fist Black IPA that slides down the smooth wooden bar in his industrial-chic watering hole, nestled within the nearly century-old Schenone Building in downtown Livermore. Hanging metal lamps spotlight seats at the bar, where flat-screen TVs flicker with sports, and a candlelit back lounge lends tabletops to Greek food brought in from Demitri's Taverna. Hits from the '80s, '90s, and modern hip-hop scene fill the bar on Thursday through Saturday nights, when DJs enthrall crowds with alluring beats punctuated by tributes to Perry Como.
At Simply Fondue, diners begin meals by submerging bread, vegetables, and fruit into bubbling pots of cheese. Following the appetizer course, servers present platters of meat, spring vegetables, or seafood. These entrees are cooked to order in one of four styles: traditional (coated in sesame batter and fried in soybean oil), Mediterranean Sangria (seasoned with wine, garlic, and orange), vegetable bouillon (cooked in a spiced broth), or fondue grill (grilled tableside). For dessert, servers flambé chocolate fondue and accompany each vat with nuggets of pound cake, jumbo marshmallows, chocolate-chip-cookie dough, and other delicacies. Among 18 dessert fondues, the bananas foster fondue brims with banana liqueur, dark rum, and a hint of cinnamon, whereas the rocky road contains a chunky blend of marshmallow cream, pecans, and construction cones. Bartenders complement meals with a choice of more than 100 martini flavors, from classic cosmopolitans to pumpkin-pie martinis. Arched, Spanish-style doorways open toward dining areas with low red and gold lighting. Wire sculptures and abstract paintings deck the space above booths, and an entire wall, inlaid with cubbies, stores dozens of wines.
The rich flavors of Arabica beans burst from Panama Red Coffee Co.'s menu of handpicked coffee, ground and steeped using a craftsman-style batch-roasting technique. Guzzle a steaming mug of Panama Red joe, spiked with a shot of espresso, to fuel all-night study sessions or marathon congressional hearings ($2.25–$2.65). A blizzard of coffee, milk, and chocolate sweeteners swirl in the frosty Mocha Breeze ($3.35–$4.45) and regular or sugar-free hints of vanilla, almond, Jamaican rum, and other aromatic accents permeate flavored lattes ($3.15–$4.15). Cono pouring is available at the coffee bar for tastings and regular cups of coffee.
Around the burgundy-walled space of Sanctuary Ultra Lounge and Restaurant, guests sink in to plush chairs, savor bites of fire grilled gourmet pizzas, or get up and dance to music spun by a DJ. The lounge prides itself on effortlessly shifting from upscale restaurant to high-energy nightclub. A back room plays host to live musicians late into the night and even the morning when they all transform back into potted plants. For those more interested in dinner than karaoke, the kitchen grills up Angus burgers topped with portobello mushrooms or peanut butter, and prepares plates of braised pork and poblano tamales.
Una Mas Mexican Grill entices customers with high-quality, traditional Mexican cooking delivered with a modern flair and appetizing attitude. Incline your eyes to the menu and try a small bowl of tortilla soup with marinated chicken, avocado, cheese, and broth-soaked tortilla shreddings ($2.79 for a small). Margarita salad tantalizes teeth with fresh Romaine lettuce, jicama, cabbage in reds and greens, carrots, radishes, pinto beans, and mexican cheese, all flicked by the flavory fingers of salsa fresca and lime vinaigrette ($6.29). Volunteer your mouth for the task of dismantling a foghead burrito, which wraps chicken in a chili-tomato tortilla and accessorizes with cheese, guacamole, rice, black beans, sour cream, roasted pasilla, corn salsa, and barbecue sauce ($6.59).
From the classic to the cutting edge, the staff at House of Style approaches every hairstyle request with fundamental styling prowess and the ability to fashion a customized look that suits its wearer. This versatility stems from owner Sue Holmes, a 30-year industry veteran whose knowledge and artistry has been queried by runway style agencies. Whether clients bring in a photo of their ideal look, an idea to work from, or a well-coiffed radish, the stylists will fashion a savvy 'do that matches the image while adding a tailored touch and brushstrokes of color, straightening treatments, and products from Sebastian and Redken. Hair and lash extensions, European waxing, and mani-pedis round out the salon options.
About to celebrate its one-year anniversary in Livermore, Menchie’s streamlines the complicated art of frozen yogurt consumption into three simple steps: mix, weigh, and pay. Choose from a rotating menu of more than 100 flavors such as chocolate cake and pomegranate tart, and then accessorize your cup with the more than 60 toppings, including fresh fruit, sugary cereals, candies, decadent sauces, and cake and cookie crumbles. Crammed cups are weighed ($0.39 per ounce), scores are settled, and satisfied sweet teeth skip off to enjoy frosty spoonfuls. Health-conscious consumers can try nonfat, low-carb, nondairy, and no-sugar-added options. Dairy flavors are packed with live and active yogurt cultures, making each cup a Trojan horse of protein and calcium that can potentially lower cholesterol, boost wilting immune systems, and topple legendary walled empires.