Although tumbleweeds don't breeze down its street and there's no hitching post on which to secure your horse, Brix Wine Spot swaps the valley for the Old West while helping visitors earn their sommelier spurs. A 20-foot copper bar corrals patrons as they stampede through the door, surrounding them with country tunes and over 500 of the bar's vintages.
Weekly tastings introduce palates to new bouquets, and every day a minimum of 18 wines are available by the glass, each served at an optimal temperature and right after naptime to ensure cooperation. When stomachs begin to rumble, guests can snack on artisan cheeses, salami platters, and handcrafted cheesecakes, or even bring in their own food—a practice Brix encourages as long as a glass of one of their wines is incorporated.
Cellar 13's owner, Mike Hightower, is no triskaidekaphobian. That is, he's not afraid of the number 13. Rather, he embraces it. He even themed his whole business around the superstitious number: it's no coincidence that Cellar 13 offers 13 red wines, 13 white wines, and 13 menu items. Guests can choose to explore either of the two outdoor patios, dine along the wine bar, or descend—yes, 13 steps—down to the cellar, where a cozy lounge with leather armchairs and dark wood tables welcomes guests and anything served in a bottle or stemmed glassware. No matter where you sit, you will encounter a variety of fine wines, gourmet sandwiches, and a friendly staff.
Upper Crust dishes up a delectable menu of Brooklyn-style pies, fresh Italian fare, and hearty wines, all served in a stylish dining room. Upper Crust's pizza pros handcraft their own fresh dough before showering classic pizzas ($9+) and specialty pies ($11.25+) with fresh toppings and sincere compliments. Give flight to appetites with buffalo-style wings ($4.99–$17.99), or dive headfirst into the sauce pools surrounding the ravioli ($11.99/small, $19.99/large) and lasagna ($12.99/small, $20.99/large). Meanwhile, the mediterranean salad comes topped with feta cheese ($7.99/small, $10.99/large), and the fresh house salad presents a convenient alternative to covering your roof in croutons and dressing ($6.99/small, $9.99/large).
Instead of filling the walls with sports memorabilia, Santisi Brothers Pizzeria and Sports Grill covers them with more than 100 televisions that broadcast nearly every sporting event imaginable. While watching UFC matches and football games, guests dig into slices of New York–style pizza, barbecue buffalo wings, and fresh seafood. Pool tables and dartboards are available for use at any time, and poker tournaments and karaoke nights draw in revelers on a weekly basis.
Catch 22’s broad menu is loaded with pub favorites and contemporary takes on comfort food classics. Before diving into the main course, warm up taste buds with an appetizer sampler platter stacked with chicken wings, zucchini, breaded mushrooms, and Wisconsin cheese curds ($6.99). Catch 22’s deep roster of dishes offers something for palates of all persuasions, including burgers ($7.99+) sandwiches ($5.99+), salads ($6.99+), pizza ($9.99+) and pasta ($8.99+). Feed the carnivore/herbivore rivalry by pitting the 1-pound double-header burger ($12.99) against a tablemate’s portobello-mushroom sandwich ($8.99). Heartier hankerings can also be quenched with two barbecue-blanketed chicken breasts ($10.99) or the creamy jumbo-crab ravioli ($12.99). Post-repast, grab a pint of liquid courage and challenge strangers to compete at the in-house video games, or ask the bartender to turn on the World Badminton Championship circa 1911. Open mic Thursdays, live music Fridays, and Saturday DJs keep weekends bustling with rhythm, noise, and spontaneously reproducing disco balls.
After an elaborate mani-pedi at Crystal's Corner Salon, there's a good chance fingers and toes will leave twinkling. That's because Crystal excels at glitter nail art and often incorporates the shimmery stuff into her intricate designs—some of which draw inspiration from nature to mimic animal prints or iridescent seashells. In addition to painting her tiny, shiny tableaus, she also coats nails in chip-resistant shellac and can protect natural nails beneath acrylic or gel overlays.