Mix Downtown offers a menu of seasonal small-plate items in a stylish atmosphere replete with gourmet-worthy tables, lounge-worthy furniture, and dance-worthy floors. The Mix version of poke ($12) sends taste buds on a crisp Hawaiian outrigger ride across slices of ahi tuna and taro chips in spicy soy dressing. Plates of Kobe beef sliders ($10) and barbecue-glazed baby back ribs ($10) allow carnivores to exercise nature's silverware (the hand). Light eaters can allocate orders of sweet potato fries ($6) or roasted vegetable flatbreads ($9) with herbed goat cheese to ensure that there's room in the tummy's dessert cabinet for a peach melba float ($6).
The revelry starts early at T2 Night Club & Lounge; every morning at 11 a.m., chefs serve up hearty breakfasts, followed by lunches of pub grub, including sliders, barbecue ribs, and tacos, paired with stiff drinks. It's certainly best known for its nighttime festivities, though. On Fridays and Saturdays, DJs spin while patrons dressed in somewhat dressy attire—never in beanies or garbage bags, even ones made from recycled materials—groove on the dance floor. On weekdays, the guests can release their inner superstar during karaoke sing-alongs.
District 2 sates cavernous appetites within a casual community sports bar, boasting more than a dozen brews and five tap-side TVs. Suds-loving patrons can sop up pints of Guinness ($7), Miller Lite ($5), or Original Sin cider ($6), with a succulent hot and spicy chorizo dip, fraught with red peppers and the glowing coals of defeated taste buds ($8). Or sink snack-craving incisors into a menu of gourmet bites, such as a quartet of Angus mini burgers on toasted brioche rolls and platters pilfered from Barbie's dream house (4 for $9, 8 for $14). The D2 mac 'n' cheese, frosted with three-cheese fondue, delights dairy addicts and self-obsessed cows ($10), and the Yuengling beer-battered fish and chips treats seafarers to incognito imbibitions ($12).
Mermaids and mermen are a surprisingly common sight at Dive Bar. Fin-clad entertainers spend their evenings elegantly swimming through the 7,500-gallon aquarium that hangs over the bar’s stone countertops, charming guests as the bartenders mix an array of classic and contemporary cocktails. Exposed brickwork, black-leather armchairs, and a dangling chandelier don’t necessarily continue the nautical theme, but they do contribute to the overwhelmingly luxuriant ambiance.
Live musicians grace the bar’s stage on Wednesdays, whereas Thursdays feature a dueling-piano show that brings to mind Billy Joel and Elton John’s legendary joust to the death. In addition to hosting DJ performances, the lounge pumps out dance-worthy tunes until as late as 2 a.m., even allowing customers to connect their iPods to the sound system and either play their favorite song or the shortest chapter from their favorite audiobook.