Tiny combustions and the smell of butter emanate from Goodnight's Comedy Club's vintage popcorn maker as nationally touring standups such as Marc Maron and Ralphie May step up to the mic. With a brick wall behind them and a checkered floor below, these headliners spin their comic yarns as popcorn, Buffalo wings, and cocktails deftly land on tables. In addition to its cabaret menu of apps and drinks, the club is connected to two restaurants. Every month, the mostly private Grille at Goodnight's unveils a new menu of upscale American fare, from prime rib to lobster mac n cheese and pumpkin ravioli that turns into carriage ravioli at midnight. The Old Bar Restaurant and Bar resides underneath Goodnight's, treating diners to more casual fare in the form of burgers and Tex-Mex platters.
Chef Conrad Johnston injects innovative twists into Krave's menu of modern American cuisine, topping Parisian-inspired flatbreads with caramelized shallots and dousing small plates of Cajun-style calamari with creole seasoning. With fresh meats, local fruits and veggies, and sauces made from scratch, Chef Conrad concocts tapas, entrees, and salads before diners' eyes in his show kitchen. Meals are savored on the outdoor patio or within Krave's sleekly decorated interior, which surrounds diners with chrome metallics and subtle kinetic lighting. On Friday and Saturday, night owls or owls in human disguise can sip handcrafted signature cocktails until 2 a.m., scarf down items from the full menu until 4 a.m., and groove to tunes spun by top area DJs.
Oliver Twist Lounge buzzes with an effortlessly romantic vibe thanks to its candlelit interior, which brims with sumptuous dark-red and maroon accents. Artistically crafted plates showcase Spanish-style tapas crafted from verdant veggies and spicy seafood, and more than 20 specialty martinis and an extensive wine list complement each savory bite. Chefs cook up morsels well into the night, and a jam-packed calendar of entertainment—ranging from live music to belly dancers—propels guests from their perches in the VIP room onto their feet or extremely limber elbows.
At Trali Irish Pub, chef Eamonn Kelly has masterminded a diverse menu of traditional Irish fare. The daily-changing carvery menu harks back to medieval Ireland and stuffs stomachs with freshly cut meats in dishes such as meat loaf, slice steak tips with bourbon-peppercorn sauce, and corned beef and cabbage ($9.95 each). Edibles such as a fresh-fruit waffle with bacon and eggs ($9) and the traditional Irish breakfast—replete with irish sausage, rashers, and a grilled tomato buttressed by home fries, beans, and eggs ($12)—populate the brunch menu, and Trali's catering services deliver succulent Irish grub right to hungry doorsteps, dropping off items such as sandwich platters ($3.50–$4.50/sandwich), handmade desserts ($3–$40), and bangers and mash ($40).
Since its founding at a secure location off of Glenwood Avenue one year ago, LoneRider has adhered to its founding principle: that beer is a delicious, drinkable expression of personal creativity. Casual and professional imbibers from across the Triangle have, at their first sip of LoneRider suds, been know to drop meek and flavorless drafts and finally take action on their plans to create a race of atomic super-men. The flagship brew, the hazel-eyed Shotgun Betty, is a sassy hefeweizen with a banana-clove nose and a dry finish, unusual and unabashedly individual. The DeadEye Jack porter rides into town on a chocolate horse with a malt mane, and then performs a complicated dressage routine on your tongue.
Whipping up upscale pub grub with expertise, North Ridge Pub pairs reputable fare and a comfortable setting better than a leather couch fitted with a deep fryer. Amid a casual atmosphere that’s blanketed in lustrous wood finishes, patrons can enjoy a welcoming staff and varied dinner and brunch menus compiled with the freshest ingredients available. Hunger-addled visitors can sample specialty entrees such as the Cameron Steak, marinated with soy and pineapple ($13.95), and meatloaf with secret sauce, vegetables, and mac 'n' cheese ($8.95/$11.95). Seafaring visitors and Aquaman can opt for seafood offerings such as the shrimp picante with rice and tortilla chips ($12.95), and handy diners can test-bite a mitt-fitting crab-cake sandwich ($7.95). North Ridge Pub's fully stocked bar serves up high-octane drinks that help fuel discourse more efficiently than Socrates appearing on The Arsenio Hall Show.