Inside Le Rouge Hair Lounge, there's a portrait of a woman in Marie-Antoinette-style garb with a tall gray wig and a powdered face. This old-fashioned glamour extends to the rest of the salon's decor: A gold chandelier hangs overhead, and near the portrait, a French-style sofa and two vintage wingback chairs surround a curio cabinet. The cabinet is stocked with Redken products, and there's a boutique area featuring a collection of baubles and handbags. Step into one of the styling stations, and you can watch as a skilled stylist does up your hair in an ornately framed mirror. At the back of the salon, there's a vanity table filled with glo minerals makeup products, and you can roast plastic marshmallows over a faux fireplace.
Piano keys float through the air on a mural on the wall of Chez Vin Wine Lounge, a Chester wine bar with subdued lighting and a relaxed ambience. Jazz melodies drift through the air as bartenders fill glasses with beer and local wines. As patrons chat with friends or engage in staring contests with strangers, chefs flavor blue crab claws with Old Bay seasoning, wrap scallops with bacon, and prepare other tapas.
It's difficult to top the sheer creativity of the food menu at Midlo's Bite, which features everything from homemade donuts in a lemon glaze to burgers stacked with classic pizza toppings. Still, the drink list proves up to the challenge. The bar's staff is renowned for creating specialty cocktails that toe the line between dinner and dessert. Most are topped off with a creamy scoop of ice cream, and some rely heavily on liquors infused with the candies of childhood. It's easy to forget that you're actually the age listed on your driver's license when you're digging into a brownie topped with a minty shot of Rumplemintz or finger-painting with the brown foam of a Guinness float.
Audiences often arrive an hour early to Laugh Out Loud’s comedy shows, lured in by the comedy club’s amiable staff, frequent visits by nationally renowned comics, and full dinner menu. Before the live acts step into the spotlight at 8 p.m., patrons can converse and watch scattered flat-screen TVs while dining on panini sandwiches, fresh-made Punchline Pizzas, and other casual fare. After dinner, audience members stay at their tables as the lights dim and the Laugh Out Loud stage is swarmed by daring and original joke tellers. Recent headliners have included Shaun Jones, known for his outrageous personal anecdotes, and Ron Feingold, whose musical comedy routine has recently slayed the club's audiences. Laugh Out Loud regularly schedules shows four nights a week, including the popular Wednesday night open mic, which showcases the fresh talent of amateur comedians and the soundman's admittedly unoriginal microphone check.
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.