It’s always a party at House Bar & Grill, an upscale American restaurant that transforms into a hopping nightlife spot as the evening sails forward. In the early evening, candlelit tables and a roaring fireplace lend a cozy-and-intimate feel to the dining room as servers flit between suede booths carrying trays laden with juicy burgers, marinated steaks, and thick-cut fries. After eight o’clock, however, the restaurant pulses with a DJ or live music, including dueling pianos and fist-fighting bassoons.
With 41 of its 250 beers available on tap, Barley & Hops pours a wide selection of suds to accompany its lengthy, European-style pub menu. Beneath the exposed-beam ceilings of the Old World-y restaurant, patrons succeed starters of gravy-smothered fries ($5) and scotch eggs ($5.99) with slurps of brews from Belgium, England, and Germany. Two flat-screen TVs in the main dining room and three in the ancillary draft room showcase sports, inspiring nearby diners to slam dunk small fish 'n' chips entrees ($12.99) into a neighbor's Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA ($10.99) to claim new ownership. Refreshing gulps of the Ballast calico amber ($6.99) balance out bites of the shepherd's pie ($12.99), whose beefy interior has proven to be the perfect tool for attracting angry, vegetarian sheep.
Using only a loop of cotton thread and a careful eye, the threading specialists at The Brow Shop lift away unwanted hair. They can shape brows into clean arches, defuzz any part of the face, and even thread the arms, leaving them smooth and bare. The process is well suited for sensitive skin, as it adheres directly to hairs rather than to the flesh that surrounds them. Visitors to the salon can also find powders and gels to tint the brows and hold them in place.
Ryan Bros. Coffee's attentive owners match discerning tastes with artfully crafted blends of fair-trade coffees and mouthwatering café fare. Classic coffees include featured roasts ($1.75 for 12 oz., $2 for 20 oz.) such as bold Cowboy coffee or the full-bodied Broadway Blues, which are filtered for fuller tastes. Espresso drinks inject caffeine-packed shots into tongue-tickling flavors such as a warm, creamy mocha ($3.55–$3.95) or a chilly, blended Java Lava frappe ($4.25). Chompable menu items grant solid starts to the day, including the chipotle-bacon breakfast sandwich ($5.95), whereas real-fruit smoothies, including the refreshing mango patch ($4.25), rev bodies with vitamin-rich fuel. Salads ($6.50–$7.25) and freshly grilled paninis ($5.95–$6.95) are also available for consumption. Packaged portions of coffee, tea, and comestibles adorn shelves in front of burnt-orange walls and sun-sprayed indoor or outdoor seating areas offer the ideal space in which to enjoy free WiFi.
At Aces Comedy Club, a rotating lineup of local and touring standup comedians flocks to the stage to unpack its bag of funnies. The calendar of upcoming performers includes Patrick Deguire (May 10–13), a vision-impaired jokester who often pokes fun at needing his four kids to help him cross a dangerous intersection in his neighborhood. The freakishly talented Taylor Williamson (May 17–20) is the youngest comic ever to perform on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He's been featured on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, and MTV's TRL––all of which were cancelled soon thereafter, which he wears as a badge of pride. Seasoned funnyman Vince Morris (May 24–27), who has made appearances on HBO's Sex and the City and BET's ComicView, simultaneously splits sides and challenges perceptions with a chuckle-inducing routine packed with social commentary.