Skilled mixologists serve up complex drinks at Wisdom, a dark yet charming cocktail parlor where heavy draperies and ornate lights hang along exposed brick walls. Their drink menu runs the gamut from wine and imported beer to a vast selection of authentic absinthe. Bartenders also mix up non-alcoholic "mocktails," with flavor profiles that are as interesting as their alcoholic counterparts. Events such as trivia night pit martinis against memories, and yappy hours let dogs lounge on the patio and play poker while owners sip libations. Wisdom also dishes up tasty tidbits such as chocolate beer waffles doused in maple syrup or bacon waffles covered in bourbon and caramel apples.
Pulsing rhythms and potent cocktails energize the long, narrow space inside Bar 7, keeping crowds entertained until as late as 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Surrounded by a sleek combination of brick walls and flat-screen TVs playing muted CSPAN coverage, DJs keep patrons' hips swaying and toes tapping with infectious dance beats. Meanwhile, bartenders stay busy by mixing complex cocktails such as the Lemon Skittle Sorbet and Diddy's Peach made with Cîroc peach. The kitchen crew then sates drink- and dance-fueled appetites with plates of hearty comfort food, including crab cakes with homemade rémoulade sauce and pan-seared shrimp with a jalapeño-spiked honey sauce.
At Lounge of Three, scarlet walls envelop a softly lit upstairs lounge lined with leather seating, while the ground level offers a TV-bearing bar, both of which show off a variety of small plates and sandwiches to complement cocktails and conversation. Mini morsels like the lemon-pepper-infused garlic wine shrimp ($10) can provide tantalizing previews to hearty meals or exercise seafood independence like so many daytime TV spinoffs of The Little Mermaid . Bantam burgers come in the carnivorous or meat-free variety, with the three-bean mini veggie burger ($9) acting as a peaceful pacifist to the hawkish Angus beef of the mini mama burger ($9). Full-sized flavors of savory sandwiches such as the cilantro-lemon-butter-infused tilapia pita ($10) and buffalo chicken sandwich ($8) fill main-course cravings.