Bars have become the meeting places of choice now that libraries, public parks, and desolate midnight crossroads are all under Prohibition. Enjoy a legal and delicious dalliance with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of bar fare, drinks, and cigars at Fuse Lounge in Rochester.
Fuse Lounge whets appetites with small plates while wetting whistles with signature drinks in a swanky, contemporary setting. Kick off a night of human watching over a tower of steak and portabella mushrooms ($12) or Cajun filet tips ($11) from the bar menu before moving on to a beer ($3+), a glass of wine ($7+), or one of Fuse’s signature cocktails. The sassy array of signature libations includes the raspberry truffle, the Skinny Dip, and the titular Fuse martini, among other cheekily named concoctions ($10).
Smoke aficionados will find themselves drawn to the upstairs cigar lounge, where they can sink into plush chocolate-brown suede couches punctuated by deep red décor as they puff away on a stogie from Fuse’s humidor. Bask in the soft, sultry lighting while dragging or sipping away, exuding the big-city confidence of a turn-of-the-century oil tycoon without the pressure of keeping a monocle in place.