The Founding Fathers held their initial meetings in a neighborhood tavern, which explains why the Declaration of Independence's first draft had a long, rambling subsection devoted to how powdered wigs are a natural icebreaker. Revolt against the tyranny of boredom with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of seasonally inspired fare and drinks at Paradise Piano Bar and Restaurant.
As the chefs at Paradise Piano Bar and Restaurant plate seasonally inspired fare, bartenders concoct an expansive list of specialty libations within a modern-art-bedecked interior. Like a linebacker who babysits on weekends, brown-sugar paninis are both meaty and slightly sweet with apple-wood smoked bacon, chicken breast, swiss cheese, and onions ($12). Seafaring patrons can sink their fangs into pan-roasted salmon, decked out in a sweet curry-coconut cream sauce and veggies ($21), or name and then lovingly serenade sautéed tilapia accompanied by veggies and a white-wine sauce ($19). Tuesdays host a feast of such baja classics as chicken enchiladas ($12) and massive burritos ($8), and Mondays roll out home-style specialties including fish 'n' chips ($14), chicken marsala ($19), and fried chicken ($17). Open until midnight Monday–Saturday, diners can grab a bite after an evening of carousing or the night shift at the spork factory.
To assist grub down gullets, bartenders decant a full lineup of specialty beverages in Paradise's modern-art-decorated bar. Contrary to their namesake, Millionaire mojitos are actually perched atop rum, triple sec, and lime juice instead of millions of dollars, but the X-rated martinis live up to the hype with an adults-only show of vodka, black-raspberry liqueur, and lemon twist ($10). Wine-sippers can take refuge in a number of potables, including Cavit pinot grigio ($7 glass, $24 bottle), Toasted Head merlot ($8 glass, $32 bottle), and Saint M riesling ($8 glass, $24 bottle).
Downtown Long Beach
1800 E Broadway
Long Beach, California 90802