Knocking back a few shots during cross-examination may have been de rigueur in yesteryear’s kangaroo court system, but such tomfoolery is démodé in today’s dingo district courts. Relocate boozy chats between lawyer and judge to a fitting locale with today’s Groupon. For $15, you get $30 worth of bar fare and impressive drink-pouring tricks at Sidebar in Covington, one of Metromix's best new bars in 2009. Instead of remaining aloof on the other side of the room while beautiful strangers offer to buy you drinks, stay close to the bar as your competition-level martini slingers expertly spear olives in slow motion and chill vodka bottles by tossing them into outer space.
Bars are great spots for declaring preemptive thumb war on unsuspecting foes, so you’ll need to stockpile rations for a lengthy campaign. Sidebar’s menu offers plenty of options, including appetizers such as onion straws ($5.95), quesadilla rolls ($5.95), Juan Parnello’s queso dip ($5.95), and Sidebar wings (6 for $4.95, 12 for $8.95). Dig your mouth-shovels into a tasty burger that’s hand-pattied daily with 80/20 Black Angus beef. Burger options include the Soprano (pizza sauce, onion, and two cheese sticks, $7.50), the Devil’s Advocate (spicy ranch sauce, sliced jalapeno, and provolone, $7.25), and the Double Jeopardy (two patties with your choice of cheese, $8.50). Sandwiches such as the Roebling Reuben ($7.95) are also available, as well as 12” pizzas such as buffalo chicken ($9.95) and The Big Bill with onions, peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and double cheese ($12.95).
Watching postal workers or blimp pilots at work may not be very exciting, but witnessing Sidebar’s flair-trained bartenders spin and juggle bottles of booze is as thrilling as blimp-delivered mail. With a well-stocked jukebox, live music three nights a week, and flat-screen-toting walls, Sidebar is a solid spot for snazzy drinks, good eats, and celebrating successfully delivered subpoenas.
Metromix listed Sidebar as one of its favorite new bars of 2009, noting the top-notch bartenders:
- …what truly sets Sidebar apart is the entertainment happening behind the bar. On any given night, Sidebar’s competition-level bartenders show off their skills, like spinning bottles overhead and throwing them over their shoulders. Trust us – that vodka cranberry will taste better here. – Amy Schoenfeld and Rich Shivener, Metromix
- Tried Sidebar after a Thursday night drinking and have to say I was surprised and impressed…Good food and a cool bar to hang out in. I will definitely be going back. – barfly85, Urbanspoon
- The bartenders are cool and they entertain the customers with bar tricks. When I walk in, they know me be name or just the knowledge that I have previously been there. – Jamie, Google Maps
322 Greenup St.
Covington, Kentucky 41011Get Directions