The Buccaneer

2211 Club: If you walk by too quickly, you're likely to miss the place. Inside the narrow, hidden storefront is a long bar of locals, a small table in the back and ... well, that's about it. An alternative to the Royal Oak's pickup scene next door.

Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar: What started out three years ago as an overflow bar for the always-packed Sushi Groove restaurant has become its own debonair destination. Grab a seat on one of eight bar stools or plop down on one of the leather love seats in the storefront window and groove to Euro-style lounge music while mingling with young neighborhood hipsters. The eclectic 50-bottle wine list focuses on small wineries from around the world -- there's even a wine from Lebanon -- and the bar offers 13 wines by the glass or half-glass. Want some sushi to go with that? Just give the bartender your order and pick up the goods a few doors down.

The Buccaneer: An unpretentious bar with great happy-hour specials and a free pool table.

Green's Sport Bar: If there is an important sporting event on, even at 9 am, Green's will be open for business. March Madness really packs them in with as many as 10 simultaneous games, and on an off day, it's one of the few bars in the area where you're likely to find a seat.

The Royal Oak: With its plush sofas, Tiffany-style lamps and jumble of potted plants, this popular bar is a relaxed, old-timey saloon by day. After dark, however, it drops its sleepy demeanor and is transformed into a packed singles scene.

Tonic: In the space that once housed a working-class neighborhood bar is now Tonic, home to black clothes and pink cocktails. The interior is plush, with dark blue velvet couches and barstools, architectural light fixtures and floating candles on every table. Another plus is the jukebox, which specializes in alternative British bands such as Hooverphonic, the Smiths and Pulp.