The Gin Mill (closed)
The Gin Mill is really two bars (and a restaurant) in one. Up front you have the Gin Mill Urban Pub (formerly Swig, but the name changed because of a trademark dispute), which serves up more than 100 draft and bottled beers, including an extensive list of microbrews. The patio is a happening happy hour spot or secure location for watching a game and munching on apps like steamed pork buns or battered mushrooms and onion rings. In the back is where the real action goes down. The Gin Mill Speakeasy Lounge is open from 7 pm-2 am Wednesday through Saturday nights. Here you’ll find drinks like the Aristocrat, with Hendricks gin, muddled cucumber and basil, fresh lime, and cranberry juice, which are served in a barely lit atmosphere that instantly makes everyone prettier.
Happy hour is Monday-Thursday, 4-7 pm, and Friday, 4-7 pm. Get 20 percent off bottles of wine during happy hour and all day Sunday-Wednesday.