Located on the Case campus, the Barking Spider Tavern is best known for singer-songwriter types, but jazz combos, blues groups, and indie rock bands squeeze onto the small stage too.
A laid-back vibe, a killer bar, and an ambitious kitchen cooking up everything from burgers to braised lamb make this friendly East Side gastropub a worthwhile find.
Although the kitchen at this Caribbean-themed restaurant (part of the Darden Restaurants chain) tends to keep the heat turned down, much of the food such as pressed Cuban sandwiches, butterflied coconut prawns, pan-seared pork tenderloin in a rummy demiglace is flavorful and attentively prepared. Still, the real draw is the bustling bar scene, fueled by shooters, beer, and boozy, fruity, and frozen concoctions designed to make every night feel like a week at the beach.
Located below the Grog Shop, this sleek dance club provides a steady menu of the best local turntablists along with occasional guest stints by big-name DJs.