This small bar tucked away in an Old Town alley is usually swarming with hip kids yearning for the days of yesteryear when smoking in bars was still legal. Depending on the night, the crowd consists either of music fans decked out in tight, brightly colored clothes, ready to dance to whatever the DJ is spinning, or music fans decked out in tight, blandly colored clothes anticipating the sounds of a local indie band. If you want to catch the real appeal of Valentine’s—a dimly lit bar adorned with abstract art and mod furniture—show up early. When I visited at 8 pm on a Thursday, I was the only person there.
What to drink: A shot of absinthe, $10.
Happy hour: $3 well drinks, drafts and house wines, $1 off food 5-9 pm nightly.
Entertainment: Live music Sunday-Tuesday, DJs, film screenings Wednesday-Saturday.