If, while sipping a house cocktail at the Observatory, you notice yourself feeling somewhat more pious than you did when you walked in, you are more than likely sitting on one of the pews the owners salvaged from a nearby church. The proprietors have deftly crafted a space that manages to exude the warmth of an establishment many years its senior: A large bar dominates the room, but not at the expense of the surrounding tables and booths, and the light is just right, bright enought to actually read the menu without aid of night-vision goggles, yet dim enough to afford a small bit of intimacy. The food is great, and the list of cocktails is extensive—try a Bellini with pear vodka, peach purée and champagne.
What to drink: House cocktails, $7-$8, $4 pints of Hopworks lager.
Happy hour: $1 domestics, $4 well drinks, $3 drafts 4-6 pm nightly, 10 pm-midnight Tuesday-Thursday.