This neighborhood hotspot rose from the ashes of Becken’s Winning Hand, thank goodness. A notice at the top of the bar, a no-nonsense introduction to the Lion’s Eye, proclaims: “Any patrons attempting to buy, sell or use drugs will be permanently 86’d.” Beyond the sign, the transformative effects are subtle but promising: Local artwork is displayed on the walls, and the Lion’s Eye hosts barbecue Sundays on the back patio. Styx tends to blare from the digital jukebox, and pool is free on Sundays. This dimly lit, comfy corner dive knows how to have a good time, and it would rather invite the neighbors in than scare them away.
What to drink: Amber Bock, $2.
Happy hour: $2.50 domestic drafts 3-7 pm daily.
Entertainment: Pool, jukebox, pinball, Wii on Wednesdays.