Before my second drink at the Local Lounge, a disheveled homeless man plopped down next to me asking for change. Seconds later, instead of kicking him out, the bartender had the man move to his own table and gave him coffee. In summation, don't let this cocktail lounge's stylish and hip decor belie its general friendliness. The Local Lounge is an LGBT-friendly bar, and with that name and varied offerings (video lottery, fine cocktails, DJs, Glee nights), it also works well as an inviting neighborhood bar or a Saturday night destination. JASON SLOTKIN.
What to drink: A Spanish coffee ("I make great hot drinks," the bartender boasted).
Happy hour: $3 well drinks and microbrews, $1 off food 4:30-7:30 pm daily.
Entertainment: Karaoke, LGBT events, dance nights, live music.