Whiskey Soda Lounge
3131 SE Division St., 232-0102, whiskeysodalounge.com. 4 pm-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 4 pm-1 am Friday and Saturday.
Whiskey Soda Lounge exists primarily to stash away Pok Pok pilgrims awaiting their table at Andy Ricker’s Thai landmark across the street. Show up after the restaurants on Division Street start closing, though, and you’ll find it’s a more than serviceable pub on its own. The server will instinctively steer you toward grub (“we’re about to start our late-night menu—pad Thai!”), but it’s easy enough to brush that off and settle into the Thai bloody mary, which is spicy, though not nearly as spicy as advertised, or one of the many offerings made with the house drinking vinegar. MARTIN CIZMAR.