The Standard

14 NE 22nd Ave., 233-4181, 3 pm-2:30 am daily.

The Standard is what it says it is: a neighborhood standard. It is a well-lit, cheap-as-sin warehouse haunt with a Hamm's Bear fetish and a big ol' aluminum-walled smoking patio. But there are the little things: pig roasts, summer kiddie-pool parties, an oddly discerning jukebox crowd and deep good-naturedness that seems to pervade not only the staff but the customers. The rotating whiteboard food includes the best damn chile verde you'll ever have cooked by a Dutch woman. Christmas, the stockings go up for everyone who works there. And when the first girl dies in Sharknado on the TV, you get so sentimental you almost shed a tear. Except the whole bar would laugh at you if you did. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily. $1 off wells and draft specials. Daily drink specials.
Entertainment: Big Buck HD, Golden Tee, Photo Hunt, photo booth; pinball machines from Metallica to Terminator 3.