Bar Guide 2015: Atlantis Lounge

3552 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3231, mississippipizza.com/atlantis-lounge. 5 pm-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5 pm-1 am Friday-Saturday.

Even as Mississippi Pizza sailed from emblem of shambling-collegiate quasi-gentrification to neighborhood mainstay, its back bar remains, blessedly, an afterthought. Only discoverable upon wading through the ever-bustling pizzeria and traversing the depths of the adjacent venue—an eclectic host for up 'n' coming combos, niche genre acts, and bingo/spelling bee diversions—the Atlantis exists as a Fiddler's Green for the weary tippler. Cultivating a time-swept atmosphere of enlightened kitsch and craft cocktails, the maritime-themed lounge operates at an altogether different frequency from surrounding environs, but there are few more enviable spots along the avenue for a brief dip or, should the bluegrass troupe have started while carb-craving hordes crowd the entryway, perhaps an evening's cruise.

Happy hour: 5-6 pm daily. $1 off wells.