Hours: Mon-Thu 7am-9:30pm. Fri-Sat 7am-10:30pm. Sun 7am-4pm
Shuttering its beloved Southeast location, St. Jack has come roaring back with a much larger venue on NW 23rd—and an accompanying bar to match its critically lauded restaurant. The fancy new digs are a nice match for the bustle of the avenue, and a great place to get a high-quality drink away from the lotharios and lothariettes that can often populate the establishment across the street. Cocktails like Cameron's Kick (made with Jameson, Chivas, lemon, orgeat, nutmeg) show off the skills and theatricality of bartenders who know how to shake and muddle, while producing a fresh, lively, fruity drink that abhors girlishness. Rest assured, one will pay for this quality, and the din of the restaurant will overwhelm quiet convos—but if you want to impress a date or your palate, St. Jack's is a solid go-to choice. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
This cute little corner spot on Clinton is a pátisserie by day with coffee, pastries and the like, and a French restaurant by night with wine, meat and things you can't pronounce.
Happy Hour Info: Daily 4-5:30pm ($4 select beer, $5 house wines, $6 select cocktails, $7 select sparkling wine, $3-$7 food).