To my (and other Valley dwellers/Westsiders') surprise, Downtown has quite the thriving nightlife scene. From the perpetually packed Perch to the quirky scene at Clifton's Republic, there are plenty of night-out-on-the-town worthy spots to get your drink on. But one of the newer additions is also one of the more subtle locales, doubling as an upscale cocktail bar and chill neighborhood hangout. The venue from 213 Hospitality is casual but boasts an impressive menu of craft cocktails (ranging from an affordable $11-$13) as well as small bites like cheese and charcuterie.
I ordered both the Negroni Sbagliato, a bubbly take on a classic negroni, and The Lowside Special, a fresh fruity libation with a bit of spice from that black pepper. Both drinks were refreshing, and complemented the Grilled Cheese that I ordered (which was cheesy, toasty, and buttery). It was a strange combination but one that was kind of perfect for a post-work, early evening meet-up.
And of course, while you're there, don't forget to check out the hidden bar, The Slipper Clutch. The neon-lit throwback space is completely different than its more laid-back counterpart, and comes with a pinball machine and Pac Man game. The bar program is a bit simpler, though, focusing on your go-to G&T and Vodka Cranberry. Open late from 8pm-2am, it's definitely geared more towards the nightlife scene, and would make the perfect venue for your next throwback party.