The Blind Bear Speakeasy promises a return to the 1920s world of speakeasies, even having access passwords on the weekends. The aesthetic extends to its cocktail menu, which features drinks like “The Flapper” and the “Bootlegger’s Mule” made with moonshine. For the food, the “Jager BBQ Burger”, and mac and cheese made with Pepper Jack cheese are highlights. The atmosphere is quite casual, with live performances Thursdays through Saturdays – and the weekend offers the “Hungover Like a Bear Brunch.” Check their Facebook page to find out the weekend passwords.
The Mollie Fontaine Lounge has a rather unique location on the outskirts of the downtown district. It’s a converted Victorian house, packed with antiques, and it’s rumoured to be haunted. There are full bars both upstairs and downstairs, as well as plenty of comfortable couches and chairs. A piano player typically sets up shop in the downstairs foyer, and DJs come in to perform as well. Feel free to challenge the bartenders to come up with new drinks featuring your favorite spirit. If you’re not feeling creative, order from specialty cocktail menu. Make sure to order the outstanding truffle fries to pair with drinks.