Happy Hour

SideBar: Happy Hour Report Card

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​When our turn comes round again, we order two of the four nibbles offered: Red Pepper Hummus and Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip w/ Parmesan (you can also get Warm Artichoke Jalapeño Dip or a Fudge Brownie). Both are served with big white bowls of pita chips, "served" in this case meaning that the lids are popped off of the little plastic tubs. It's not that they're not tasty, just that it feels like you're at a friend's house and she just got back from the grocery with some "appetizers." That she's going to put on the coffee table. Next to your feet.

Luckily, the White Rabbit (Frangelico, Smirnoff vodka, White Godiva liqueur, Horchata, garnished with a vanilla sugar rim) more than lives up to SideBar's reputation for cocktails. A quick look down the list shows there are many more we'd like to try, too.

The Interior: The entrance to SideBar is an oddly imposing door on the side of a little brick building that also houses - quite incongruently - a Starbucks and a Pei Wei. The parking lot seems like an oasis at first amidst the often treacherous search for street-side spots, but during crowded times it can quickly devolve into a nightmare (we waited at least ten minutes while a mini-traffic-jam sorted itself out before leaving our space).

The door opens on a black-stained wood staircase that leads up to the bar, introducing the continuing feel of entering that one tiny, neglected theater on campus where the theater kids staged their own psychedelic productions of Hamlet and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Upstairs, it's a fairly small but welcoming space, with a lounge area, bar, and high-top tables. The exposed brick walls are decorated with colorful local art, and the super-modern barstools are more about looks than comfort (or would be, after a trip through the car wash).

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Amanda Kehrberg
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