Cafe Saint-Ex

French art-deco-era posters with aviation and travel motifs give this corner-rowhouse bistro a Parisian feel. There’s not much wiggle room once the petite bar gets packed, but Gate 54, the basement-level lounge, offers ample space to dance, and a DJ spins every night starting at 10. Consider sampling the seasonally minded menu (think fried-green-tomato BLTs and steamed mussels) before imbibing—almost half the brews here contain more than the normal 5 percent alcohol.

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