Great Bars 2013: Lyon Hall

Yes, it’s noisy. But the energy of the young-skewing bar crowd
at this corner brasserie is contagious, what with strong cocktails that
outmatch any on the block (with the possible exception of sister bar
Liberty Tavern down the street). Subway tiles form a handsome backsplash
to the long bar, where ’tenders mix drinks such as My Mom’s Manhattan,
with Cointreau and orange-clove bitters. They’re so good it’s easy to
bypass the selection of beers—but that’s what tastes best with
Alsatian-inspired dishes like mini-frankfurters and pork schnitzel.
Insider tip: Too loud? Sunday afternoon, a quieter crew of regulars
gathers for afternoon happy hour. Open daily.

Must Try Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 3 to 7, this boisterous Clarendon
brasserie turns out hearty, beer-friendly fare (think Belgian-style
mussels, short-rib frankfurters, and an Angus burger) for $10 or