Most of the area’s restaurants and bars line the streets above East Calhoun, in Uptown and Lyn-Lake. The emphasis here is on unique craft brews and thoughtfully designed dinner combinations.
In Uptown, the beer taps shine brightly at Lake and Irving. On this gastropub’s menu, you’ll find traditional dishes with an Asian twist, like the Kaluha pulled pork sandwich, which comes highly recommended. Lake and Irving stays open until 1 a.m. on weekends and has extra parking for patrons behind the building.
Muddy Waters, another Uptown classic, stays busy until 2 a.m. Rushes occur at brunch and dinner, when diners can stick to soft drinks or opt for a beer from the restaurant and bar’s extensive menu. Spices work their way into dishes like chorizo hash browns and Siracha Bloody Mary's.
In East Calhoun, Republic gives the neighboring bars stiff competition. Focusing on quality food and communal events, their burgers are second in fame only to their stock of both well-known and rare beers. Stop by for trivia on Wednesday nights or get together a bocce ball team to play on Republic’s indoor court.
Nightlife tends to drift downtown,
especially if you’re looking for a dance club or music gig. Around East Calhoun and Uptown, the environment remains subdued. Instead of getting lost in a multi-story club, enjoy a long conversation and margarita at Chino Latino. Or sip handmade lagers while playing shuffleboard on Herkimer Pub & Brewery’s outdoor patio.
For a good laugh, the locals head to ComedySportz. A bit like "Whose Line Is It Anyway," this comedic improvisation performance involves two teams dueling with wit and humor. Audience participation is a must, so sit in the back if you’re stage shy. Thursday through Saturday, the 8 p.m. show keeps things family-friendly, while a 10:30 p.m. show on Saturdays contains more adult themes.