Best Of 2022

Best Bar That Feels Like a Basement

Northside’s The Lounge at Liberty Exhibition Hall is a very low-key hang, open to everyone. Specializing in live music — with a focus on Jazz nights — the bar offers cocktails, wine, beer and non-alcoholic tea concoctions in an environment that feels very much like a 1970s swingers basement. The dim, red-hued lighting is accessorized by hook-rug-type wall hangings, textural couches and tulip tables. It’s a funky and retro speakeasy with perfect seating options to accommodate deep conversation.