I need the help of my fellow local 'hounds for a couple of outings downtown/uptown this coming Friday.
First we need a casual, non-chain spot for lunch and a drink. Good food & atmosphere and not too stuffy.
After dinner that night, we need a place to relax and unwind. It's been too long since I've hung out downtown (I hate the uptown label). We're looking for a lively, place for drinks and maybe some live music (although not required). No clubs, please. I don't want any chain concepts either and please, no overcrowded bars w/ 20 somethings doing jaeger bombs and royal flushes. Ha! I also don't want to go to Dandelion Market (was just there last week). I'm also thinking I need to avoid the Epicentre.
Thanks in advance for your help!
P.S. Bonus points for something different and fun! I do want to try and catch the Steve Perille - Unfiltered exhibit at The Light Factory... but that doesn't necessarily count as "fun". ;-)