This post was inspired by the Gorky's thread below.
Where are the cool hang out spots? Where you can go and have a conversation with friends where you don't have to SHOUT over the noise, have a couple of mixed drinks or decent beer, have some food, not have to wait hours to get in, and not feel rushed once you're there. Good ambiance, reasonable prices - does any place exist?
The Red Lion for lunch came close to that for me once when we sat up on the patio.