Yeah, it's supposed to be all about the beer and food. But there are some places where the spaces are so welcoming and "right" that you're drawn right in, and even less-than-stellar provisions can be downright enjoyable. There are others that, despite first-class brews and fare, don't really "work", leave you wondering "What's up with this place?"
In the former category, I'd put Brouwer's, in the latter Maritime's Jolly Roger. Anyone else notice this? Does it make a difference where you spend your time/money? What other places would you put in which category?