If you’re roaming around downtown looking for cocktails, The Varnish is where you go. Yes, it’s a speakeasy and no, you’re not going to hate it. There’s no over-the-top theme or gimmicky decor, just a good space with great drinks, and a surprisingly low-key atmosphere. Getting hungry? Cole’s French Dip sandwiches are right next door and you can order as many as you want straight to the bar.
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The Nomad's Rooftop Bar has great downtown views, excellent service, a low-key crowd, and it's perfect for day drinking.
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