Let a nightlife dream team (hailing from Bar DeVille, Barrelhouse Flat, Lone Wolf, and Aviary) loose to rehab an old Polish dive and the result is this gem. The downscale vibe remains intact—as evidenced by the dozens of taxidermied animals and cheap beer—but the simple yet adroitly crafted drinks make this a cocktail connoisseur’s nirvana.

Who’s there: Mellow neighborhood folks who appreciate amaro and checkers (a board is built into each table)

What to order: Sazerac (Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond rye whiskey, bitters, absinthe rinse, and Demerara syrup)