Best of 2012: Karaoke Bar
Best of 2012: Neighborhood Bar: West
So good, they made a sequel. Actually, the "II" in Thunder & Buttons' name is in honor of the original tavern, which was shuttered by a fire in the late '80s. Heather Joffe and her husband, Eric Ivey, bought the second incarnation of the restaurant and bar two years ago, and since have worked hard to give customers what they want — including four nights of karaoke. The crowd will fill the upstairs room, Joffe says, and emcee Crazy Tony is great at getting everybody going. Well, almost everybody. "I am not a karaoker," says Joffe, "and that's for the best for the general public."(Followup question: No matter how much you've drunk? "Correct.") Along with karaoke, T&B II serves homemade food, hosts a trivia night, and offers drink specials, football viewings, all-day Sunday happy hours, and parties. — Chet Hardin
Catch daily food specials like steak sliders and blackened shrimp fettuccine, beyond a sizeable sandwich and salad menu. See their website for daily happy hour and late-night drink specials. Also open mic comedy night, Geeks Who Drink and live music nights.