The former home of Music Millennium's Northwest location and current locale of two roaring fireplaces, the Fireside feels fancy. But don't let that stop you from bellying up to the lovely windowed bar at the front of the restaurant. The bartenders are on the ball, the happy hour is affordable, and the fire is so delightful. Maybe a little more oriented to the ladies-who-lunch crowd, the Fireside is nonetheless a great spot to sit down and tip a shaken concoction into your mouth—an upscale but unpretentious option amid all the slightly clinical/touristy offerings in the 'hood. COURTNEY FERGUSON
801 NW 23rd,
Mon-Fri 3-5:30 pm ($6 Classic cocktail menu, small plates, $4 drafts, $6 red, white, rose wines).