Duck off Burnside through a nondescript door and suddenly you're in a different world—the bar at the RingSide, your very own intimate, but casual den. Of course, you can order one of the magnificent (and pricey) steaks from the restaurant menu. But that's not why you're here. You're interested in that wall of bottles beautifully stacked behind the bar, and the distinguished man in a tux calmly fixing the drinks, who will never be stumped by any possible cocktail request you dream up. Wines by the glass are also first rate and there's an extensive whiskey and scotch list. If you are feeling hungry, hit up the steak bites from the happy hour menu (9:30 pm-close)—a steal at $2.95. MJ SKEGG
A cozy old classic steakhouse with cushy booths, a roaring fireplace, and bow-tie clad servers. A must if your rich grandparents are in town or you just got a big promotion. If you're tight on cash, however, Ringside has one of the world's best happy hours (nightly 9:45 pm-close plus Sunday 4-6 pm in the bar area only) with an array of delights for only $2.25. Try the steak bites, jalapeño poppers, oyster shooters, Caesar salad, ground steak burger, and anything and everything else.
Payment Type: Amex, Visa/MC
Happy Hour Info: Mon-Sat 9:45pm-midnight ($2.25 sampler menu); Sun 9:45pm-.
Time to Try Out the Ringside
- by Katie Shimer
Aug 29, 2002