Best New Bar - 2008
What's not to love about the Grove? This stretch of Manchester Avenue continues to blossom with new bars, clubs and restaurants that cater to all kinds of clientele. The Gramophone opened this year with the mission of uniting the disparate strands of this city's music scene, all while serving fresh, inventive cocktails. The bar hosts DJs and live music nearly every night, and everything from folk to jazz to hip-hop is welcome on the venue's tiny stage. But while live music is all fine and good, you're out for a drink. The Gramophone has you covered, offering a cocktail menu with drinks inspired by pop songs (like the Sunshine Superman and the Raspberry Beret). The vibe is warm and inviting, and the low lights and leather seats on the mezzanine exude a lounge-like atmosphere — minus the pretension.