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A decade ago when Chip Schloss finished rehabbing the building at 4140 Manchester, Atomic Cowboy became a pioneer of the Grove's booming nightlife scene. Today, Atomic Cowboy is known for music performances every night of the week and a creative fresh mex menu. Food includes sweet potato empanadas with jalapeno cream, gaucho fries topped with chili con carne, Mexican spaghetti with chorizo meatballs, and all the burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas you can imagine. With a huge outdoor patio and firepit in addition to a full bar both inside and outside, Atomic Cowboy is a suitable place to let loose all year round. Food and drink specials are offered every Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. at happy hour. Other drink specials include $1 PBR nights and $0.50 Stag nights. Brunch is also served every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features huevos benedict with smoked salmon, a Mexican slinger, tres leches french toast and hot Kaldi's coffee to wash it all down.
The Gramophone is one of the stalwarts of the Grove's burgeoning nightclub scene. The venue prides itself on booking a stylistically diverse mix of music, from up and coming hip hop acts to bloghouse DJs and swampy Delta blues. The Gramophone is also the new home of legendary bi-weekly dance party London Calling. With its classy yet laid-back feel, non-smoking policy and great drink selection, the Gramophone is suitable for just about any genre.
Once the odd new kid in the Grove, HandleBar has now established itself as a friendly neighborhood anchor. At first the bar seemed sort of doomed. Its bike-friendly-plus-we-have-pierogies mystique was slightly alarming, even more so because it occupies a space that has changed hands and names several times -- but its spunky appeal prevails. With 20 beers on tap, many of which are local, and plenty of specials daily, HandleBar is a nice place to fuel up on your bike commute home from work, to stop by for the latest ‘80s dance party or even simply to check out some bicycle artwork. The food menu features pizzas, plenty of vegetarian options and Russian-inspired entrees like blinchiki and pelmeni. In addition to famous dance parties, HandleBar also has room for local bands to perform.
The phrase, "no hurry, no worry" greets visitors upon entering Taha'a Twisted Tiki, a French Polynesian-themed bar in the Grove. Lucas and Derek Gamlin, known for such spirit-centric ventures as SubZero Vodka Bar and Gamlin Whiskey House, have their fingers on the pulse of the latest liquor trends. If Taha’a is any indication, rum is poised to be the next big thing. The brothers have chosen to celebrate it in the style of classic tiki, with “Zombies,” mai tais and “Volcanoes” lit afire and served with umbrellas. Taha’s has all of the staples of a tiki lounge: a thatched outdoor patio, bartenders in Hawaiian shirts and ceramic shark-head mugs. It’s a fabulous place to drink, but the food lacks the cocktails’ vibrancy. Best bets are the ginger-soy-glazed Taha’a chicken wings and the zesty tuna poke (though the long strips of tuna are a little hard to manage). Pass on the skewers — they’re tiny and lackluster — but save room for the fried Oreos. Perhaps they’re more Hawaii State Fair than Polynesian tiki, but after a few cocktails, it doesn’t matter.
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