Howl at the Moon
Come here for the cheap, generic drinks and stay for the dancing and great live music sets. Featuring everything from saxophone and bass to piano and funk, you'd better be ready to hit the dance floor and get down with the lively, unpretentious crowd. Parking is tough, but it's close enough to the light rail. Take advantage of that public transportation, since the drinks here are strong enough to warrant the occasional spread of free happy hour bites.
There is often a cover that averages $7, but it's well worth it for the music that rivals its sister establishment, Pete's Dueling Piano bar. Avoid this spot if you're seeking a low-key night, since it's usually filled to the brim with bachelorette parties and winners of their private 100-person happy hour nights.