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Beatnik

Perfect For: Action at the Bar Big Groups Birthdays Casual Weeknight Dinner Date Night First/Early in the Game Dates Girls' Night Out Small Plates

Beatnik is a West Town restaurant and cocktail bar that serves small plates with a Spanish and Mediterranean influence. This place is big on atmosphere, with sections that will make you feel like you’re in Pan's Labyrinth or The Darjeeling Limited. There are Cognac slushies as well as dishes like a rabbit arepa, fried quail, and cheese dumplings in a saffron broth. A menu this scattered can be a red flag, but Beatnik delivers - the dishes all work and the food is actually really good. You might eat your meal on an ornate daybed from Bali, and it only adds to the really enjoyable experience.

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