When my friends and I are pub crawling on Main Street we always make a stop at this “secret” bar. Those who’ve been introduced to The Narrow Lounge love to whisper about this hidden gem, as it lends a bit of street credit to us “in the know”. Part of the allure is that you would never know it was a bar if you passed it on the street. Tucked behind a furniture store and an unmarked door, follow concrete stairs down a graffiti covered hallway and emerge into a plush, wall-papered room, with chandeliers and mood lighting.
It has the atmosphere of a 1920’s speakeasy and takes its name from its long and narrow layout. A dark wood bar runs the length of the room, with patrons pushed up against it on stools or at small tables along the opposite wall. On weekend nights it’s quite crowded, and we often find ourselves pushing our way down the narrow aisle.
There is simple, great-tasting food; with eclectic entrees like pasta or tacos, as well as elegant snacks like mushroom pâté and truffle parmesan popcorn. We mostly come to drink, partly because they have an extensive drink list, well known for their classic-style cocktails and martinis ($ 11 for 2 oz drinks), but also because they are open later than most of the nearby pubs and restaurants. This makes it a popular after-party spot for Main Street locals.