Nice mentions in the latest issue of Esquire (the one with Leonardo DiCaprio) for Manifesto and R Bar & Restaurant, in the mag's ongoing list of "Best Bars in America." Manifesto (1924 Main) gets accolades for being "an excellent modern speakeasy," but the bulk of the blurb is about R Bar (1617 Genessee). Here's what the lad mag says:
... the new R Bar is a classic-looking, almost patina-ed bar and grill with good modern food and, best of all, speakeasy-style drinks: real cocktail -- the julep is excellent -- nothing too fancy but not the same-old same-old, either. Plus, if it gets a band in, and it does, it's a good one, playing just the kind of music you'd expect in a part of town called the West Bottoms.