The Twin City Tavern (1815 Westport Road) is the type of corner bar where you intend to have one beer but suddenly find yourself drawn into a conversation. It's also a fine place if you're just looking to have a few beers and keep to yourself.
The long, rectangular room grows warm as it fills up with the after- work crowd. All of the specials start after 5 p.m., so there's no time limit on happy hour here.
The service is quick, but you'll have to catch the attention of the bartender or servers, who are in constant motion once the crowd shows up and takes over the black booths that line one wall. So be patient, because the sign above the bar warns, "there's a $5 charge for whining."
The grill immediately to the right of the bar cranks out pub food: burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, chicken sandwiches and fried everything (chicken fingers, jalapeno poppers, french fries). Sides include tots, fries, chips and Fritos. Twin City Tavern regularly features a boiled shrimp special on Friday nights, when families eat next to college kids. Thursdays, it's three tacos for $2.50. Every day after 5 p.m., a steak dinner with a salad, potato option and garlic bread is $12 (no take-out on the steaks).
The Reuben (pictured above) is the Tuesday special ($7), available all
day. It's an explosion of sauerkraut, lean corned beef and Thousand
Island dressing. Swiss cheese glues everything together inside the
marbled pumpernickel bread, but you'll still want to lean forward when
you take a bite. This is a hot, salty, filling sandwich not to be
ordered on a whim.
There are decent beer specials -- Fat Tire and Coronas are $3 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, respectively. Domestic pitchers are $12 every day, but Bud Light pitchers are $6 on Saturdays. Bloody Marys are $5 on Sundays and Mondays.