After a shaky decade, Westport is once again a bright, bustling entertainment district, with new restaurants, bars and shops serving young crowds. We love it. But one drawback to this upswing is that it gets damn crowded in there on the weekends. And some nights, we're not in the mood to body-check the drunken masses while waiting five minutes for another vodka soda. So lately we've been hiking a few blocks northeast and posting up at MiniBar. The seediness of its Broadway location is prohibitively scary for the snootier and more suburban slice of the Westport clientele, and after a slowish first year (RecordBar owners Steve Tulipana and Shawn Sherrill opened it in the spring of 2012), it has been embraced as a hangout by wider swaths of the city's arts scene. Non-dubstep DJ nights, the occasional punk show in the upstairs bar, a solid beer selection and a 3 a.m. license: Feels like the old Westport.