May 11, 2018
The Good Life has undergone something of a facelift. Now under new management, the space has been reworked as a bar, restaurant and nightclub. Offering three bars spread over two floors, the new venue regularly plays host to live bands and DJs. The downstairs bar is particularly well stocked with vodka (over 90 varieties kept in freezers) and the atmosphere is very different to that of its previous incarnation. The décor isn’t anything outrageous but is pleasant enough the standard dark wood/exposed brick combo, though the polished wooden bar adds a sleek touch, and the fact that the venue displays works by local artists adds a nice, quirky spin. Food is described as ‘American bistro with French and Italian influences’ think quality comfort food such as lobster risotto and mac ‘n’ cheese.
Executive chef Juan Mejia is a member of the Chefs Collaborative, which means there’s a strong emphasis on using local producers and suppliers, so your food may be from fairly close to home. There’s a good list of cocktails, made with freshly squeezed juice and quality ingredients: try The Kitchen Sink, which lives up to its name by mixing Ketel One Vodka, St. Germain, Prosecco, lime juice, lemon, lime, orange, Maraschino cherries and mint, or the slightly less busy Ecto Cooler (Absolut Mandarin and various citrus). We admit to being slightly scared of the Late Lunch, which comes with a cheese stuffed olive and a beef jerky skewer. An after-work crowd fill the place most nights, sipping on decent cocktails and filling up on tasty dishes. It can feel cramped but it’s a reliable spot all the same.
Main photo credit: http://www.goodlifebar.com