4800 Forest Hill Ave.
Second Place: Southbound
Third Place: Uptown Alley and Galley Kitchen
When you’ve been around since 1966, you’re bound to have more than a handful of loyal followers. Swing into O’Toole’s for happy hour and you’ll see the same folks hanging out, swapping stories about the neighborhood with pints in hand. But you don’t have to be from these parts to enjoy the place. Young and old, the locals will welcome you and might even buy you a round. You can always count on this Forest Hill gem for live music, showing the big game, and quite possibly the best St. Paddy’s Day celebration in town. By now, most anyone who bar-hops has some epic story that begins or ends at O’Toole’s — whether or not you remember it correctly. Newcomer Southbound has made quite the impression since opening last year in Stony Point Shopping Center. Culinary powerhouses Joe Sparatta and Lee Gregory don’t mess around when it comes to developing a menu that blends quality with creativity. And yes ma’am, you can get some buttermilk biscuits with your fancy drink. Those of you farther south vote Uptown Alley and Galley Kitchen as the places to be.