Youd never guess this location once housed a retail store for granola-inclined women, but it did. Gone are the gauzy tunics and patchouli candles, giving way to a trendy alternative to the regular area haunts. The phrase Vive le Cocktail arches above the bar, where quick-on-their-toes ´tenders serve drinks to a boisterous young crowd toasting their first round before the Westport debauchery commences. With its exposed brick walls and ductwork, One80 resembles a refurbished, upscale loft. The big window at the front of the house affords a keen view of the nightlife outside allowing you to eye a potential hookup or tonights competition.
If a saloon has aspirations to be something more than a dark, cozy venue for sipping cocktails and smoking cigarettes, it needs to take that extra step in the culinary department. The owners of One80 (who also operate McCoys Public House across the street) have put their own spin on the tapas concept, offering a tasty mix of familiar bistro fare (steak and frites, French onion soup, steamed mussels) with offbeat innovations such as goat-cheese truffles and prosciutto-wrapped almond-stuffed dates. The menu isnt extensive, but it ambitiously roams the culinary map — Greek saganaki, eggplant strata, a top-notch Monte Cristo sandwich. Even the all-American greasy miniature slider cheeseburger gets a classy presentation here as the Double B: two black-angus beef patties and cheese stacked between toasted English muffins. — Charles Ferruzza
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, Diners Club, cash
Parking: Free, Lot Available, Street
Reservations: Accepted, Recommended for Large Parties, Not Necessary
Entertainment: Every night except Sunday & Monday