This week: Blood & Sand at Rev-el-ry Pub and Grill on University Parkway.
The drink: Irish whiskey, sweet vermouth, black cherry juice and orange juice. I'm not always a fan of whiskey-and-juice combos, but somehow this works out well. The sweet/tart black cherry is especially nice, and the whiskey is still front-and-center.
The bar: Obviously a neighborhood fave, with its own entrance if you don't care to go through the main restaurant door. Long bar, couple of TVs and a few booths. The kind of place locals go to for a few pints on their way home. (Good beer selection, too.)
Food: The "grill" part of "pub and grill" manages an extensive menu spanning burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and then a full slate of entrees.
Other notable potables: Original cocktail creations on the specialty drink menu lean toward the sweeter side, with a couple of chocolate-based selections, a "Salted Karamel Apple" vodka drink and a "Honey Pot" with JD Honey as well as Bacardi rum. A good way to satisfy your sweet tooth before switching to beer.