Formerly: Though upscale sports bar may sound like a contradiction to some, Belly's makes it work. With a bank of TVs, a full menu and a solid beer list, you'll join the crowd without dropping too many bills. The bar has a sports bar mentality with a gentleman's touch of class. You're still watching the big game with friends and a few brews, but it's a big step up from sitting on the ratty couch in your apartment. Dressy casual works here. Though it's dressed up like a lounge, it's still a sports bar to the core.
You'll notice the little touch of mod in the windows in the front of the bar. That's the only reminder of this spaces' former tenant, the Technicolor Kitchen. What was once a sheet metal giant that looked like a ship’s hull is now much more restrained, as the exterior is now a bank of airy French doors. Inside, things have also gone the Pottery Barn route, with high wooden tables and chairs and a long bar. For a more intimate conversation, you might want to head to the second bar in back.
The crowd is quite a mix, but it certainly leans toward the young and sports-obsessed. In fact, it's young professional with a little of the frat boy left inside-someone who wants to drink brews with the boys and then dress up for the ladies later. With eight flat-screen TVs inside and plenty of cheap drink options, it's a haven for sports fans. During the evenings, however, DJs take over the entertainment, so a more lounge-oriented crowd invades the bar to listen to hip-hop, pop, rock and soul and sample the martini list.
Weekends have been packed in the fall, especially with football season in high gear. The nights also get their fair share of customers, since it's a laid-back atmosphere with few clubs in the immediate area. For those looking for an inexpensive drink, $1 beers on Thursdays won't drain your pocket.
During the weekend, you'll hear a classic selection of lounge tunes ranging from hip-hop to pop; otherwise, there's a jukebox stocked with classic rock and pop tunes.
Centerstage Reviewer: Patrick Sisson