Estelle's is the latest incarnation of a Six Corners standby. The original occupant, Tower Lounge, started slinging drinks in the 1930s (today, check out the Art Deco lettering in Estelle's sign, the tiled floors and the recessed ceiling for a back-to-the-'30s flashback). In 1988, a friendly lady fronted the establishment some money that was earmarked for a renovation. The moral of this story: If you want to see your name in Art Deco lights, you've got to fork over some serious cash.
Despite its modest exterior (ho-hum glass plate doors and windows covered in slated blinds), Estelle's maintains a decidedly downtown-chic vibe inside. The decor is minimal and a bluish-green glow bathes the space. Paintings by local artists hang on a reddish wall across from the bar. Before 2 a.m., it's a pretty safe bet that you'll be able to nab a table and chitchat with your friends; the music (which runs the gamut from Motown to alternative rock) mercifully allows for the option of conversation. As the 4 a.m. hour approaches, expect to be joined by the young, bar-hopping crowd whose evening began at Cans or the Holiday Club. The bar's late hours (and the late night kitchen) are a popular draw for party and burger-hungry hoodies. The cuisine doesn't get much more exotic than the Cajun ranch dippin' sauce that accompanies the chicken fingers, but past 1 a.m., who's complaining?
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg