There's nothing better than a good basement bar. Not stuffy or exclusive, and yet a step-up from college bars of yore, these kinds of bars generally attract laid-back customers and have affordable prices to boot. Enter the Phantom Room.
Owned by the same people behind Faust and several other ventures along the St. Mary's Strip, the Phantom Room was said to have a similar spooky vibe and eclectic crowd. It was also supposed to have a club feel — local DJs and musicians often perform into the early morning hours. Despite not actually being located in a basement, I was eager to check it out.