1916 Smallman St., Strip District
Cavo calls its look "bordello chic," and indeed, its vast, exposed-brick-and-concrete interior incorporates back rooms and cozy nooks, and feels both intimately spacious and welcomingly sophisticated. With its menu of modern American cuisine, it's a favorite for events from DJ nights to private parties.
2nd: Diesel, South Side
3rd: Cruze Bar, Strip District