I'm of the mindset that you can have fun in any place despite the crowd if you're there to hang out with your friends. So going by that, I've always managed to have a decent time at 185 despite what everyone else has accurately said about the crowds there. But yeah, I think I'd honestly just like to enjoy that place more than I do. We lived a 5 minute walk from it for years and maybe went over there 3 times?
Used to hit Barcelona a lot and became regulars with the bartender, which can help out on the drink prices. It is a bit expensive, but a really nice place.
I've only ever set foot in the Hey Hey one time (which I think also isn't technically within the GV historical boundary, right?) but thought it was ok. Didn't leave much of an impression either way on me.
The one time I went to the Beck Tavern it was ok. Seemed like a neighborhood joint for some other neighborhood, and was a bit of a smoke-easy. Or at least on that day it was.
The High Beck is also ok. Another one of those places I'd like to enjoy more. Although I used to love going there for lunch. Great brisket that they smoke out back. And surprisingly good pizzas.
Anyway, +1 on The Round Bar and Jimmy V's and Gresso's and Easy Street.
+2 on the MoJoe Lounge. I was sad to move away from it like 2 seconds before it opened. :(
Is the old Banana Bean up and running with their liquor license yet? Because I can see that being a nice cozy place to drink if they did decide to run in that direction with that concept.