Against the Grain is a beer bar, not in the sense that there are a million dudes watching footie and yelling and slamming back Boddingtons, but in the sense that it is a wine bar for beer people. They offer a rotating selection of beers you've never heard of on tap, and a bunch of beers you've never heard of in bottles, that are listed on the menu in categories such as “White," "Pale," “Amber," “Light," "Dark," and “Darker," which apparently makes taxonomic sense if you know stuff about beer.
Amazingly, they serve a pretty robust menu out of the teensy bar/kitchen, of the small plates-haute bar cuisine variety that seems to be popular these days: charcuterie platters, beer-steamed shrimp, pork loin sandwiches, that sort of thing. The bartender is preternaturally friendly, and won't make you feel weird for being the only person in the bar if you happen to get there before your friends. --Audrey Ference