Tavern on Rush

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This two-story restaurant/lounge is comfortably clubby and upscale without being intimidating. Though you might expect a dress code, there isn't one, meaning blue-jeaned weekenders drink and dine next to the most expensive after-work suits. The lounge is downstairs, where a long bar, couches and easy chairs offer the chance to sit and enjoy a heady cocktail. The TVs throughout the bar are usually on just for local sports games, and the sound is kept off for conversation's sake. The restaurant upstairs has a race-track theme. There's enough cherrywood and leather to make folks feel like they're in the clubhouse at Churchill Downs. On the weekends, like many establishments in the area, Tavern on Rush gets jammed. Fortunately, it attracts an easy-going crowd of celebrants.