There’s something comforting about simplicity. Don’t get us wrong, the occasional pint of Peanut Butter Milk Stout Chocolate Chai Porter or deconstructed “play” on chicken parm is all well and good, but sometimes you just want a Miller Lite and some spaghetti.
Enter what is perhaps the most no-bullshit duo in town: Gallatin Pike neighbors Mickey’s Tavern and Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen. It’s a combo that’s a no-brainer, really—fresh, made daily pasta paired with refreshingly regular beers and a damn fine whiskey selection. Throw in Mickey’s jukebox, a game of darts, and Nicoletto’s late-night menu, and you’ve got a hang that won’t leave you broke, hungry, or wondering how to drink that liquid nitrogen cocktail. Check out Mickey’s new sister bar, Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, in Madison, and—if you’ve already given up on that New Year’s resolution—buy some Nicoletto’s pasta to take home and cook.