Purple-toned Twist Restaurant & Lounge looks better when it's dark. Even the crowd gets more stylish as the night wears on, especially in the back bar area, near the big disco pig. Don't let these particulars discourage you from coming to Twist's happy hour (4–7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) for fresh cocktails, $2.50 Bud Lights (24 oz.), and small plates. The list of $5 drinks made with house-infused spirits is extensive. Both the Pineapple Kazi (pineapple-infused vodka with muddled lemons and limes) and the Cutini (melon-infused vodka with muddled cucumbers) are sweet and good, and the Twist Margarita and the Cinnamon Senorita (blood-orange and cinnamon infused tequila with fresh lime) are nicely sour. You can tell the bartender cares about making inventive cocktails—the colorful liquor infusions in jars above the bar are testament to that. Unfortunately, the same care is not taken with the food. Our $2 once-frozen French fries were devoid of flavor, as were the monochromatic veggie spring rolls ($2) with their ginger plum sauce (which tasted bottled). Our advice: Get a few orders of the tiny salmon cakes ($2 for two) and an order of the steamed clams ($5). They're pleasing—though you'll get no bread to soak up the clam's salty sauce, so consider yourself warned. Another easy-on-the-pocket cocktail should assuage your disappointment in no time. MOLLY LORI
This Happy Hour profile originally ran in the August 9, 2006issue and has been slightly modified.