Queen Anne's Paragon is a sleek haven of vaulted ceilings, sandy walls, and flickering candles. Vodka lovers especially will delight in the happy-hour assortment of cocktails ($5), offering everything from lemon drops to cosmo martinis. The expansive discounted food menu abounds in meaty plentitude; Mongolian chicken ($5), served with spicy garlic-steamed noodles is exquisite. Quietly relax near the stove and savor the afternoon's plush calm—later on, live music will shake the air six nights a week, and there's never, ever a cover.

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