A candlelit stairway leads down to Shalel's cavernous, Moroccan-inspired space. Arabesque lanterns and lots of votives provide perfect illumination for couples nestled amongst sequined pillows on low banquettes. The bartender makes up in charm for what he lacks in knowledge, and manages to keep up with the crowd of singles ordering mostly beer from the ample selection. The variety of wines is thankfully more inspired than the usual Merlot and Chardonnay choices, and for $12 a glass, they ought to be. Snacks like Moroccan lamb in phyllo dough are best enjoyed in one of the individual cave-like rooms in the back of the lounge and—if you're lucky enough to snag a room early—you'll have supreme privacy all night long.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.