Downstairs is the super popular Pearl Dive Oyster Palace restaurant, and upstairs is its super-cool bar. Red velvet curtains part to reveal the fully stocked bar, and old movies project black-and-white images on the brick walls. Other bars may have pool tables and DJs; Black Jack has two full-size bocce courts, with 19 stadium seats for spectators. Lots of comfortable red vinyl seating, crafty cocktails, and “really good house-made pies,” as in pizzas, make Black Jack everyone’s favorite hangout.
- Elise Hartman Ford