New tenants are rejuvenating the Brewery District. Shadowbox Live is getting the most attention for moving to the neighborhood last weekend, but a new restaurant and bar might be more indicative of the district's increasing popularity as a nightlife destination.

New tenants are rejuvenating the Brewery District. Shadowbox Live is getting the most attention for moving to the neighborhood last weekend, but a new restaurant and bar might be more indicative of the district's increasing popularity as a nightlife destination.

T. Murray's Bar and Kitchen, at the corner of High and Beck streets, is a pleasant change from the sports bars and softball hangouts populating the area.

Don't get me wrong; I'm a huge fan of those places, which seem to be brimming with more patrons recently. But T. Murray's is an upscale place with a fair share of swank that's ideal for a date night or just going out in style. It feels like one of those boutique restaurants and bars that are all the rage in the trendy Short North.

Wooden double doors open to a room with a high ceiling and a dark, almost black, wooden bar top. With tables that match the bar, T. Murray's not only looks elegant but also downright cool. Speaking of cool, a mural on one wall looks like a cross between "Cool World" and Steve Guttenberg's cat cartoons from "Three Men and a Baby."

Mosey over to the elongated bar, which has quite comfy stools, and settle in. Soon an attentive bartender dressed in a crisp white button-up will take your order.

With eight beers on draft - imports, crafts and the obligatory Miller Lite - getting a pint ($5) is always a good option. I recommend the Green Flash West Coast I.P.A.

All of the usual spirits ($5 call, $6 top-shelf, $7 premium) and some higher-end varieties are available, and they may be more suitable for a classy place like this. Also, I'm no oenophile, but I overheard a number of people raving about the wines by the glass ($6-10).

Want to nosh while you drink? The bar snacks and appetizer menu - which, like the dinner menu, is contemporary American cuisine with an Italian twist- includes Eggplant Stack ($9), Spinach, Artichoke & Goat Cheese Wontons ($8) and Ever Changing Sliders ($7-9). You can also check out the happy hour and late night bar menus.

By far the most appealing aspect of T. Murray's is the second floor bar area, with its nice view of High Street. It's perfect for a group of, say, co-workers during happy hour. Hint hint, Alive staffers.