6:00 p.m. Weekdays: Best Place to Extend Cocktail Hour into Steak Hour 

McNamara's Steak and Chop House

Like Las Vegas, the interior environment at McNamara's is completely isolated from the world outside. Inside the Dublin steakhouse, the permanent ochre dusk is punctuated only by a constellation of table lamps and the lunar glow of hundreds of backlit bottles at the bar. It's a magical hour, the McNamara's hour, when martini follows martini until it's time to cut up some meat. Summon one of the cuts of choice Angus steak, wet-aged for up to a month until buttery and seared until crusty (the New York and ribeye excel). Cast aside all the trappings -- the sauces, the cheeses, the smashed potatoes -- until it's just you, face to face with your beef, armed only with cold gin and a butter knife. Timeless.

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