Avoid the crowds and check out the nightlife tonight instead.

Avoid the crowds and check out the nightlife tonight instead.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, at 51 N. Main St. in Ashland, has a dart tournament tonight, and each Thursday, at 7:30. Even those who are a danger with sharp pointy things in public can enjoy a cozy spot near the fireplace, pub grub and a selection of drinks ranging from a nice cup of tea to the hard stuff.

Bella Union, at 170 W. California St. in Jacksonville, serves oyster and ales on Thursday nights, with samples and special prices on featured beers. Tonight showcases eclectic bottled brews. Guitarist David Pinsky plays the blues at 7 p.m.

The Wild Goose, at 2365 Highway 66 in Ashland, has music tonight, too. Gina Scaccia performs at 8 p.m.