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Lauren Cusimano

Rips Ales & Cocktails

True story: Waylon Jennings and the late Charley Pride both bent elbows and sang songs at Rips a lifetime ago. (Don’t believe us? The owners have the photos to prove it.) That’s your first history lesson. Here’s another: The distinctive, Googie-like angular architecture of the building and its Space Age-worthy sign underscore its mid-century origins as a neighborhood watering hole dating to the 1950s. It has undergone a dozen name-changes since – Dutch Inn, Dodge City Saloon, Bourbon Street Blues, and Paco Paco – each bringing in drinkers from every background imaginable. It's still the case, as they keep coming for strong pours from the wraparound bar, 13 brews on tap, dozens of canned craft beers (Ska Brewing is big here) drink specials on the regular (Tuesdays are margarita night), rock and punk shows, DJ nights, and thrice-weekly karaoke. The patio is equally popular, often packed with smokers conversing at tables over the clamor of music from inside.

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