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Lauren Cusimano

Time Out Lounge

Familiarity is the name of the game at the Time Out Lounge. Owner Laura Kelly-Phillips and husband Ed (a.k.a. the Tall Man) took over the suite at the end of Huntington Square Shopping Center in 1988. The two have been behind the bar on a weekly basis ever since, and many of the bartenders have been here for years, serving craft and domestic beer, quick cocktails, and easily accessible shots of … anything. It’s roomy, has three pool tables, hosts live music from touring and local acts and, and opens at 11 a.m. every day. It’s close enough to downtown Tempe to attract a mix of college students and locals, but far enough from Mill Avenue to avoid the club types. More often than not, all the stools are occupied with drinkers simply enjoying a cable movie together on one of the TVs behind the bar.

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