Bar Exam: The Lucky Lure

It’s like a quick trip to the beach without leaving town

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Bar Exam: The Lucky Lure
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The Lucky Lure

1427 N. Orange Ave.

Beer/wine or liquor too?
All of the above

Check all that apply:
(  ) fancy cocktails
(X) make ’em strong and keep ’em coming
(  ) wine list (5 choices or more)
(X) craft beer
(X) beer: the usual suspects
(  ) wide selection of bottles
(  ) wide selection on tap
(Note: There are no taps or bottles at the Lucky Lure, just cans – about 70 different beer choices at any given time.)

Food? (  ) Y   (X) N

Smoking allowed? (X) Y   (  ) N

After work or after hours?
After work

Get laid or just get drunk?
Just get drunk – or pleasantly hazy.

Outdoors drinking: (  ) Y   (X) N
But “inside” and “outside” are kind of the same thing at the Lucky Lure.

DJs? (  ) Y   (X) N

TVs? (X) Y   (  ) N
What’s on?
World Fishing Network or surf videos

Jukebox? (  ) Y    (X) N

(  ) pinball
(  ) arcade games
(X) pool
(  ) darts
(X) other: foosball

Essay question: Why should I drink here?
Hanging out at the Lucky Lure on a sunny afternoon is so much like being at the beach – the long narrow room festooned in nautical decor like fish traps, buoys and surfboards; the open-air windows all along one side – that it’s a surprise to find the scuffed-up concrete floor doesn’t have sand on it. The huge selection of great beer (cans only; they’ll give you a coozie if you ask) is complemented by strong cocktails. Lean an elbow on the long open ledge and watch the birds and boats on Lake Ivanhoe, or turn your back to the street and pretend the sound of traffic on Orange Avenue is ocean waves.

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