Bar Exam: Burton’s Bar 

Don't call it a dive; Burton's is way too clean and friendly for that

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Burton’s Bar

801 E. Washington St.

Beer/wine or liquor too?
Beer and wine

Check all that apply:
(  ) fancy cocktails
(  ) make ’em strong and keep ’em coming
(  ) wine list (5 choices or more)
(X) craft beer
(X) beer: the usual suspects
(X) wide selection of bottles (more than 15)
(  ) wide selection on tap (more than 15)

After work or after hours?
After work

(  ) Y
(X) N
No, but Tijuana Flats and Anthony’s Pizza deliver to the bar. Also, all the free popcorn you can carry.

Smoking allowed?
(  ) Y
(X) N

Outside drinking:
(X) Y
(  ) N

(X) Y
(  ) N
(at outside tables)

Bathrooms: nightmare or not bad?
Women’s: not bad, large and clean. Men’s has revealing swinging doors and a photograph labeled “Fucking pigs,” so draw your own conclusions.

(X) Y
(  ) N

What’s on?
About a dozen TVs tuned to sportsball of every type.

(  ) Y
(X) N

Loud music or background music?
Background music (TouchTunes)

(  ) pinball
(X) video (PowerPutt, Golden Tee, Big Buck Hunter)
(X) pool
(X) darts
(  ) shuffleboard
(  ) mini-basketball
(X) other: video poker

Essay question: Why should I drink here?
People sometimes call Burton’s a dive bar, but that’s a misnomer – it’s much too clean and friendly to be called a dive. Burton’s is that type of bar you could classify as a “utility bar,” a place where absolutely everyone is comfortable. Here you can sit at the bar and watch sports while downing Miller Lites, debate politics while kicking game-animal ass at Big Buck Hunter, discuss the last book you read over a round of Lagunitas IPAs or just watch Thornton Park street life pass you by as you lounge outside with your dog.


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