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Bar Exam: Hanson’s Shoe Repair 

We take a closer look at the downtown speakeasy

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Hanson’s Shoe Repair

Address/phone number:
27 E. Pine St., 407-476-9446

Website:
facebook.com/hansonsshoerepair

Beer/wine or liquor too?
They have beer and wine, but cocktails are the point.

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

Food?
( ) Y
( X) N

Smoking allowed?
( ) Y
( X) N

Vibe: after work or after hours?
After hours

Get laid or just get drunk?
Neither, really. While you can get drunk or possibly laid as a result of being here, it’s more about the experience, the cocktails and the ambience than the pursuit of inebriation or copulation.

Outside drinking:
(X ) Y
( ) N
Cute rooftop patio

DJ?
( ) Y
( X) N

TV?
( ) Y
(X ) N

Jukebox?
( ) Y
(X ) N

Games?
( ) pinball
( ) arcade games
( ) video
( ) skee-ball
( ) darts
( ) other:

Essay question:
Explain, in 50 words or fewer, why I should drink here.

The speakeasy theme has been done to death, but Hanson’s does it right – you have to call ahead to get a password; only a limited number of people are allowed into the dim, narrow, impeccably designed space; and the craft cocktails are out of this world. No vodka served here – vodka wasn’t part of the American cocktail lexicon during the Prohibition era – but the bartenders will be happy to mix you something that’ll prove even more satisfying than that Cosmopolitan you may have had in mind.

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