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The Narrows gets a lot of deserved cred for having the best-crafted cocktails in the neighborhood and is absolutely worth a pilgrimage, but as far as a good spot to just sit with your friends and have a laid back drink, the best place in the neighborhood is still Pearl's Social & Billy Club, just off the Jefferson stop. It's rivaled pretty closely by Alaska, though, which tends to be less crowded and has the benefit of a massive whiskey collection. Another neighborhood stalwart (and a good place two doors down to duck into if things at Goodbye Blue Monday get out of hand) is Lone Wolf, which is dark, cheap, and a good place to catch an unexpected, surprisingly good burlesque show or a DJ that unapologetically breaks out every major top 40 hit of the past 20 years. Whatever they have going on, everything here is as it should be.
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