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Bar Exam: The Thirsty Topher

Your new spot to catch a lazy weekend buzz


1609 Alden Road

website, if there is one:

beer/wine or liquor too?
Beer and wine

CHECK all that apply:
( ) fancy cocktails
(X ) wine list (5 choices or more)
(X) craft beer
( ) beer selection: the usual suspects
(X ) wide selection of bottles
(X ) wide selection on tap

Nope, but they’ll give you goldfish crackers when you order a drink, and sometimes there are food trucks in the parking lot.

smoking allowed? (X ) Y ( ) N

after work or after hours? After work (or lazy weekend afternoons)
get laid or just get drunk? Not the place to get wasted, but you might meet a cute boy or girl.

outside drinking: (X ) Y ( ) N
Picnic tables

dogs allowed? (X ) Y ( ) N
Especially if they’re wearing adorable jackets

Bare-bones but tidy

Music? iPod
Most likely to hear:
Ranges from barely audible to ’90s hits

games? Check all that apply:
( ) pinball
( ) arcade games
( ) pool
( ) shuffleboard
( ) skee-ball
( ) mini-hoops
(X ) none

Essay question: Explain, in 50 words or fewer, why I should drink here.
There’s a massive amount of interesting beers, a well-curated wine list, and well-informed bartenders to help you make good choices – plus interesting decor and outdoor tables. Meet a blind date here if you want to seem cool, or bring your regular honey for a low-key but grown-up date night.