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Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club

3402 Main | 816-753-1909

In 2011, the late-night midtown scene has been a mixed bag. A doorman got stabbed at Fitz's Blarney Stone. Gusto closed. There were shootings outside Chubby's. And the bartenders at Chez Charlie are proud to be assholes. The general sketchiness of Broadway after a certain hour has tainted our drinking adventures enough to make us settle for a 12-pack at home. Unless, of course, we head to Davey's, which has served very stiff drinks since 1949, when it was called the Bow and Arrow Rambler's Club #2. The only thing here that gets an arrow today is pretension — sage owner Michelle Markowitz allows none of it in her venue. She's had to weather a shitty economy, no shortage of competition from nearby drinking holes, and the constant specter of road construction right outside the door. But her music bookings and those strong drinks have let her prevail, and the place remains a favorite of pretty much everyone with two ears and a liver. This is the city's premier beer-and-bourbon joint, and it rocks every night with old punk or honky-tonk or country. And that 12-pack to take home? You can get it right here on your way out.

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