How many bars does a city need?

October 11, 2019

Upon arriving in Santa Ramona I overheard someone saying that there were thirteen bars in the city. That seemed like an exaggeration or an alcoholics anonymous nightmare.  So I embarked on a journey to find out just what kind of bars Santa Ramona had and if there was as much drinking in the city as would be indicated by having thirteen bars.

 

After investigation, there aren't thirteen actual bars. I've compiled a list of the bars, restaurants with bars, and entertainment businesses that serve alcohol. Where possible, I garnered input from the owners of the businesses.  In some cases, the business owner or manager wasn't available to answer questions so customers were asked for information about the business. 

 

Actual Bars: four

 

 

 The Boiler Room is a sports bar located in the basement of a building in the older part of Santa Ramona. Large screen TV's are everywhere which complete with a massive bar that is stocked with enough liquor to keep you at the bar for an entire sports season. 

 

 

 

Badges is a bar specifically for first responders, their families and paid members. Anyone can become a member for $25. Their signature drink is the Rising Sun Beer. They have events occasionally, $1 all night events, and live music.

 

 

 

 

Wolfe's Tavern is a rock country hybrid that serves pub style food. They are located near City Hall and Creamy Centers coffee shop. There's a huge dance floor downstairs and upstairs is a pool table for those interested in hitting a few balls.

 

 

 

SLAB is a dive bar located near the worst of all potholes located in Southside. This made me a believer in Mayor Chi Villanova's goal to fill in these beastly holes.

 

 

 

 

Restaurants with Bars: Five

 

 

La Cantina serves authentic Mexican homemade dishes. They use a smoker to make their meats daily and offer a variety of specials on their meals throughout the week. From the bar you can order their special drink, the Sangria. 

 

 

 

The Reel is a fine dining seafood restaurant. They have amazing views of the ocean. The bar serves all your top shelf liqueurs. If you prefer to be closer to the ocean and beach, you can eat and drink at The Dockside Bar.

 

 

 

Vesuvio's is an upscale Italian eatery featuring your favorite Italian dishes as well as pizza. The bar has a variety of hard liquors as well as a vast selection of wines. They have a lovely outdoor patio if you prefer to dine El Fresco.

 

 

 

Jeers is a casual dive that has classic American food.  The bar is very limited and is known more for its beers and it's very limited selection of hard, cheap liquors. This is the place to go if you want to be insulted.

 

 

 

 

El Toro Loco is a casual Mexican restaurant overlooking Full Moon beach. They have more seafood type Mexican dishes with a few traditional menu items.  And the view is only matched by The Reel in terms of restaurants.

 

 

 

Entertainment Venues with Bars: Three

Location: Land of Potholes. Otherwise known as Southside

 

 

Sonic Titan is a live music venue that has a small bar with assorted beverages.  They are only open during music shows and other events.  They also are open during band rehearsals for The Ashes.

 

 

 

Alley Cats is a strip club. They serve the typical alcoholic beverages and mixed drinks, the better to make the money rain for those naked bodies gyrating on the poles.

 

 

 

 The Kink Tank is an adult entertainment venue recently purchased by a new owner. This is not a family space but a place that will offer munches, Shabari nights, Domme nights and masked game nights. Their signature drinks are Fire Whiskey and Blue Flame.

 

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