|Posted by rhonedesigns on April 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM|
Deep South The Bar is definitely your quintessential dive bar and I think they are proud of that fact. It's small, red in decor and reminds me of a garage.
This bar may be off the beaten path a bit compared to say the establishments on Glenwood South and Fayetteville Street in DTR, but it is actually very convenient to the Raleigh downtown amphitheater and makes for a great spot for an after show beer or three.
The most interesting thing to me about Deep South The Bar is the quotes from rock songs on the walls. If you are a rock and roll fan like I am you will like this place for that alone. I can stare at the lyrics "The waiting drove me mad... you're finally here and I'm a mess", and immediately think of the hay day of grunge in the mid-90's. Other lyrics go back way further than that. They also have a lot of rock and roll memorabilia which adorn the walls.
Of all the times I have been to DSTB (2 or 3 times), they have never had a cover charge and that is great because they bring in some really good bands playing there. After the now defunct Bud Light Downtown Live shows at Moore Square Park, some of the musicians would come there later in the evening after their gigs (not to play). I partied down with the members of Better than Ezra there a few years ago.
Don't really care for the Ally McBeal (co-ed) bathrooms. Expect to wait some to go if the place is busy. The bar-tenders are friendly and they have good beer and liquor specials. I don't think they serve hot food, so don't come hungry!
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