When I first entered dimly lit ex-funeral home the Towne Lounge, I knew I was home. That name is dead now, replaced by Ella Street, but the remodeled space has new toys: an incredible jukebox stacked with Guided by Voices and old soul, a pool table and a well-kept Tales of the Arabian Nights pinball machine. Am I saying the unthinkable? That my favorite bar just got better? Well, the Ella Street is starting out slow on the live-music front and it doesn’t yet feature an exhaustive collection of canned beer from around the world, so I’m not quite ready to make the call. But one could theoretically play Paul Simon’s Graceland back to back with the Replacements’ Hootenanny, get loaded and drop a high score on a sweet-ass pinball machine all for under $20. Can I just move in?
What do drink: Sheaf Stout.
Happy hour: $3 draft pints 5-7 pm nightly.
Entertainment: ShanRock trivia, jukebox, pinball, pool, live music.