Is it a story of failed gentrification, or successful rock 'n' roll? You decide: In the nearly two years since Towne Lounge closed and reappeared under new ownership as Ella Street Social Club, the bar at the bottom of the grandly porticoed Pennoyer Building has steadily regressed (or has it progressed?) from a gleaming pool hall back into bathroom graffiti and stage-crowding tables. In other words, an endearingly ratty indie venue became a first-date spot, then became an endearingly ratty indie venue. Insanity has been restored. AARON MESH.
What to drink: A pint of Mac & Jack's African Amber.
Happy hour: $1 PBR and $1 off well drinks 5-7 pm daily.
Entertainment: Live music, TV, pool.