by Jed Nussbaum
Crappy weather got you down? You need a "Power Tower" from the Elbow Room, the subject of this week's Happiest Hour.
Claim to fame: “It’s a trailer,” bartender Bo Hiskey says with a laugh. The Elbow Room claims to be the only bar around housed in a doublewide trailer. That’s a matter of pride—the bar’s website and merchandise is peppered with slogans like “In Trailer We Trust” and “Built Trailer Tough.”
Atmosphere: For being in a trailer, the bar has a surprising amount of space. Poker machines line both sidewalls, and standard domestic beer décor covers most available wall space. One corner of the bar is designated for DJs and bands, and the linoleum is worn off the dance floor from years of stomping feet.
Happy Hour: The Elbow Room has more drink specials than can be counted on one hand, at least until they have you seeing double. Two-for-one prices on everything happen daily from 5-6 p.m., as well as $1.50 wells from 6-7 p.m.. Thursday is quarter beer night starting at 8:30 p.m., raising in price by a quarter every half hour until 11. On Friday and Saturday, there’s a $10 special on the “Power Tower,” a tall cylinder full of beer fitted with its own tap. “It holds about two and a half pitchers,” Hiskey says.
Who you’re drinking with: According to Hiskey, who’s worked at the bar for seven years, the bar attracts blue-collar workers during the day and a totally different crowd at night. Thursday night’s DJ packs the place with a college crowd, and weekend patrons vary with the kind of music the bar hosts.
Where to find it: 1025 Strand Ave, just down the road from the Sunrise Saloon. Look for the trailer with neon beer signs in the window.
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