Maybe the R strip’s most beloved watering hole, the Shady Lady Saloon, will be closed until May 19. Apparently a technical slip up in Shady’s reporting to Alcoholic Beverage Control landed the bar a 10-day suspension of its alcohol license.
Shady Lady is a fantastic bar. The decor drips 1920s speakeasy. The front patio has lots of streetside seating. There’s often a live band playing. And I’m told they make their own tonic (though I’m not really a gin and tonic drinker) and it’s excellent.
But most of all, and I mention it with some reluctance, Shady serves a pint of Oly for just $2, day and night.
I’m a bit gun shy to even broach the subject since being mistaken for a corporate-deluded hipster the last time I sung Oly’s praises, but Olympia beer might be the most precious liquid the planet Earth has to offer. And Shady Lady, God bless their hearts, sells it for 2 bucks a pint.
So the wonderful 32 employees of Shady will be out of work for the next ten days. A string of benefits has been arranged to help them out. I’m going to try to go to at least one of these because those folks are awesome.
I’m nervous about this closure. It brings back a flood of memories about how Hangar 17 (rest its soul) neared its end and took with it those 2-for-1 drink specials and the best smoking patio in downtown.
The nervousness is probably irrational. But being deprived of Shady for even a ten-day hiatus should remind us all of how great that place is.