Best Gimmick/Theme at a Bar

The Shelter

Readers Pick

The '60s memorabilia in this cocktail lounge isn't any sideshow; its the decor. From a ruby-red-lipped JFK to lava lamps to velvet paintings and a portrait of the Beatles, this establishment has that time stopped. Despite what others say, for our money, those who came of age during the '60s were the "Best Generation." Their legacy of activism for civil rights, against stupid colonial wars and for individual freedoms still reverberates today. So when you visit the Shelter and sit at the horseshoe-shaped bar, sampling a refreshing watermelon margarita or other specialty drink, it isn't hard to remember the age of Aquarius, a decade when life was getting better--a little better--all the time.

Runners up:

2. TIE The French Quarter, 3146 E. Grant Road

2. TIE Kon Tiki, 4625 E. Broadway Blvd.

Unclear on the concept: eegee's (one vote)

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