Everyone needs to know about a bar like Drop Off Service. A place where, even if it looks busy, you’ll always find a seat. Even at Happy Hour, which in the case of Drop Off Service lasts for several hours (3-8pm on weekdays, 1-8pm on weekends). This place is mostly a craft beer bar, but they also serve well drinks and some wine, and it’s a place you should keep in your back pocket for most situations involving a need for a casual drink.
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