When you want a few beers and don’t care whether you’re drinking a local draught, go to Solly’s. It’s low-key but not too divey, and there’s a nice patio to go with your $3.50 PBR during Happy Hour (from 3-8pm). Start your night here, try it for a casual afternoon hang, and always get the Sloppy Mama’s BBQ they serve.
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