LFW’s Top Picks for Best Dive Bars
Nov09

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Dive Bars

We have all had those night outings where just one drink turns into ten drinks and a few Snakebite shots. For this installment, your friends at LFW have compiled a list of the best dive bars to venture out to on those unexpected wild nights. These are your famous local “hole-in-the-wall” bars that you may stumble into after midnight. Let LFW guide you to having the best night you can remember for a lifetime…hopefully.   Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair If you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall Cheers bar with cheap drinks, a great jukebox, and longtime friends –have a seat. The Shady Nook is an addicting local favorite for young and old.   Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair Little by little, O’Sullivans, or O’s, as we affectionately call it, has become sort of like Cheers for me and my group of friends. We know most, if not all, of the bartenders and often they know our favorite drink before we even order it. It’s the sort of atmosphere where you can have a fun night out partying Saturday night or a casual drink during the Colts game Sunday afternoon. I wouldn’t necessarily call O’s my favorite dive bar- I’d just call it my favorite bar.   Becca Bell – Editorial Contributor On Fridays, I like Curly’s Village Inn for Karaoke – or as I like to call it, “Curlyoke”. But of course, The Brass Rail will always hold a special place in my heart, my wallet, and my music collection.   Tim Zink – Committee Co-Chair More of a friendly, neighborhood bar, the Trion Tavern is one of the oldest bars in Allen County, according to its website. The Trion has an awesome mahogany main bar with a selection of imported and domestic drafts and craft beers on tap. Browse the Trion’s interactive daily tap list while checking out their awesome burgers and cracker crust pizza. As someone who only occasionally partakes in alcohol, I’ve always been comfortable with the atmosphere here at this friendly bar in New Haven.   Courtney Bell – Technology Chair My top dive bar is Arena Bar and Grill. It is located on the corner of Dupont and Lima so it is a convenient stop after a dinner or movie up north, and features great karaoke on Thursday nights. This bar is packed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and has pretty decent food. Be sure to try the bacon cheese fries and pizza!   Sarah Pine – Social Media Assistant Deer Park Irish Pub is by far one of my favorite dive bars in town! It is an eclectic little “hole in the wall” pub...

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Hidden Gems of Dupont & Lima
Nov06

Hidden Gems of Dupont & Lima

Coming to Fort Wayne, I was excited to move into Avalon Apartments on the corner of Dupont & Lima because I fell in love with the quaint look and feel of the apartment complex and the conveniences the surrounding businesses had to offer.  However, I was expecting to have to drive downtown or southwest for a nice dinner and night out on the town.  What I didn’t realize at the time was that I would soon be spending the majority of my weekends walking beautiful trails, eating delectable dinners accompanied by my favorite martinis, and ending nights with karaoke, all without leaving my plaza! My typical Saturday morning begins with an iced latte from Trionfale before I take a jog on the YMCA trail. Located off of Dupont, Trionfale is a local coffee shop that serves everything from salted caramel macaroons to delicious cappuccinos.  The YMCA trail may look deceivingly small when driving down Dupont, but the trail loops nearly 2 miles around the beautiful Solomon Farms and into the country. If I feel like a longer run, I take the Pufferbelly Trail which connects to the YMCA trail for an extra mile.  And if I’m in the mood to treat myself after my jog, I might get a mani/pedi or hair cut and color at The Forum Salon & Spa. This salon is my favorite in town and offers impeccable customer service. My favorite Saturday night dinner location is located merely a short walk from my doorstep. Black Canyon restaurant offers a modern and sophisticated atmosphere with delicious, modernized American meals and a broad variety of well-made drinks.  Their homemade cornbread is to die for, and accompanied by a fresh salad and banana foster for dessert, you will leave more than satisfied. And if martinis are not your cup of tea, they offer an entire drink menu with a variety of craft beers and wine. After dinner I often migrate next door to Arena Bar & Grill.  Looks may be deceiving from the outside, but inside you will find a cozy atmosphere with reasonably priced drinks, a dance floor, pool, and a tasty bar menu. And of course, karaoke at this bar is a must! I am proud to call this quaint corner of the city my home.  Don’t be afraid to venture to this area of town for a night of entertainment and by all means, try the chocolate martini from Black Canyon.  ...

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