Library Bar has been a downtown drinking staple for a while now, but it’s after-work scene is the best time to go. The kitschy library theme is definitely present, but not in a way that makes you sad to be there. They have a strong beer and cocktail list ($5 margaritas), and an above-average bar food menu if you want to eat a grilled cheese and feel good about it.
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