Copper Lounge


Bar:  Copper Lounge

Address:  1504 Central Ave SE

Someplace I read that Copper Lounge is a dive.  It certainly seems like it could be; It’s got that look from the outside.  It’s been there FOREVER, it has a nifty little package store attached that you have to exit and follow a starkly blank brick wall to find the side door  (provided you alert the bar tender to unlock the door for you, the package store doesn’t seem to have dedicated staffing so normally they just keep the door locked.)

Inside it’s cool, dark, and I scored $3 pint during happy hour.   The ceiling is low, although quite fancy.  And other things about this place are definitely non-dive.  The floor has an expensive treatment, that acid-washed concrete stuff.  The drains in the bathroom floor have mosaic tile sunbursts type around them.  There are pool tables, but the felt is a beautiful burnt orange color I’ve never seen on a pool table (“copper” colored, anyone?)

So how does it score on the dive bar scale?  Due to sloppy testing on our part we can’t be sure, but Copper scores anywhere between 4 and 7. I’m pretty sure this isn’t a dive.  I think this is… a lounge.  It feels “loungy”, like old school rat-pack days sort of loungy. Yes, I know it has “lounge” right in the name, I guess that should have given it away.

The Chart:

Cheap drinks $3 beer during happy hour
PBR I don’t know and blame Dave for not collecting this data.  What was he thinking, ordering a Fat Tire?  I think the ambiance affected his brain.
Floor irregularities Nope, floor was outright artistic
Dark Not only dark but a weighty, low ceiling
Bathroom deficiencies The bathroom was so nice it was sort of a shame to pee in there.
Forbidden Fru Fru Drinks I suspect plenty of Fru Fru available, it looks fully stocked.  I didn’t ask because I didn’t want to accidentally drink a fancy drink.  So this one’s on me.
Regulars Patrons were kind of subdued.  Didn’t notice anyone who acted like a regular.
Pool/darts Pool tables with copper colored felt
Quiet Plenty.  Odd assortment of music, from modern pop to Frank Sinatra, none of it too loud.
Questionable décor Giant multi-gallon sized empty liquor bottles lined the header above the bar and continued to the flanking walls. Think the kind of giant bottles found in duty-free shops.  While unusual looking items, not sure if it counts as “questionable”.  The other art on the walls was kind of classy – old style advertizing posters and classic art prints.



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