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Best Punk Rock Dive Bar with Cheap-Ass Food 

Eli's Mile High Club

When historic blues bar Eli's Mile High Club shut its doors last year, Jason Herbers and Geoff Melville seized the opportunity to reopen the club with a rock 'n' roll twist: They stuffed the jukebox with punk, metal, and blues and opened a kitchen to serve up food. Eli's was once again a hangout for beer lovers and nightcrawlers with a penchant for imbibing liquor to loud tunes. "Much of the East Bay punk and metal scene has made it their own," said co-owner Herbers. "We took it over with the vision of having a place with a wide variety of music, good food, and cheap drinks." Although the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control currently restricts the bar's weekday hours to 11 p.m. (1 a.m. on weekends), the bar compensates for an early last call with a daily happy hour ($1 beers, $3 well drinks), ever-changing drink specials (mini margarita shots, sweet tea cocktails), a huge backyard patio, and great, greasy bar food (try a quadruple-stack cheeseburger or a shrimp po' boy). On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the bar plays 1970s and 1980s punk tunes, Tuesdays and Sundays are soul/reggae-themed, and on most nights a projector shines random horror movies and skate videos on the wall. Come for good drinks, stay for good times.

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