The first thing you notice when you enter The Local is that it's huge. It takes up two store front areas. The right is in your standard bar with a row of tables across from it. The right side is an open layout setting up its primary use as a dancing and live music venue. We picked an off night for the bar doubling the number of patrons. The second thing we noticed upon arrival is it smelled mildly like a damp Lakewood basement. Today was a wet December day but still... The Local was also very Christmassy, full of lights and Christmas ale.
I ordered a 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale, one of my favorites. 12 Dogs is well rounded ale with enough but not too much alcohol and spices that put me off of some other brands. I don't want to be able to light my beer on fire or mistake it for a liquid fruitcake. The beer was made even better by putting cinnamon around the rim of the glass like a pub margarita.
Every bar has its good qualities and bad. If you have really good food, then you probably have higher prices. If you have great dance music with lots of young single people then you probably won't be able to hear your friends talk...and will have to talk to someone that is both very drunk and very orange from fake tanning for the holidays. The Local Bar gave me good food, beer and service. If your looking for that plus a place to dance and/or hear live music then you should give them a try. #21 The Local Bar doesn't stink.
Awesome: Customer Service, Size
16918 Detroit Ave