Best Of 2018

Best Museum with a Liquor License: Bay Horse Café

Best Museum with a Liquor License
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Hailey Bollinger

The historic Bay Horse Café, with roots dating back to 1817, reopened last summer after co-owners and partners Fred Berger and Lori Meeker spent two and half years restoring the building (and its vintage neon sign featuring a trotting horse). The $4, 25-ounce Hudepohl schooners, $6 cocktails and draft beer mark it as an affordable, laid-back hangout. Known for being a stag bar in the past, it should be noted that Meeker once visited and was told she couldn’t sit at the bar. Now, she co-owns and runs the back-in-the-day watering hole (complete with a wall-length urinal). Browse historic news clippings that act as décor, play a classic card game or lounge on the 13-foot couch in the back — all while sipping on reasonably priced booze or snacking on Derby-themed panini. Bay Horse Café, 625 Main St., Downtown, facebook.com/bayhorsecafe.