The bartender looked a little confused when I asked for "the special". I didn't get the memo that drinks were included with the $10 door charge. To me, it wouldn't be The Livery without "the special," so I proceeded with the Stag beer, rail whiskey shot, and a cigarette slipped in my beer tab.
Livery Company has been creating a scene on Cherokee for half a decade. Before this space, they had one half a block down the street. Now, the landlord demands the space emptied because he has other plans. Livery Co will continue on to a new location on South Broadway.
The DIY-mannered street is going to miss this dive bar which sat on the edge of the wild west. Literally, as Cherokee Street ends about a block or two past the bar, and figuratively because it seemed like anything and everything happened here.
It was only four months ago that Livery Co hosted a weekend-long music festival in honor of their 4th anniversary. Many Cherokee Street regulars threw their guitar straps around their shoulders and and played a slot with their bands.
The night ended with a 5 minute dedication from Livery owner, Emily Ebeling, to Anne McCullough of Cherokee Street Business Association for her "badassery."