T is for the Trap
6125 Riverside Blvd
There was a long list of people I was supposed to call before I went to the Trap, but the thing about the Trap is that sometimes you just fall into it. Other times you can’t get out. I had both of these things happen to me the other day.
So I apologize to those you who wanted to join me. We can totally go some other time. Maybe tonight?
If you’re not staying at Le Rivage or a member of the Elks Lodge, the Trap will require some pre-planning and effort to get to. But if you love cheap beers, stuffed wolverines and pool tables that aren’t necessarily level then it’s totally worth it. Really, it’s only like 5-10 minutes outside of downtown. So it’s no big deal.
I don’t really know the history of the Trap, but I can do a pretty good job of making one up. My guess is that’s it’s been there for 50 years, has never been remodeled and that the neighborhood has just grown up around it. The neighborhood is lucky to have it too.
Upon walking in and being greeted by the fridge of bottled beer, the small bar, the Clamper signage and the aforementioned stuffed wolverine, you feel like you’re in a small delta town instead of the capital city. And for the record, there’s nothing wrong with that.
I can’t think of another bar in town that has a horsehoe pit. Maybe that’s because most bars don’t want drunk people throwing heavy metal objects all over the place, but that kind of lawsuit-waiting-to-happen doesn’t phase the owners of the Trap.
Following my M.O., I immediately asked the bartender for the cheapest beer he had. When the Miller Lite hit my hand, I drank it to the left.
And I drank it to the right.
Both directions worked out really well for me. Also, I should apologize for the quality of those photos. Apparently, Blackberries now include a 1960’s Kodak Instamatic camera. Kinda suits the Trap though.
This bar is a real beauty. Again, it’s not fancy or anything, but if you’re just looking for a place where you can sit around all day drinking beers and BS-ing with the bartender, it doesn’t get much better than this. Just keep an eye on that wolverine.
* You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere even though you aren’t.
* Lopsided pool tables give you the unfair advantage you’ve always dreamed of.
* Potentially dangerous horseshoe pit
You won’t be disappointed.
Down to earth folks looking for a neighborhood bar. Probably wouldn’t hit this and The Park on the same night.