BE ST SY RA CUSE
OF 2010 SM
ARTS & ENTERTAiNmENT
Best Local Band Letizia and the Z Band
Best Vocalist Letizia
Best Live Music Venue Shifty’s Bar & Grill, 1401 Burnet Ave.
Best Club Deejay DJ Billy (from the Black Olive, 316 S. Clinton St.)
Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.
Best Local Author Bruce Coville
Best Karaoke Venue Singers Karaoke Club, 1345 Milton Ave.
Best Free Concert Series New York State Fair
B E S T O F S Y R A C U S E
Best Just-Closed syraCuse landmark
lark’s Ale House’s closing on Sept. 25 to make way for the expansion of the Landmark Theatre can be added to the list of “Syracuse highlights taken for granted.” In this case, the cozy pub is gone for good, after 18 years at 122 W. Jefferson St. Opened in 1992, Clark’s was a pioneer in the rebirth of Armory Square.
An unassuming pub in the tradition of an
English tavern, Clark’s had no televisions, no music and no pretense. Other than the weekly trivia night, it also had no distractions from its core mission of providing affordable pints of beer from a variety of breweries. In 2008, All About Beer magazine ranked Clark’s one of the “top 125 places to have a beer before you die.” It also earned designation as one of the country’s top 200 beer bars in 2009 in Draft magazine.
With its corner location and sidewalk
seating, Clark’s also became a perfect spot for summertime people-watching—both inside the pub and along Jefferson Street. Or, it was a perfect place to read a book while quaffing an India Pale Ale. The only real complaint among nonsmokers was, when the smoking ban pushed people outdoors, they ruined the atmosphere; ironically, non-smokers had to go back inside to get some fresh air!
R E A D E R S P O L L C O N T E S T
Clark Bar: The popular hole-in-the-wall once owned by Ray Clark (top, left) was hopping on Friday, Sept. 24, the night before it closed for good.
Michael Davis Photos
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