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First Pics: Take a look inside the Boot and Saddle, which opened last night

Two years in the making, the Boot and Saddle finally opened last night with a concert benefiting the Street Tails Animal Rescue. Tonight will be the first ticketed event, with a show by The Both, which is made up of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo.

We made our way inside to snap a few icognito pictures, so forgive the dark, blurred images. But hey, you get the idea.

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Pressed tin ceilings, western decor, dim lighting, unsuspecting patrons…

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Believe it or not, that’s a painting of a horse, a holdover from the bar’s old life as the city’s only country and western bar, which closed in 1995.

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The chandelier above the bar

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It was a lot more spacious than we expected

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There are 10 taps, with a rotating craft selection and some crowd pleasers

The bar is a partnership between Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera, both of Four Corners Management, and Sean Agnew’s R5 Productions and New York-based Bowery Presents. So far, there’s no kitchen, but we hear that they’re still working on the menu. There are about 60 seats in the dining room/bar, and the restaurant will eventually be open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.

Performance space in the back

Performance space in the back

The performance space in the back holds about 150 people, and it’s separated from the dining room/bar area. That means that you’ll be able to get into the bar for a drink and, eventually, a bite without having to pay to get in, a la Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown. Last night, though, they were charging $15 at the door.

Also of note, the neon on the sign hasn’t been fixed yet. Spotlights were pointed at it last night. Hopefully, that will be remedied soon.

Once we get more details on the food, we’ll let y’all know. And for the music lineup, check out their website here.

- Dan Berlin, The Bongo Zeptobrewery

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7 Responses to First Pics: Take a look inside the Boot and Saddle, which opened last night

  1. Mark H. September 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Sweet! Definitely gonna check this place out

  2. cc September 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Those photos are terrible Jesus. Get a real camera or a real photographer .

    • Albert Stumm September 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

      Well, thanks for the constructive criticism, cc. The problem is that the owner is not cooperative so we had to go in there all sneaky-like.

  3. AnthonyG September 11, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    @ Albert: Seriously? The owner didn’t want you taking pictures?? “I hate free publicity!”

    What a dumb-ass.

  4. localdude September 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    I was there last night to see The Highwater Preachers, Nate Skiles Band, and The Citywide Specials… the atmosphere was awesome, the crowd was REALLY enthusiastic and the Boot n Saddle was the perfect place for a bluegrass/country show. I’m not a big bluegrass/country fan but if they made it a monthly night I wouldn’t miss it. Had a blast. Ps. The Highwater Preachers stole the show imo

  5. doug September 18, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    These pictures looks like they were taken with a disposible camera with condensation on the lens. They fail as visual aides. I think I would be better off if I just read about it.

    • Albert Stumm September 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

      Or, maybe they leave you wanting more? No, seriously, see my previous response. Camera phone by necessity

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