guest blogger, craft beer drinker
False Bottom is a large bar. Used to be two bars actually. Back in the day. Eventually, one got bought out and both became Horses to Harley"s.
It was kind of a hippy bar...it not only had wooden floors, but also wooden wall paneling. They didn't have a liquor license--malt beverage only--but it didn't matter much because the patrons mostly drank PBR and Busch Light.
The patrons were middle-aged guys with long hair and women with dreadlocks who played pool.
Video lottery players and musicians. Dogs were welcomed (and common!) guests.
Horses to Harley's was open a little over 10 years before becoming False Bottom.
False Bottom Bar was named for False Bottom Creek out on Maitland Road--between Spearfish and Deadwood.
Not much has changed since the Rapid City Journal reported in June 2014 that
"The bar at 645 N Main St. in downtown Spearfish is being purchased by MLJ properties"
Liquor is now available at False Bottom; they have an extensive selection of whiskey (including scotch) and Fireball on tap.
They also have 9 craft beer taps, which today include treats like a tangerine IPA (Citradelic) from New Belgium and Alaskan's Smoked Porter.
The wood flooring and walls remain--as do the video lottery and pool tables. Dogs are no longer part of the experience.
False Bottom has expanded on its attractions though, and currently features:
- 4 pool tables
- 2 foosball tables
- 6 video lottery machines
- ping pong table
- 2 dart boards
- 11 TVs
- open ping pong and foosball tournaments on Tuesdays
- live music every other Friday--and every Friday in the summer
Any given night, you can find a mixture of locals and temporary residents at False Bottom.
Retired professors and pipeline workers;
BHSU students and oil workers escaping from the oil fields;
local business owners and out of state hunters.
All come to False Bottom for something different.
The games, the selection, the live music--or the free popcorn.
They also have a booth every summer at downtown Friday nights
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