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This article appears in the January 2011 issue of Louisville Magazine. To subscribe, please visit loumag.com.

Don’t know about you, but we could really use a drink right about now. So we’ve scoured the city to find our 21 favorite bars — from upscale jazz joints to dives where your beer bottle sticks to the table. We’ve also tossed in some personalities familiar with local nightlife and quotes we overheard while out on the town.

This strip-mall hangout (237 Whittington Pkwy.) is the best kind of sports bar: sports memorabilia and high-def wherever the eye can see; a Golden Tee arcade game that people actually play; fries smothered in cheese, bacon and ranch dressing; super-cheap buckets of beer.

The guts of the building still resemble the deli that once operated here: a bar as long and wide as a lunch counter, plenty of booths and tables for diners. Brownie’s has been around for five years, and an all-ages crowd has been showing up ever since. The reason to watch a game here, no matter your preferred sport, is because you’ll never be watching alone.

Photo: Courtesy Brownie's 'The Shed' Grille & Bar

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Didn't I tell you? I run this place! Not much goes on here without me knowing...I'm always watching.

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