EPD's, as it's affectionately referred to by the bar's regulars, is a cross between a Rogers Park dive and Cheers. On weeknights you'll find familiar faces unwinding with cheap beer, while weekends draw a similar crowd with amped-up energy; the same folks who were just drinking away their workday blues come ready to dance. Forget that there's no dance floor; ample space around the pool table and bar make for the perfect spot to bust a move to Motown beats wailing from the bar's old-school jukebox.
Newcomers are vibrantly greeted by seasoned (not to mention animated) patrons like Brelon, whose name frequently graces the top of the pool scoreboard. An extensive wooden bar (complete with purse hooks for the ladies) is a great spot to down some domestic draft beers before challenging the sharks to a game of pool. There's only one table, so you'll have time to study your opponent's moves while you wait it out.
There's no kitchen at EPD's, but food from nearby eateries is welcome and on a good night you might find a makeshift buffet of fried chicken and sides in the backroom. So bring some friends, strap on your dancin' shoes and see for yourself why it truly is everybody's place to drink.
Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden