Peek Inn is the kind of place you just, well, peek inside of Ė and then probably donít think twice about. The outside bears the creepy hallmarks of a local tavern where bar fights habitually break out, the kind of joint that got Thelma and Louise into lots of trouble. But behind the patriotic marquis bearing the words "God Bless" and a few neon ads, awaits a warm environment with easy-going folks.
My friend and I visited in hopes of summing up our New Year goals, but soulful conversations prove difficult here on Friday nights, as the place roars with karaoke mayhem. We were charmed nonetheless by the ambitious singers, none of whom could really sing. But they did choose safe crowd pleasers by familiar artists like Madonna and Pat Benatar.
The regulars here appear unafraid of the mic; they step up to the plate minus the six cocktails it takes others to get up the courage. Good thing; six cocktails wouldn't do too much damage here anyway, as the bartenders are strict on the one-ounce pours of standard cocktails, $4. People having fun make up for the weak drinks and lack of a bar menu. If you're hungry, Jessica, the evening bar maid, recommends bringing in an order from Taco Burrito King next door.
A four-top table (one of two) allows plenty of room for your Mexican feast alongside $2.75 domestics. Additional seating includes counter tops and chairs tucked before a horseshoe-shaped bar aside a wood-paneled wall quilted in Bears logos and schedules. Rustic brick makes up the walls opposite this space, circulated by ceiling fans aside stained-glass lamps.
Keep your attire simple; watch a "Roseanne" rerun for pointers. Peek Inn is cash only with an ATM available.
Centerstage Reviewer: David-Anthony Gonzalez