By Jared Curtis
Neighborhood bar keeps it simple
As new bars open throughout the metro, an overabundance of TVs, eye-catching décor and unique drinks have been used to lure patrons in. But if bar owners study the history of the long-standing neighborhood bars, dives and taps, they would find that the secrets and successes are loyal customers and good times, just like what you’ll find at Vickie’s.
“I had never owned a bar before, but I was a customer here, so I knew it had potential,” said owner Vickie Reavis. “When the last owner passed away, I heard this place was for sale. So I talked to the family and thought I would take a shot, and here I am.”
Reavis took over the location in 2006. The building has been home to numerous bars throughout the years.
“It’s been a bar for a long time,” Reavis said. “Some of our regulars in their 50s remember all kinds of names. I think the location continues to succeed because it sits on a busy street.”
Vickie’s offers Happy Hour from 2 to 8 p.m. with 50 cents off beer and wells and $1 off pitchers. Along with Happy Hour, the bar offers a number of daily specials including $1.50 wells on Monday, $2.50 mini pitchers on Tuesday and Thursday, $1.50 domestic bottles on Wednesday, as well as a $2.50 bartenders choice. Stop in Sunday for free pool and $5 pitchers.
“We have a great variety of specials both during the week and on the weekends,” Reavis said. “Plus, we have sporadic specials pop up all the time.”
Although Vickie’s appears small from the outside, there is plenty of room to relax and enjoy a drink or two. Add in the enclosed, all-season patio, and there is space for everyone. The bar also features a pool table, dartboard, ticket machines and a free old-school arcade table top game featuring 47 different classic games.
“We’re a small neighborhood bar, but this place gets rocking and rolling,” she laughs.
Reavis makes it easy for customers to know what’s going on.
“We have a board outside, and we’ll put the specials up so everybody driving by knows what deals we have inside,” she said. “We have a great group of regulars, but new people stop in all the time.”
Vickie’s will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with drink specials and corn-beef and cabbage. On April 23, Vickie will celebrate her birthday with an annual hog roast.
“Both parties draw in a great crowd every year,” she said. “Our customers love it, and we love celebrating with them.”
Although it might not be the fanciest bar in town, Vickie’s makes up for it with fun times and an interesting clientele that will always keep you smiling.
“We have a great staff, and there is always a great conversation to be had when you belly up to the bar,” she said. “There is always something going on, so stop in and see what we’re all about.” CV
caption: Bartender Ashley Davis mixes a “Pineapple Upside Down Cake” shot at Vickie’s, 2801 2nd Ave., 243-9033. Hours are 10 to 2 a.m., daily.