Now in its 41st year, Eddie's Place was named after owner Wanda's late husband, who co-owned the bar. A semi-modern-day Cheers whose patrons seem really attached to the place, the no-frills pub has played host over the years to four weddings and at least one funeral. "Everybody knows everybody else's business, and what they don't know, they make up," Wanda says of the regulars. Three dollars will buy you a vodka cocktail, $2.25 a draft beer. If you want to take a break from all the catching up, you can play a video game or silently munch on some of the potato chips Wanda picks up from Publix. Eddie's Place is open daily from noon to 5 a.m.
So-called progress dislodged Eddie's from the corner of SW Eighth Street and 126th Avenue in the early Nineties to make way for a god-dang restaurant, parking lot, and minor strip mall. So this cocktail lounge with an Anglo-Alabaman aura was chased into in a narrow mall storefront only 50 feet away from its original location. Damn straight it was. As a result of this little modern-day Reconstruction (whupped up, no doubt, by some pissant latter-day carpetbaggers), this dim room is now stuck... More »