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Latino locals might still pop by this old Cypress Park bar for after-work Tecates and tequila shots, but for the most part, the Spanish-speaking stalwarts who used to frequent this beloved dive are all but gone since Dave Nuepert (Short Stop, El Chavito) took over a few years ago. Footsies, like Little Cave not far from it, has been gently gentrified, and it's maintained its charm post-makeover. It's done up in '70s Regal Beagle (the Three's Company's bar) kitsch: homey retro lighting, nude paintings everywhere, dark-red and wood furniture. For the most part, most nights, you'll find boho types in beards and American Apparel garb sipping PBR and cheap shots. DJ sounds range from soul to death metal and there's a jukebox, pool table and smoking area in the back.
Naked people are naked people, but it's where you find the images of them that makes all the difference. Put them in a sleazy mag, flipping out from the centerfold: trashy smut. Hang them on a wall: art! The latter is the case at Footsies, our latest favorite dark hipster bar in Cypress Park. Footsies, with its trendy disposition, retro feel and kickin' jukebox, moves the Silver Lake vibe a little farther east. Of course, with that sometimes comes the hipper-than-thou clientele, dressed in... More »
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