When your group is unsure whether they want a casual few beers or a long night in a club, go to Cafe Saint-Ex. The basement has a dance floor that will make you feel a phantom bass drop in your chest days later, and the main floor is a basic bar with a tin ceiling and some vintage movie posters. While the combination of these two things might sound weird, it winds up coming in handy more often than you might think. Just know you will lose whichever members of your crew opt for the dance floor.
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