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All photos: Armando Gallardo
All words: Brandon Wetherbee

The Science Club makeover is more like a spring cleaning. The signage is the same, the bar is the same and the events are the same. But the bar menu has been improved and the beer selection has been improved (goodbye, Amstel Light) and the cocktails have been summer-ized. If you liked the first 9+ years of the Science Club, you will like the updated Science Club.

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There is more than one new bar that has tried to look like Science Club. Lived in, old and authentic (whatever that means). A full makeover would be dumb. This update has brightened the space, showcasing art by Rustiko. It’s good stuff. It’s for sale.

The new cocktails are suited for this uncomfortably hot weather. Drinks like the Carbon Copy and Ginetics are light, smooth and summery (whatever that means). The Stiegl Theory is just a Raddler with a shot of Old Overhalt so it’s incredibly easy to drink. Also summery. The 4:30 to 8 p.m. happy hour makes everything even summerier. The busy patio should be filled with summer drinkers most every night, regardless of the weather.

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The best alteration to Science Club is the updated menu. There are now some meat options but it’s still not about meat. It’s about sharing and the blistered shishito peppers are ideal for sharing. Whether you’re on a diet or could care less about calories, the peppers should satisfy. The Mexican corn is another solid option. So are the fries. And the meatballs. The entire menu is meant for sharing. But get an order of the blistered shishito peppers for yourself.

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