Tucked among the industrial warehouses, business offices and recycling centers off Coffee in northwest Bakersfield is a sprawling building complex that looks — at first glance — like a new state-of-the-art super-gym.
But as you approach, there are indications that all is not what it seems: loud conversation, bottles clanking, and laughter as thick as the smell of cigarette smoke coming from the back patio. The Budweiser banner at the entrance is a dead giveaway this is not a place for weights and ellipticals. It’s a bar. A really big bar.