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The owners of 1933, from left: Lynn Gudmundson, Jacob Cadena and Brian Myrick. They are at the bar inside the Prohibition Lounge and Nightclub. “You hear in Bakersfield all the time that there’s nothing to do, but there’s so much to do here,” Myrick said. “This place has got so much in it. I mean, it’s an afternoon, it’s a lunch, its a dinner, it’s a concert, it’s a club; there is so much here to do. We wanted it to be like that. It’s a destination.”

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.

The massive

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