About six miles up Guess Rd. is the Last Chance Tavern, a bar on the outskirts of town with an awesome jukebox and very cheap Bud Light. This blurb from the Independent reminded me that I’ve been wanting to check it out, and the bits and pieces I had heard were pretty accurate – it’s as about as far as you can get from The Federal within Durham city limits.
After we were sure we had driven too far, the Harley-esque sign appeared out of nowhere. The place is surprisingly small, with a bar and a few TVs in one corner and a couple of pool tables, darts, and foosball in the other. There’s even a beaten-up karaoke set hooked up to a tiny TV and a boom box.
The decor doesn’t leave much to be desired (Budweiser girls, a pool lamp in the shape of a NASCAR stock car, a cardboard cutout of a NASCAR guy, Mötley Crüe on the TVs) and the jukebox is full of old country, new country, and classic rock. David Allen Coe has never sounded better.
The bartender was happy to serve us $1.75 draught Bud Light for as long as we wanted, but by about 10.45 the place had cleared out so we did too. Although it closes early, it’s a great place to start a night out, assuming you’re up for the drive.
Last Chance Tavern (map)
Monday – Saturday: 7ish – 11ish