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The Westword 2014 Show and Tell Bucket List: #5-1

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2. See how the Beat goes on at My Brother's Bar.

The building at 2376 15th Street has held a bar since at least the 1880s, perhaps even earlier. For more than forty years, it's been home to My Brother's Bar, a place so well-known for its classical music, great greasy bar burgers and down-home atmosphere that it doesn't even have a sign outside. But it serves up history as well as stiff drinks: During its incarnation as Paul's Place, which ran from Prohibition through the '60s, this saloon was a hangout for Neal Cassady, the inspiration for Dean Moriarty -- as well as a generation of Beats and other free spirits -- in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. But while Cassady was still a teen in Colorado, he rang up a big tab at Paul's and asked a pal to cover him, as documented by a letter still hanging at My Brother's.

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