The Fifty/50

This Isn’t the Fifty/50 That You Used to Know

Rum Slushies, Sports and Crispy Chicken Skins on Division

By Sam Eichner ·
811364485a093eb75bdf8c42fd2d917510 PhotosThe Fifty/50
You know the Fifty/50.

Big sports bar on Division.

Great jumbo wings.

Enviable outdoor patio situation.

Well, after eight years, the place underwent a total revamp, and just reopened last night. It’s the same. But it’s also... not the same.

We’ll let the Thens and Nows explain...

The Atmosphere
Then: Your friendly neighborhood jerseys-on-the-wall, shot-doing, bottle-service-having establishment.
Now: It’s got the same neighborhood vibe, but more of the high-end feel you’ve come to expect from the guys responsible for the Berkshire Room and the Sixth.

The Space
Then: A sizable bi-level sports bar with large circular booths and front windows that open up to the aforementioned “enviable outdoor patio situation.”
Now: They’ve redone every inch of the place. Meaning: an extended bar, distressed wooden walls, dark brown leather booths and everything else in this slideshow.

The Food
Then: Wings slathered in housemade, aged buffalo sauce. Cold-smoked hamburger patties. That sort of thing.
Now: All of the above. Plus, more interesting stuff like French onion braised mussels, bone-in filets and crispy chicken skins.

The Drinks
Then: Beer, whiskey and their vodka-spiked Naughty Lemonade.
Now: Beer, whiskey, a mint-and-rum slushy, tobacco-y bourbon drinks and a special snow machine you won’t find anywhere else in the state.

The snow is for alcohol. It’s alcohol snow.

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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