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The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - — F.H.

Year founded: 1969, named af­ter owner Robert “Bob” Porter and bar man­ager Bar­bara Carter. Cur­rent owner Jack Prince pur­chased the busi­ness from Porter in 1994. In­te­rior: Pabst Blue Rib­bon mem­o­ra­bilia cov­ers the walls, in­clud­ing globe-shaped lights and pre-Pro­hi­bi­tion signs, framed ads from Ebony mag­a­zine and posters fea­tur­ing Rosey Grier, Joe Louis and other sports icons. The bar counter it­self is un­usual: Its edges are cush­ioned by a thick up­hol­stered red pad, which is per­fectly placed for you to lean into. Or, af­ter too many drinks, crash into. Mu­sic: On Fri­day and Satur­day nights, the house bands play funky soul-jazz cuts driven by the bar’s orig­i­nal Ham­mond B-3 or­gan. The juke­box (when it’s work­ing) is stocked with Teena Marie, the Spin­ners, Charles Ear­land and Mo­town com­pi­la­tions. Sig­na­ture drink: The Spe­cial, a $3 pair­ing of a PBR can and a shot of Jim Beam, which is known else­where in Philadel­phia as “the Ci­ty­wide Spe­cial.” Prince cred­its mu­sic pro­moter and bar­tender Rick D. with the orig­i­nal idea, back in 1994. These days, Prince says, they can go through 400 on a good Satur­day night. Draft beers: None, even though there are two old PBR tap han­dles pok­ing up from the bar. “Just dec­o­ra­tion,” Prince says. “I tried it, but it didn’t work out.” Worst day: “It was the night that Rick D. died, in April 2007,” Prince says. “He was a young man, in his early 40s. He died at home, and it was never clear ex­actly what [he died of]. It was very, very somber. The whole bar com­mu­nity was in shock.” There was mu­sic at some point, Prince says, through he doesn’t re­call ex­actly what it was. “No­body would have wanted the mu­sic to stop, es­pe­cially Rick, but it was a very sad mood that night.”

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