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Slipping back into Bay St.

Slip 45 bartender Jorge Ayala makes a drink for  Binder Basi and Jason Walker. lounge. - Jesse Beals/Staff Photo
Slip 45 bartender Jorge Ayala makes a drink for Binder Basi and Jason Walker. lounge.
— image credit: Jesse Beals/Staff Photo

From salsa to comedy, they’re hoping to entertain you at Slip 45.

The bar and eatery, which opened in March, features comedy shows, dinner shows, live bands and DJ music — and there’s plenty of food and drinks, too.

“We’re just playing it by ear,” said owner Kim Houg.

She explained that while the last business on the property on Bay Street “was run into the ground, we knew we would be able to turn it into something the community would enjoy.”

Slip 45 opens at 4:30 a.m. every day for breakfast. The back area of the facility doesn’t open until 8 or 9 p.m. for events. It closes at 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and at midnight on Sunday and Monday.

With 6,000 square feet of space, they are able to offer a variety of menus, with an emphasis on “American food” and at least one special everyday.

Breakfast offerings range from the standard two eggs and bacon or sausage ($5.99) to corn beef and hash with eggs ($8.99), pancakes ($3.50 for three) and omelets ($5.99 for the Denver version to $7.50 for the Texas version). They also offer “breakfast on the run,” including a torpedo burrito ($3.99) and French toast sticks ($2.99).

For later in the day, the menu features sandwiches and wraps — served with fries, soup or salad — such as a reuben ($7.50), chicken Caesar wrap ($7.99) and a shrimp and avocado wrap ($8.50). Other offerings include burgers ($5.99 to $8.50), fish and chips ($8.99) and fish tacos ($8).

The backside of the menu features a hearty helping of appetizers, everything from standard mozerella cheese sticks ($6.99) and buffalo wings ($7.50) to more unique offerings such as fried Loligo calamari served with a garlic aioli sauce ($6.99) and the Slip 45 House Shrimp Martini ($6.99 for black tiger prawns served martini-style over fresh mango salsa).

Houg said they have received a lot of requests for private parties.

And for those just wanting a night out, there’s plenty to do.

“We do a comedy show every Wednesday,” Houg said. “We do salsa, swing and ballroom dancing. If it’s something the community likes, we’ll set a (regular) date for it.”

In addition, Houg cited such family-friendly amenities as an arcade and shuffleboard. “I want it to feel welcoming.”

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