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BARRELHOUSE, San Luis Obispo

A barbershop serves as a front for this downtown SLO taproom

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History: A two-chair, vintage-style barbershop is a front for an underground speakeasy-themed taproom in downtown SLO, which opened in 2016 as an extension of the three-year-old BarrelHouse Brewing Co. in Paso Robles. Though it’s not an authentic Prohibition bar, its bones date back more than a century. “[The building] hadn’t been occupied since the early days of the railroad boom,” says Chris Vaughn, the brewery’s marketing manager. Renovated using most of the same materials of the original 19th-century building, including exposed-brick walls and rusted beams, the bar immediately transports guests back 100 years.

How to get in: Step into the barbershop, which usually has a line out the door, and head straight for the back and down the stairs. “The keg room is hidden behind a hinged bookshelf,” Vaughn reveals.

What to order: Of the 16 high-end specialty taps available year-round, the most in-demand include the Reservado de Robles Barrel-Aged Beers and Salvaje de Robles Sour and Wild Ales. You can’t order a pint of these brews anywhere outside this taproom and the brewery. 

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