Rookies is a Columbia City bar with 12 flat-screen TVs showing an extensive variety of sporting events, plus an entrance carpeted with enough Astroturf that you could probably play certain sports on it.

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Do you feel delinquent drinking in a room with a floor salvaged from a high-school gym?

No, it has good energy. Think of how many kids ran around on it having a great time and how many parents were excited to watch their games.

Your website says that your bartenders "like a challenge." Gotten any impressive cocktail requests?

People mostly order whiskey Cokes and vodka tonics. But a guy came in who wanted a burger with about nine extra ingredients, and we said sure. He took a picture of it!

Your bar was formerly a lane in a bowling alley. Have any overly enthusiastic or intoxicated patrons slid down it like bowling balls?

[Laughs] No, but people have tried to slide their beers across it. The weirdest thing someone has done here—well, it was my idea to put a TV above the urinal—a friend of mine walked into the bathroom, and a guy was standing back about four feet to pee.

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Are the Slim Jims in your Bloody Marys meant to provide extra protein to promote athleticism?

Absolutely! They have bacon salt around the rims, too. recommended

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