G & L Fire Escape

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The tidy St. Ben's neighborhood in North Center has few bars with one notable exception--the G & L Fire Escape (the initials stand for Grace and Leavitt). A firefighters' hangout, this clean tavern is festooned with old and recent pictures of firefighters, as well as firefighter hats and uniform patches. What is not fire-related in the bar is Irish in nature, including green streamers and a sign that counts down the number of days until St. Patrick's Day. Harp and Guinness are on tap but domestic cans are big sellers. A pleasant place to have an afternoon beer, the Fire Escape has large windows onto the nicely kept houses nearby.