Louisville Magazine

AUG 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.18 63 It's Friday night at Syl's Lounge and Sylvia Arnett is holding court, her "Bow to the Queen" birthday broach pinned with cash. She swirls a rum and Pepsi, laughs toward the karaoke performer serenading her with a Billy Vera and the Beaters tune, his arm outstretched in her direction. A crowd has packed into the low-lit West Broadway bar that feels like a 1960s Harlem dive. Red light bulbs give the faded wood bar, stained-glass lamps and weathered wood paneling an otherworldly glow. Men in brimmed hats and leather jackets nurse bottles of light beer next to well-dressed women in careful makeup and hair, who sit large purses on the bar and slowly sip vodka-cranberries whose ice has gone watery. One senior stands in a 1970s leisure suit. e place is bathed in the familiarity of a family reunion, with boisterous greetings, sudden bouts of dancing and hints of heavy perfume and dry-cleaned Sunday best. "Happy birthday to the one and only!" a man in his early 70s says, joining the crowd clustered around Syl's table. By Chris Kenning For nearly three decades, bar owner Sylvia Arnett has brought good vibes to the sometimes troubled Russell neighborhood. Miss Syl celebrating her 82nd birthday at her bar. Photo by Terrence Humphrey.

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