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PICS: Live Wire’s 25th Anniversary Party at the Observatory North Park

Cold beer, warm friends: Live Wire celebrated its 25th anniversary with a blockbuster party at the Observatory North Park on Nov. 4 with Rocket From the Crypt, Mariachi El Bronx, and the Meices!

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LiveWire 25th Anniversary Party - Observatory north Park - November 4, 2017
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Age might be nothin’ but a number -- but in the case of Live Wire’s 25th birthday, it was *kind of* a big deal. (Rocket From the Crypt's John Reis pictured)
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Not only was the beloved dive bar (which straddles the line between North Park and University Heights at 2103 El Cajon Blvd.) celebrating their quarter-century birthday, owners Sam Chammas (left) and Joe Austin (right) threw one hell of a party to boot.
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When Austin and Chammas announced the show back in July, there was no doubt tickets would sell out quickly -- and it sure did!
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The Meices, Mariachi El Bronx and hometown heroes Rocket From the Crypt (pictured) were all tapped to perform.
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When asked about the show back in July, Austin told SoundDiego: "[The] bands are made up of musicians who have been a part of our bar's history, and we're confident that it's going to be an amazing night."
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For those of you with decent memories, you’ll recall Live Wire’s 20th anniversary that took place over three days in October of 2012 with a bartender reunion, a commemorative sold-out show headlined by aMiniature and No Knife at the Lafayette Hotel, and a bicycle/bus tour the next day to top it off. Who knew they'd up the ante five years later?
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When it got its start in 1992, Live Wire (whose motto is, appropriately, "Cold Beer, Warm Friends") became a destination stop for craft-beer junkies at a time when it wasn’t the household blockbuster industry it is today.
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In fact, when Chammas and Austin started offering microbrewed IPAs, many patrons thought they were just too bitter. How times have changed, eh?
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Since the beginning though, they’ve remained a strict blue-collar dive bar with extremely amiable pricing, an unmatched vibe and arguably the best jukebox in town.
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Congratulations on 25 years, Live Wire -- here’s to many more.
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No stranger to San Diego, Mariachi El Bronx put a great show -- as expected.
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The Meices opened the show.
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