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The Leaky Lifeboat opens in Seaford

In case you were wondering what all those cars were doing parked along both sides of Merrick Road near Route 135 over the weekend, it looks like there's a hot new bar -- The Leaky Lifeboat

Despite the simple black-and-white sign hanging over a plain exterior, there is more here than meets the eye.

For example, the name -- Leaky Lifeboat -- is taken from the title of a song by the experimental rock band Sonic Youth, a message to those in the know that this bar takes music seriously. Another unexpected touch is the house jukebox, programmed with several lesser-known bands. The bartending staff, a friendly lot who happen to have a lot of tattoos and wear a lot of black, appear to be genuine fans of the rock scene.

The look of the interior is also a departure from the average neighborhood pub. While there is foosball and darts, the walls are decorated with homemade cigar-box guitars and small pieces of simple, colorful art.

Need one more piece of proof that this spot may be a burgeoning star on the nightlife circuit? The place was completely packed with a young, bustling crowd for its grand opening weekend, and as local bars go, that doesn't happen all that often.

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