This sultry, low-lit hangout is populated by artists plotting their next projects at the polished mahogany bar. Situated in a nondescript strip on Boren Avenue,

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Best Art Project With An End Date On It

The Hideout

This sultry, low-lit hangout is populated by artists plotting their next projects at the polished mahogany bar. Situated in a nondescript strip on Boren Avenue, The Hideout is a swank, unfussy, much-loved bar, the invention of Vital 5 Productions' Greg Lundgren. Between two long walls covered salon-style in art, you might sip cocktails crafted from fresh fruit juice. A converted vending machine sells small art objects for small bills: Miniature portraits or glitter-dipped plastic guns drop like candy bars from the machine's unspooling coils. The only clear indication that this working bar is an art installation is its looming expiration date: November 31, 2010. Given that there is no 31st in any November, this place might stick around a little longer than that. Says Lundgren: "Like any traditional production, the durability of the show is based upon making money and having fun."—Adriana Grant

 
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