Rudy's was a cultures-collide dive bar.
Since it was in a student neighborhood, some of the variance was seasonal. There were nights
Rudy's was the most déclassé of New Haven's student bars. Some nights it took on the harder edge of a biker bar. Other nights it had the affectionately neglected vibe of a mutt neighborhood watering hole. Some
nights, when the stars lined up just so, Rudy's had to manage to be everything to everybody, and the disparate clientele had to find a way to coexist through the natural tension.