For 117 years a man has been able to get a drink in the Silver Queen Saloon. And for the last 50 years he could also get married there.

That's because the saloon has had a wedding chapel since 1929.

But the drinking stops at the chapel door. House rule.

Judge Eddie Colletti, 62, has done all the marrying in the Silver Queen Wedding Chapel the last 21 years.

It is the same saloon in which Ulysses S. Grant and Thomas A. Edison bellied up to the bar and Enrico Caruso belted out arias.

Slot machines frame the chapel entrance.

"I give a simple ceremony," said Judge Colletti, "that's all the love birds usually want. Twenty dollars covers everything including Art Rafal."

Rafal, 78, a leprechaun-like, silver-haired, silver-bearded man who always wears a long green coat and top hat, has been playing the piano in the Silver Queen for 25 years.

Rafal takes a break from his saloon playing anytime he is called on to provide music for a wedding on one of the two pianos or the century-old organ in the chapel.

"Funny thing about the chapel," says bartender John Galli, 50. "All 10 of us who work in the Silver Queen were married here."

Galli said he has been married five times "but the only one that took was the one done here by Eddie Colletti."

Even the owners of the saloon, Charley Palmer, 53, and his wife, La Vonne, were married in the chapel by the judge.

"I've married all kinds over the years," says the judge. "Until recently I'd marry them any hour of the night or day. But not any more. If I'm in bed and a couple calls, I tell them to sleep on it and wait until morning."

"Sometimes they ask me to marry them in a church, in Piper's Opera House or in one of the historical mansions in town. I'll marry them anywhere. Once I married a couple in a motel in a bed.

"The witnesses were standing around the bed while the bride and groom lay there under the covers taking their vows. They never did get out of bed while I was there."