Posts tagged: bars
I think I'd pick “Butch's” from “The Best Years of Our Lives.”
Of course, seeing as how it is set in the 1940s, cigarette smoke would be an issue.
Same goes for the place in “Harvey,” which would be another possibility.
Two that would not be high on my list are the bars in “Star Wars” and “Flashdance.”
And the George-Bailey-was-never-born version of the tavern in “It's a Wonderful Life” seemed to attract a pretty easily amused clientele. I'd steer clear of that place, too.
If it has been ages since you spent any time in bars, how can you be sure that, in 2012, they aren't really anything like the ones depicted in beer commercials?
It has been a geologic era or two since I could be counted on to join colleagues for an after-work trek to what used to be called a watering hole.
Nothing about such gatherings works for me these days. And though there are co-workers whose company I enjoy, I guess I don't really miss these outings. Not enough to change my sacred schedule anyway.
But I recently learned that there used to be a hotel in downtown Spokane called the Sillman. The lounge there was called the Monkey Room.
I love that. At the Monkey Room, the cocktails menu included offerings such as the Waikiki Volcano and the Missionary's Downfall.
Since this discovery, I have been fantasizing about what it might have been like to dive into a little Tiki kitsch culture just a few blocks away from the newspaper building. I fully suspect the actual place left much to be desired. (Someone commenting on a previous blog post about the Sillman recalled there being a lot of police calls to the Monkey Room.) Still, it has been fun imagining referring to it with co-workers.
“Shall we repair to the Monkey Room in about 20 minutes?”
Or “Who's up for a debriefing at the Room of Monkeys?”
Or maybe we wouldn't need to say even that much. Perhaps you could declare a plan with two words.