birthday birthday bar bar

Get your Schlitz here

you heard what the sign said

In no particular order, these are some bars that I love:

  • The Pub
  • Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap
  • The Cove
  • Ciral’s House of Tiki*
  • The Beachwood
  • The Get Me High Lounge*
  • Marie’s Riptide
  • The Pontiac*
  • The Green Mill
  • Danny’s
  • Tuman’s (the “Alcohol Abuse Center”)*
  • The L&L
  • Carol’s Pub
  • Rich’s First One Today (now called “The Corner”)
  • The Charleston
  • The Skylark
  • The Queen Albert
  • Simon’s
  • Dirty Frank’s
  • The Ding-Dong
  • Old Town Bar
  • The Comrade

The ones with the asterisks next to their name are no longer in existence. Yes, I know there is a bar called Tuman’s on Chicago Avenue, but I believe it is the kind of place that serves, shudder, “small plates”.

The Beachwood still has the large ceramic pigs in the window, but Marie of Marie’s Riptide just passed away. The Get Me High and the Tiki haven’t been around for years.

Obviously I am trying to find an appropriate bar to have some kind of birthday gathering in a couple of weeks.

Several challenges are obvious — I am unemployed, so the place has to be cheap. It may or may not have to accomodate small children. It should serve food. It should be open during the day and very late at night to allow for people’s schedules.

I was thinking I could camp out at a table at, say, Jimmy’s on the Saturday before my birthday when they open. A pitcher of water, a cheeseburger, fries OBVIOUSLY, and a sign that says “THE BIRTHDAY GIRL IS IN.” From opening until close, a steady stream of well-wishers could come in, spend some time and buy me stuff to drink. Whoever’s left at the end of the night could escort me to the Korean karaoke parlor in West Rogers Park and deposit me in one of their mirrored lounges named after a flower, or simply leave me on the curb in front of my building, a sign reading “THE BIRTHDAY GIRL IS PASSED OUT” pinned to my smock.

Sounds like a plan to me.


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