Saturday, August 09, 2008

Soccer Tavern

Inside, 2:00 p.m.: 9 old white men, 2 old white women, 6 ageless Chinese men, 20 (?) copies of the Daily Racing Form, 1 jukebox ("The Irish Rover"), 2 tv screens showing horse racing, 1 Irish bartender talking about the situation in South Ossetia.
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Blogger BusterPh.D.Candidate said...

Been there. Done that:

7:48 PM  
Blogger aTallDrinkOfWater said...

accurate description but I would like to add ...

"...the Soccer has been a bar since 1928 (serving as a speakeasy during prohibition … hence the hole in the wall appearance). The bar was originally located along the right wall allowing easy access to the basement but was moved to the left wall - at some point there were booths but now there are a couple of tables and room to play darts.

With a couple of TVs you can watch the game (and/or a movie) and the walls are filled with randomness … including a world map and a map of the 50 states just in case there should be a need to settle an argument of where someplace is (and the map is consulted more than you think) ... as for the crowd – it is a ‘multi-flavored international clientele’ that has its own harmony.

The juke box has 99 CDs but only 60 are actually listed in the juke box itself – for the remaining CDs you will need to consult the sheets of paper taped together that usually sits on top (You can only laugh at a couple of the typos and a few incomplete song lists.) The CDs vary - including country, rock and irish tunes with a sprinkle of some international tunes - but overall the music definitely agrees with the bar and you are sure to find something you like.

… some bottled beers and hard alcohol – but do not expect to see too many fancy drinks … and you can only find four beers on tap (bud, budlight, guinness & whatever they feel like carrying on the fourth)

… there is more character to the bar – such as the ‘shaving cream song’ - but I can not give away all its secrets …"

2:33 PM  

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