Tuesday, November 04, 2014

River West Low Dive Fantasy

Richard's Bar in Chicago West Town neighborhood

Drinking establishments like Richard's Bar on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago's River West neighborhood always catch my wandering--but sober--eye. I've never stepped inside but I don't have to. I can imagine who's in there (a socio-eco-weave of hip, working class, and Board of Trade snark). I know what it smells like (4:01 AM after 15 shots of  Jager).  I know what the vibe is (a long pull of killer juke box with a low-tension--but mounting--conversational chaser).  Nope; no need to enter. I can see inside with my third eye. As pitifully inviting as it looks from the sidewalk, even on my best drinking day, it would only be a matter of time...