Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hilton Charlotte University Place -- Charlotte, NC

Might as well, if you're in the area.  The hotel bar has a couple local drafts.  The kitchen makes a decent southwest salad.  Or you can pop across the street to Bar Louie for a slightly less hotel-bar experience.

North Tryon Laundromat -- Charlotte, NC

New, clean machines.  Temporary tattoos.  Mexican music videos.  Oh yes.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Laurie Meadows Coin Op Laundry -- San Mateo, CA

In an area where the laundromats are overpriced, grimy, and none of the dryers ever entirely finish drying your jeans, it's nice to find one that's at least not entirely overpriced.  Also, it has a chair -- a single plastic lawn chair -- which is likely already in use.  But hey, there's a liquor store next door, so grab a twenty-ounce, sit on a folding table, and quit your complaining.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Kelly's Olympian -- Portland, OR

This is your go-to spot in the neighborhood, if you aren't in the mood (yet) for the Yamhill Pub.  They have all kinds of old motorcycles hanging from the ceiling, and an overall bike theme.  There's even designated motorcycle parking out front.

Sit near the front of the place though, as the AC is pumped in from the back, and you'll freeze in the cold wind.  Or maybe that's part of the theme -- they just expect you to throw on a scarf, gloves, and your helmet.

Also, pinball.

Commodore Lounge -- Portland, OR

Good morning day drinkers!  They're open at 7 AM, so if you show up in the early afternoon, you're already behind.  They will catch you up.

They have two pool tables and pinball, so while you fritter away the daylight hours, you have something to do other than thumb through Twitter or whatever.  See?  You're being productive.  That high score isn't going to break itself.

Careful though, I'll bet the sock-heads fill it in the evenings to soak up the dive atmosphere ... and post it to Instagram.