Karaoke + WiFi + Friendly Bartender = Happy Writer
Options to sing Goth Karaoke in addition to the expected classics + Entertaining Company + Friendly Bartender = Very Happy Writer
I love that I live in a burg where I can text a bar owner to verify that there's WiFi in the bar before heading over with my lap-tot. (Tiny lap-top) Once I get the verification, I head over to where people are already singing VNV Nation and Wolfsheim mixed in with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Cyndi Lauper. DJs Sparquis and Twig keep the mood fun and though they are dressed in black and singing Ministry and Dead Can Dance, they'll still play that song that gets most everyone to dance in a line. (I'm told it's called the "Cupid Shuffle.")
Albuquerque Rocks, and tonight, Retro's Bar is a good place to be. I'm having a "Vanilla Coke" and working on my book in a booth in front of the stage, with just enough distraction to make it feel like a mini-vacation, even though my word count is going up exponentially.
Let me make a small plea to my fellow New Mexican bar-goers: find your neighborhood bar and go to it. Give your hard working DJs credit where credit is due (these guys are going out of their way to have any song you want to sing, even if it will never be played on local radio outside of KUNM) and spend your money locally. Yeah, I want this bar (and other local Burque spots) to be here in five years, I've got some songs to dedicate on the mic, and they don't rock it like they do here anywhere else that I've found, and I've been looking. It's not perfect, but it feels like home- at least on Tuesday nights. This isn't an ad for Retro's specifically, it's a beacon of light to let you know that your home bar is out there, and I think that it might be around the corner for you: get out there and look.
(Around the corner for me is about a ten minute drive since don't live in the heights. I also frequent the Albuquerque Press Club and love Gecko's on Academy when I'm in a gastropub mood. Your great local spot is out there, go find it! Two cute drunk girls are singing Mariah Carey's "Hero" to you right now, get inspired. Already found it? Post a comment and share the wealth!)