You guys. I need a drink.
Okay, that’s not true. It’s Tuesday afternoon. I don’t need a drink or even want one right now, if you must know.
But from time to time, I want a drink. Not a craft beer, and not a glass of wine—although don’t get me wrong, these are solid drink choices. Except when I want an honest-to-goodness, grown-up, made-with-spirits, comes-in-a-real-glass kind of drink.
I want to walk into a dimly lit bar with red vinyl seats and hear Frank Sinatra or Sam Cooke playing quietly in the background. I want to walk up to the bartender and ask for an Old Fashioned or a Gimlet or a Corpse Reviver #2 and have that person know exactly what to do.
And most of all, I don’t want to pay $14 for a drink that should cost 7 or 8 bucks at the most.
Does this place exist? Is there a place in Fresno or Reedley or Clovis where a broad like me can order a well-made, reasonably priced drink and have a conversation with friends without having to shout over a jukebox, loud band or group of inebriated 22-year-olds?
Tell me, please. Because as our local saloons start to change, fade away, flame out too quickly, or literally catch fire (Landmark, Audie’s, The Republican, Livingstone’s, respectively), and nothing comparable comes along to replace them, I’m left wondering if the days of social drinking as we know it are coming to an end.
So help me out. Where’s a good place to get a drink in these parts?