Patio Lounge
8743 Jefferson Highway…tucked away in the corner beside Jeff’s Food Mart.

I had always wondered about all the cars parked beside Jeff’s Food Mart at dusk. No sign adorns the exterior of the Patio. This did not deter me. I flew solo and walked up to the iron door where a patron promptly unlocked it and allowed me entry. No music played. The regulars watched Millionaire together. As I drank my bud light, we began to view and comment on the movie Casino.
The Patio has been in existence since 1962. Green leather banquets line the far wall, and antique beer bottles and steins behind the bar provide ambiance. Jimmy, the mustached bartender, says Crown and Coke is the drink of choice, but The Patio is famous for their Bloody Mary. 24 hours notice and you can order it by the gallon. It is the kind of place I feel I could flip and tease my hair, put on a cocktail dress, step back in time and watch a lunar landing on TV.
Bring cash; they won’t take your credit card. And for all of you shift workers…they open at 8 am. That’s when you can meet Charlie, the owner.

Dive Bar Girl