The Kas Bar – #49 on the Tour

The Bar: The Kas Bar

The Address 234 SW Cutoff

The Day and the TIme  Monday at Five (this was a Holiday Monday)

The price 4.75

Did they ask me if I wanted a lime She did

What was the type of gin Well

What was the gin and tonic like Just a run of the mill, though kind of a strong drink.

The Joint Big roadhouse. I could believe Patrick Swayze as Dylan in the classic film would show up. There were pool tables, there was a good sized bar. Tables around the bar that gave it a pushed in feeling. The pool tables helped with that cramped feeling, which is odd in such a large place. They did have a big ballroom where bands play, though it was deserted when I was there. It has a lived in look, which is not to say it is dirty and messy, but it certainly was not pristine and orderly.

General Impressions It all seemed loud and drunken, which is interesting to note because there weren’t too many people in at the time. The three playing pool would lean over to the bar and get a few shots. Shots were important, so were huge jumbo steins you could fill with beer. The bar felt like someone who had a crazy time of it the night before and didn’t bother changing yesterday’s clothes or do more than a cursory combing of the hair and a good breath check. That’s how the bar felt. Unkempt, a little tired, but ready for the night and the possibility of shouting out Whooooo! at random people. The pool tables were very close to the path from the door to the bar and I had to walk through the game players to leave, it felt cramped for a place with a giant ballroom.

I guess this might be a good time to talk about pool tables. In my tour, I have come across 15 or 20 bars with pool tables. This is only the second time I have seen people using them. In a place like Kas Bar, it is fine, but a small place, it takes up a lot of room. In this case even, it impeded my flow to the important things, the bar with the booze. At another bar, I was talking to Saloon Owner Salvatore and he said he’s against pool tables in small bars. He did comment that he has a pool table in one of his bars, his largest one, and it is a money maker. It makes money without any true work on his part. I mentioned that it took up a lot of space, and he agreed. I said wouldn’t dart boards be better when it comes to space, and he shook his head, and said, “You don’t make money on darts. You do on pool.” Okay, more on Sal when he joins the tour for the next two bars, but for now, that’s enough side talk.

Amount of Time in the Joint 15 minutes.

Will I come back Probably not. It is not my place, but how nice that there is enough variety in town that there is a true road house bar around. For those who want that feel, this might be a good place for them.

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