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There’s nothing worse than a dry drunk, they say, except for a reformed smoker. I quit smoking back in May, toward the end of the month. I’d just gotten back from a trip to New Jersey to see my folks. My old man, wh...


In Search Of … A Great Notion

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One thing I hate about ’80s rehashing is that a lot of the people doing it were in diapers back then, when ironic poses weren’t ironic at all but sincere. But then there’s my iPod’s Recently Played list:...



Here’s a Tip …

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My sweetie and I recently went to J.R. Bentley’s Restaurant & Pub in Arlington, where she used to cocktail in a previous life (post-divorce, saving money to go to Australia). The occasion wasn’t special, just bu...


Jazz Haven

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A Fort Worth tradition recently expired with nary a whimper. Back in March, Lola’s Saloon-Sixth pulled the plug on its Sunday-night jazz jam, a get-together of some of the best straight-ahead jazzbos in town. The sessions...



Bar Trek: To Boldly Go …

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“I can’t believe you guys went to that bar on Hemphill!” That’s what Griffey’s girlfriend said to me as I slid her beer across the bar.


Keys to Success

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A live-music/neighborhood bar that’s been around in one form or another for about 30 years is currently undergoing a makeover. Keys Lounge co-owners and veteran bluesmen Bobby Counts and Danny Ross have expanded the South...



The Great Outdoors

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The past couple-a weeks have been pretty good for bar-patio-ing. Not only has the weather been perfect — not too hot, not too cold, and relatively mosquito-free — but there are more outdoor-drinking options than ever.


Home Run

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You’ve gotta love a cutesy name. The full moniker of Bobby V’s includes the words “sports gallery” and “cafĂ©.” Although the Arlington spot serves food — good food at that — I jus...



Walls of Sound

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Way back in January, I resolved that I would try to get through 2009 without writing another article about Caves Lounge. Oops, I guess. I realize it’s not the only bar in Tarrant County that’s worth a damn, but it i...


Kiddie Litter

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My time at bowling alleys has been limited to kids’ bowling/laser-tag parties. Even then, I’m the parent who makes five minutes of small talk with the poor grownup(s) in charge then sneaks out for a couple of hours ...