Dept. of Wish Fulfillment

I went to a dueling piano bar last Thursday, almost a year after my first visit. Compared to Louie Louie ’s ridiculously festive décor –– instruments, piñatas, bras, deer heads –– Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar ’s was sort of tame. And the ribald versions of pop songs were equally ho-hum. Some friends and I had gone to Pete’s to kill time before the 10 p.m. comedy open-mic at nearby Hyena’s Comedy Night Club . As one of the pianists was barreling through “ Pour Some Sugar on Me ” while directing several recent TCU grads to get familiar with one another in a stationary conga line , one of my friends leaned over. “This is probably the funniest thing we’re gonna see tonight,” he said.

It was not, and it also wasn’t the funniest –– in a weird, tragicomic way –– thing I’d seen that day. It was a Thursday, and every Thursday, I arrive at The Boiled Owl Tavern

Aiken band covers variety of music

  1. July 16, 2:30 a.m.: A tavern employee called police when an argument on the outside of their closed business escalated and a woman asked for help. Officers arrived, interviewed the parties involved and determined an argument between a couple had 
  2. Submitted Photos by Joshua “Moose” Nicholson All Bets R Off will return to Playoffs Sports Bar and Grill on Aug. 29. Pictured, from left, are guitarist Corey McDonald, his dad and drummer Ken McDonald, bassist David Walden and guitarist DeWitt Beeler.
  3. People sat in booths finishing the daily crossword puzzle or playing backgammon. Regulars say there are always familiar faces at the Parkway. People often come separately but drink together. Bartenders almost always know everyone's name; if they don't, 

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