A Modest (Drink) Proposal

Welcome back to another entry in my goofy little series of weak attempts at meme-ing! (for previous installments, see here and here). Been awhile, eh? Lovely to see you again!

One wonders…

The very idea of a satire lounge is delightful. One wonders at the many senses in which the drinks may be “mixed.”

While I will have my little joke — and the signs and wonders in the Margolies Collection are an endless source of questionable advertising choices — the real story of the Satire Lounge is actually pretty inspiring. Pete’s Satire Lounge (still in business) was opened in 1962 by Pete Contos (1934-2019), “a founding father of Denver’s restaurant scene” who owned several different restaurant businesses and anchored a whole neighborhood on Colfax Avenue, “the longest, wickedest street in America.” The bar itself is billed as “a true Mexican dive bar” (owned and run, as such a place sometimes must be, by a Greek restaurant entrepreneur). It is home to a “famous” Blue Margarita and a whole lot of love from its patrons, regulars and new visitors alike. Apparently, Bob Dylan played there once back in the 60s, and the Smothers Brothers once lived in an apartment above the bar (which, now that I think of it, actually seems exactly right for anyplace that deserves to be called a Satire Lounge).

[Image: The neon sign outside of Pete’s Satire Lounge in Denver, CO, photographed by John Margolies in 2004.]

About L. M. Bernhardt

Deaccessioned philosopher. Occasional Musician. Academic librarian, in original dust jacket. Working to keep my dogs in the lavish manner to which they have become accustomed.
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2 Responses to A Modest (Drink) Proposal

  1. Bob Ferguson says:

    Love the satiric ads for foot fungus cream that you inserted. They’re almost as good as the fake ads that SNL used to run at the top of the show. I would never have thought to do that. ;-)


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