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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bouncer Watches the Castro Mingle at the Mix

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

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From this week's Bouncer column:

I pass the Mix all the time, and every time I do, some good song is playing: "Heart of Glass," "Karma Police," even Television's "Marquee Moon," once. Besides the Midnight Sun, which is a rowdy, fun place to watch TV finales, or Twin Peaks, which feels like a scene from a movie, the Mix is my favorite Castro bar. If you were wondering where the lesbians were hiding in this 'hood, look no further. It is indeed a "mix," of ages, genders, and orientations. That might not be other people's idea of a good bar, but for a straight girl who likes to people-watch, it's a great choice.

Happy hours and weekends at this place are insane, so I only duck in for a quickie during off-hours. I like to sit at the window in the front and watch everyone walking by, and there is usually someone else with the same idea, who doesn't mind the occasional sarcastic comment from me about the view. Sometimes, if I get lucky, the other person is even bitchier than me.

From the outside, the Mix looks tiny, but it gets bigger once you enter it. (I'm sure there is a sex joke in there somewhere, but I will leave that up to you.) Most people end up on the back patio after their third or fourth drink, probably chain-smoking after going five days without any nicotine. D'oh! In order to quit smoking, one must first quit drinking: This is the real secret. But I digress.

This evening I'm content to sit in the front of the bar, sippin' and gazin'. The day had been unusually hot, so many of the men walking by were shirtless. But I'm not looking at the men; what I really like to check out in the Castro are the dogs. I recognize most of them immediately...

... continue reading this week's Bouncer column.

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