Best Nod To 1977

The Parlor

"Johnny Thunders? Patti Smith? Richard Hell? Mick Jagger? Who the hell is that?" The Parlor – a loud, dark beer joint on North Loop, populated with tattooed, pierced beefcakes of all ages and genders – has the city's most kickass jukebox, scorching live blues on Monday nights, a pool table that is often open and ready for lousy pool players to practice the craft, and some enormous, really confusing rock-star portraits painted on the walls. Music trivia buffs, musicians, and rock critics alike can entertain themselves for hours, slamming extremely affordable beers between examining the mysterious murals and going over their inner catalog of junkie images from the punk rock era, which is exactly what a night out in this cozy, darkened den of pleasures is all about.

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