and the back room had black lights and trippy graffitti on the walls. Usually something like this was playing:
The Artful Dodger stayed open until 2. If you weren't ready to go home yet (remember the glow sticks?) you could walk up to Blue Note on Armitage, which was a super smoky basement bar that stayed open until 4. The jukebox was good, filled with Blue Note jazz records as well as classic Chicago blues:
If you still weren't ready to go home (some of those *glow sticks* lasted longer than others) you could walk across the Cortland bridge
past the Finkl factory
and over to Old Town, where you could get a greasy breakfast at Nookie's Diner.
I had a friend who lived in a coach house/studio above a garage in Old Town. She tended bar and kept strange hours but she was usually good for some French press coffee, a couple of bowls and some chill music:
Then on Monday morning, load up the Walkman with appropriate tapes for the ride in to work:
Good times, back in the day.