As the sun fades behind the Metro stop, taco stands and obscure clinicas de medicina you’ll slowly make your way to the Lotus Lounge. A bright entrance you can’t believe you’ve missed for years is your welcome mat to cheap beers, sake and bar games. It’s on the early side so you’ve got the jukebox to yourself amongst the trickling flow of mainstays who pony up to the bar in their own ornate fashion. Take turns buying rounds while exchanging victories over the bright green felt. In no time your're sharing jokes with other barroom rats sharing stories about Bruce Springsteen and the neighborhood of old. Only in a dive like this would the tides churn in your favor so quickly. And to think you’ve been passing by here for years.
Bonus: If you need to keep the night rolling cruise up to Girl at the White Horse for dancing and great cocktails.