Pete & the Professor

Regulars are the blessing and bane of every bar. Bernice’s has its fare share. After a time you know what they drink, how long they’ll stay, whether you have to talk to them, what, if anything, they’ll leave for a tip. The bar has become part of their daily routine and the bartender is justContinue reading “Pete & the Professor”


Above the cash register at the Skylark hangs a painting many patrons wonder about. In it a boy stares back at us, bug-eyed, with soda cups stuck to his ears. Every bartender makes up their own story about what the picture means and why it hangs there. I don’t even hazard a guess. It’s oneContinue reading “Register”