Non Sequitur Fridays

Finding Your Local Watering Hole

This post is part of our Non Sequitur Fridays series, which will feature a different Wistian's take on a non-Wistia-related topic each week. It's like our "employee of the month" but less "of the month"-y. Jordan Munson is a customer champion at Wistia. His last Non Sequitur was about silly walks.

Chances are that you, reader, are living in a place that has an establishment nearby where you can procure food and beverage in exchange for dollars, and that this establishment employs humans to make that exchange happen. If, per chance, you do not have something like that, just use your imagination.

Residing in Somerville, Massachusetts, I have a very wide selection of such establishments within a very convenient distance from my house. In 3+ years, I have visited a vast majority of the ones in reasonable proximity to me, but there's one in particular that's stolen my heart.

If you know me, whether in real life or via the Internetâ„¢, there's a good chance that you've heard me mention it: Parlor Sports.

About a year after I'd moved to Somerville, I'd decided it was time to find a place to go watch my beloved LA Kings play that wasn't on my own couch in my PJs. That search quickly led me to Parlor Sports in the spring of 2012, just a couple of months before the Kings won their first ever Stanley Cup.

After being so warmly greeted in my first visit there by the wonderful staff behind the bar, getting to know them quite well over the Kings Stanley Cup run, and signing the pole in the bar to commemorate it, it was pretty much fate that Parlor Sports would be my spot of choice.

But it became so much more than that.

In addition to watching two Kings Stanley Cups there, I've:

Watched the Kentucky Derby. Endured multiple Packers playoff losses.
Survived fantasy sports fails. Had my name added to the menu.

What really drew me to Parlor Sports wasn't just that I could watch sports somewhere. It was that I could watch sports with some of the best people I know, and have a pretty high probability of meeting wonderful new folks at the place I was watching sports. That's what it's all about. Good food, good drinks, good atmosphere, better people.

When you're trying to pick your own local watering hole, try to find a place that makes you feel genuinely welcome. Those are the places that deserve loyal patronage.

Lastly, I have to give a laundry list of specific shout outs to the staff, past and present (Garv, Jon O, Max, Patrick, Beau, James, J, and everyone else), and my friends (the aforementioned staff plus Scott, Kirk, Erica, Andy, Lauren, Rylan, Mike, Jeff, the Halmos, Jared, Brendan, Becca, Jordan, and the rest of you that I feel really bad about forgetting here).

What are the local spots that make you feel most at home in your area?

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