All the flashy, thumping clubs that fill our cities are enough to make bargoers nostalgic for the watering holes of bygone days -- the kind in the old Westerns, where folks can drink, dance, and shoot a game of pool. For the city-dwelling cowpokes, there's Chit Chat's Lounge. Chit Chat's is a clean, classic, laid-back spot. Shoot a game of eight ball, hit the dance floor, or kick back and watch one of the many high-definition TVs. And don't be afraid to let a big "Yeehaw!" slip out.
In the wee hours of a recent Wednesday, an unlikely couple entered the Chit Chat Lounge. One tall white kid and what appeared to be a teeny-tiny but very-butch black lesbian spied a few regulars lazily throwing darts in a corner and a dressed-down man and woman at one end of Chit Chat's worn-but-gleaming bar, speaking and laughing softly in a non-specific Southern accent. It was an unpretentious crowd, not at all rambunctious and remarkably good-natured for 1 a.m. The bar, which had been... More »