Despite its location in a mostly industrial area and its lockdown behind barred windows and a door, the Welcome Inn does right by its moniker with a jovial staff and a warm interior replete with wood-paneled walls, video games and a cigarette machine. The nearly sunless spot -- most of the lighting seems to come from the dozens of old-school beer signs -- is perfect for a brew on a cold day. The best times to, ahem, be Welcomed are during the bar's happy hours -- emphasis on the s: Monday through Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 10 a.m. That's right: The Welcome Inn has long been a haven for working folk with odd schedules, so if you're looking for some dawn drinking company, it's not a bad place to start.
With the exception of especially festive nights, when I do shots, or sushi outings, when sake is just what's happening, I pretty much drink beer. There are a number of reasons for this, a major one being that I'm lousy at pacing myself. What I... More »