The bar's interior is highlighted by brown paneling, cushy barstools and vinyl booths. Busts of Jimmy Durante, John Wayne and Groucho Marx sit high above the hundreds of glistening liquor bottles on the mirrored back shelf of the bar, and the color television sets all work.
Then you see the sign:
Bingo Night Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.
Yes, Bingo Night is the main event at the small, one-room Mark's Pub. Regulars fill the bar, praying their "B-8" is called so that they can take home a $50 or so pot. The rest of the week, Mark's Pub is just your average, quiet neighborhood bar filled with mostly working class 30- to 60-year-olds. Its beer is $3 a pint (with the usual domestic suspects on tap); and the standard bar fare, including grilled chicken and tuna melts for the health-conscious, runs an average of $6.50. Just be sure you don't spill on your winning card.
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