Sometimes even the most organized people get so caught up in the blur of holiday parties, travels, card sending and gift wrapping that they lose track of time and space- only to discover themselves wondering how they are to know exactly when the Christmas season is truly over. I would have to say when you find yourself sitting at the bar in the Silver Fox Lounge on a Monday afternoon watching a waitress leisurely taking down stands of twinkle lights, tinsel, and assorted ornaments, it is probably time to admit that you have survived yet another holiday season.
You claim you’ve never been to the Silver Fox Lounge? Then you are missing out on one of the Duke City’s finest drinking establishments. Although “they” say that you should avoid judging books by their covers, this is one bar that should be judged by its wonderful signage at the corner of Haines and 4th St NW. Inside, patrons are treated to fast and friendly service, and new customers (or “irregulars”) receive hearty handshakes from the owner.
Located along the pre-1929 alignment of historic Route 66, the Silver Fox Lounge is in all likelihood the best place in Albuquerque to listen to “Love Hangover” spilling from a jukebox and reflecting off a small disco ball before being absorbed by a larger than life-sized painting of a nude woman (who reminds me of Elly Mae Clampett). Walls are sparsely decorated with framed photographs of Elvis, collages of saloon regulars and posters announcing unfathomable happy hour deals.
A small, low stage stands at the ready for live performances by local bands and the low-density of television sets elevates the Silver Fox Lounge above the numerous downtown sports bars. Restrooms are bright and clean by all standards, and the men’s room contains a state-of-the-art 3.8-liter Toto urinal. Large round booths afford great views of the tavern’s billiards tables. The floor is covered with a combination of new tile and festive “Stinko de Mayo” carpeting.
The Silver Fox Lounge also offers a full bar menu from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm for customers desiring more nutrition than just beer. What I’m saying is, the next time you find yourself driving by the Silver Fox Lounge, do not hesitate to dive in. Entrance is on the side. Don’t be surprised if you spot a bumper sticker in the parking lot around back that reads “What Would Scooby Do?”