Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Common Market after dark...

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM

When my friend told me she wanted to go to the Common Market for a girls night out I asked her if she was on crack.

“You’ve never been?” she asked.

“Yeah, in the afternoon to get lunch or stock up on my hippie snacks,” associating the Common Market with a cool convenience store-slash-deli... but as it turns out, it’s also a -slash bar — CM After Dark, if you will.

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I walked into the Common Market at 10 p.m. on a weekend night to a DJ playing Boys II Men, a bartender serving wine, a cooler reading, “cold and cheap beer” and an entire cooler of Sparks (which excited me by the way).

Meanwhile, you can go and select your own beer out of the cooler from $2 Tecate to the rarest of imports, pay the cashier and sit down at the bar — Swig and drink it. It’s like the Willy Wonka Hop Factory — there’s even chocolate beer...

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I wouldn’t be surprised if there were Oompa Loompas living behind the beer in the cooler keeping it stocked. And you can walk over the other cooler and get a latte for the morning.

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The only thing they didn’t have is a beer I got to try while in Salt Lake City for Sundance... Polygamy Porter. Their motto is "Why have just one?"

When I say there were all kinds of people there, I mean people of all kinds. But that’s just the population of Plaza Midwood in general... As most P-M spots in the p.m., the Common Market has its regulars — and irregulars, such as my girls and I. Though a crowd, the Common Market wasn’t crowded this particular night, but I hear it gets that way on the weekends when bands come and occupy the little stage on the closed off patio.

And this past Saturday they had a presentation of the Vagina Monologues. Well, all our vaginas were singing on the vacant stage when DJ Tech Support put "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" on. We danced as though no one was watching — because we thought no one was as we had the patio to ourselves. We went all out and even utilized the shop vacuum on the stage as props for microphones and performed like we were Cyndi Lauper all jacked up on Mountain Dew. We then proceeded to turn the patio into Soul Train and broke out the old school dance moves — I think I even broke out the Carlton.

On the way out, the cashier shouted to us, "Bye dancing queens!"

We turned to her out of curiosity as to how she saw, or heard, about our makeshift karaoke concert. But before we could ask she just pointed to the monitor above the register pointing out on the patio. Busted... with embarrassment.

This Saturday, Feb. 28, The Lesser Pauls, Erika Blatnik and Flash of Alchemy will be on camera on the Common Market patio.

There’s also Common Market opening up in SouthEnd right across from Phat Burrito and there’s unsuspecting nightlife at the 24-hour Amelies French Bakery on 28th in NoDa...

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