confession time: I used to be a cocktail waitress at Brian O'Brien's

So, what's this about Brian O'Brien's burning down? I saw the raw footage on the Abq Journal's website, but can't find a dang news story about it.

I guess it's confession time: I used to work at that bar. Yes, I worked at the bar with the freaking dumbest name ever. In 2002, I returned to Abq from Europe--where my impending marriage had just crumbled--and I needed to line up some work so I could save up enough money to move to Colorado and start an internship with High Country News. (I had left my previous career prior to leaving for Europe and didn't want to return to archaeology; I needed a transition job between archaeology and journalism and cocktail waitressing was perfect.)

A girlfriend of mine was a bartender there, and she introduced me to the owners. And here's the thing: I loved working there. I worked Thursday, Friday and Saturday night--went in around nine and stayed until closing. I made enough cash to survive and spent the rest of the week camping and goofing around outside. I loved the other women I worked with at the bar and my customers--mostly regulars--were really down-to-earth nice people who had crazy stories to tell about their lives. Also, it was far enough from UNM that we didn't get cheap college students, so I made great tips--and every once in a while, a cute guy would actually come in and there would be someone to flirt with at work. (It wasn't all perfect: one night a biker gang came in and the guys acted like total a-holes and didn't leave any tips behind; another time, I had a guy go into a diabetic coma at my table.)

Anyway, just had to share...I haven't been to BO'B's since I worked there, and I'd actually wondered how the place had fared after the smoking ban. I'll raise a beer to the place tonight at dinner.

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Comment by Steve Whitman on September 30, 2008 at 6:19pm
BoB's used to be a really good neighborhood kinda dive and was home to a lot of good music in its time. Dem Bones, Sultans, Memphis P-Tails and many others. 2002 was a good time there. In its later years it became just a skanky dive with lots of "deferred maintenance". The men's bathroom door was off its hinges leaning against the wall for a couple of years, etc... When I heard it was burning Wed night my first thought was "thats one way to clear a property..." No factual basis for that, of course, but many closed down New Mexico bars seem to burn eventually....
Comment by Laura on September 30, 2008 at 6:37pm
Gosh, I'd even forgotten about the music! I looooved when the Sultans played on nights I worked. And wasn't BO'B a fondue restaurant at some point in the past? I think I remember hearing that -- and that there was a fire there then, too.
Comment by Phil_0 on October 1, 2008 at 12:30am
It's been closed for at least a year and a half.
Comment by cathyray on October 1, 2008 at 8:11am
Steve Whitman is right. I spent a lot of time there listening to the greatest music on earth. I have a lot of good memories of the place. One time we did a Stevie Ray Vaughn benefit there. It was kinda sad to see it go downhill.
I believe the fire Steve refers to is called "New Mexico lightening".
Comment by Keith on October 1, 2008 at 8:34am
BOB's also made a top-notch green chile cheesburger -- one of many places in town where you could unexpectedly find a great one.
Comment by Shifty on October 2, 2008 at 1:03pm
I meant to e-mail you when I saw the story in the paper! It had been closed for quite a while before it burned down.


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