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After that excitement, going into the bar just seems anticlimactic. We head over instead to the Foundry for $4 pints. Located between McCoy's and the Riot Room, Westport's newest bar is a cool place with a big patio that juts into the parking lot on Westport Road. Tonight, just a handful of people are on the patio, and just a few lonely cars with fogging windows are in the lot.
Power & Light 1:54 a.m.
His eyes light up. "Do you have to ask?"
A Mexican restaurant by day, Tengo Sed turns into a brightly lit dance club and sports bar after dark that costs $5 to enter. Huge TV screens broadcast sporting events. Tonight, it's women's softball.
The stripper poles stretch up from the dining tables, which female customers stand on as they find a way to grind and twirl to anything the DJ plays — even Afroman's "Because I Got High."
Not wanting to dance on a table while wearing a dress, I stay on the ground. I finish a beer I've brought with me from Big Sky Bar — a benefit of partying in the P&L is the portable-drink factor.
After one more round of beers, it's closing time. We file out of Tengo Sed, joining the slow-moving mob of happy drunks invading the streets of downtown.
Westport 2:44 a.m.
By the time we get to Buzzard Beach, the lights are on, and the bar staff is about to start herding people out.
"Go inside, troublemaker," the door guy says to a guy who has toted a drink onto the deck.
"Got a light?" asks the customer.
"Not for your kind," the door guy replies.
We manage to hang out for a bit — enough to mingle with the mohawked and tattooed crowd. Then, the cattle drive starts and the contents of the bar spill into the alleyway and parking lot.
"You girls, you're killing it tonight," yells an inebriated guy to me and a friend.
From Buzzard, it's just a short walk to my car in the Panera lot. As I slowly drive through the south end of Westport, a motorcycle cop keeps watch over the crowds. About a couple of hundred people are walking around. Westport isn't as packed as it used to be, but the drunken partiers show that it's surviving.
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