I am no barfly, but the contours of my social life have come inside dozens of Hoosier restaurants and taverns and social clubs.

Whether it was midnight at Santino’s after putting the Elkhart Truth to bed with the presses roaring in the background, a breezy summer day on the top deck of Matey’s in Michigan City, catching a couple sets of jazz at the Chatterbox in downtown Indy, or watching a Thursday night NFL game with Coach and crew at Big Woods in Nashville, these watering holes served up beer and comfort food for me, my colleagues, friends and family over the years.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Facebook and Twitter @hwypol.

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