Bootlegger’s Saloon

(Salina, KS)

Scooter’s 263rd bar, first visited in 2007.

Bootlegger's Saloon, Salina

We both had Bud Light. $1.25 for a 10oz. draw.

B got carded, as he often does due to his youthful appearance. A nearby patron in his 50s estimated B’s age as young 20s. At 36 years of age he was pleased with that assessment.

Bootlegger's Saloon, Salina

We noticed jugs of corn squeezins behind the bar and asked the bartender about them. She told us that the guy who mis-estimated B’s age was drinking some.

“By the way, be careful tonight,” she said. “Salina is the DUI capital of the world. And I don’t mean per capita either, I mean literally more arrests than anywhere else, period.”

“Why is that?” we asked.

“Well,” she said, “some years back the police chief lost a child to a drunk driver so he made it a personal campaign. It was so successful that now it’s something the city takes pride in so please do watch yourselves tonight.”

As we were leaving, that same customer that had earlier questioned B’s age grabbed B by the arm and yanked him over, demanding to see his ID. He studied it carefully by the glow of his lighter before letting him go.

“I was getting close to decking that guy,” B told me later.

616 N Broadway Blvd
Salina, KS 67401
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