The Post might have had 12-15 tables, and 10 stools at the bar. Although old, the tavern was in impeccable condition, and immaculately kept. Compared to the uptown Oxford bars, The Post was five-star. The bar top and the tables were lacquered with what seem to be ½” of polyurethane. The back bar displayed about 40 highly valued collector decanters obtained from Jim Beam and other whiskey purveyors. On the bar was a jar of hard-boiled eggs one could purchase for 25 cents. The eggs were consumed with the aid of Worcestershire sauce and salt. The floor, always spotless, was wood and sported a bullet hole rumored to have been the result of Red’s attempt to quell an unruly crowd. The walls contained historical Darrtown photos, and a variety of baseball memorabilia from Red’s best friend and Darrtown’s favorite son, Walter Alston, Hall of Fame Manager of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. One would also find several Sigma Nu composites and paddles that Red proudly displayed on his walls in gratitude for our patronage.
There was a juke box that featured an eclectic mix of pop, country, Sinatra and The Mills Brothers. “Glow Worm” was a popular Mills Brothers selection, while Linda Ronstadt’s version of “Livin’ in the U.S.A.” was on the regular playlist. The juke always played the traditional song below at closing time:
“Show Me the Way to Go Home”
I’m tired and I want to go to bed,
Oh I had a little drink about an hour ago,
And it went straight to my head….