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Bars, Pubs, Cafes and Clubs

Dreams of human watering holes--bars, pubs, clubs, cafes, dance halls, shabeens, saloons, speakeasies, warehouse performance spaces, whatever. I'm pretty shy, so this one's short and I have little to say about the meaning of such dreams. For me there are two recurring themes: excitement at being among people and hope that I'll meet my soulmate, and worries that I'll get sick from it (severe allergies make bars a minefield for me). But your meanings are likely to be very different.

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ALERTNESS GYM: by Wayan; 1994/4/19, a strange dream date.
I go on a date who seems bored till she takes me to the Alertness Gym...
ASLAN'S SWOOP: by Wayan; 1985/1/19, a dream of the wrath of a right-wing god
I'm in a cafe in Narnia when the lion-god Aslan attacks a giraffe for the mortal sin of
dating a zebra. And why not? Oral Roberts University just banned interracial dating...
THE BALLADEER BUSKS: by Wayan; 2020/11/4, a musical political frustration dream.
I'm in a cafe listening to a world-famous musician. He wanders the tables
begging for spare change as businessmen talk over his signature song...
BAR BET: by Wayan; 1982/4/30, a dream-quest on not settling for less.
On a bar bet, we seek God. We reach the Isles of the Blessed, but they're complacent. We want the wild
God, the real God, the Bad Taste God. Onward, pagan questers! Because we want to win our bet.
THE BAR PET: by Wayan; 1994/12/4, a disorienting dreamlet.
I meet a sex-kitten in the Underground Cartoonists' Bar, but her body language makes no sense to me...
BEAN BAR: by Wayan; 1985/12/28, a culinary fable.
I don't know beans about right action, so Kokoro, master chef
of the Bean Bar, teaches me the stages of true mastery...
BLACK DUCKS QUACKED FIRST: by Wayan; 1990/9/13, a dream-farce on Shadows of Greats Past.
My sister & I try to sing an original, but every note summons old jazz greats, leaving us
no musical elbow room! So I quack like a duck. Nope! Giant ducks appear, and say...
BLIND TO THE CUES: by Wayan; 1996/10/2, a dream of blinders.
A sexy pool-playing friend in a short skirt leans over an
invisible, virtual-reality pooltable, but I'm blind to...
BONK VERONICA: by Wayan; 1997/4/1, 9-page dream-comic on body image
The world's first all-bulemic band, Veronica and the Vomits, provokes a riot at our local punk club. So I go to
Anorexic Bootcamp where models learn self-defense under fire, as calories and fat jokes whiz by...
THE CONCHES: by Wayan; 1996/5/23, a dream on how dreams view the waking mind.
A visit to the Conches, a strange race of molluscs who are people only seasonally...
THE CONDEMNATION: by Georges Perec; Feb. 1972, a dream of cults, persecution, and timeslip. Dream #105
I'm on vacation, but cultists lick my feet--then turn on me, casting stones. But they miss.
So I wander the steppe for centuries, until I come to the City of Texas...
DARUMA DOLLS: by Wayan; late 1994. Nondream digital sketch.
One of Aline Kominsky's comix has her in a bar and a guy asks "Que pasa, muņeca?" and...
DINOSAUR BARD: by Wayan, 2005/2/7, a dream-poem advising song
Dinosaurs and tigers fill my music club. Not that it takes many to fill it. So spiky!
A dino bard croons. A tigress leaps onstage & snuggles up! Music hath charms...
GALLEY SLAVE: by Wayan; 2008/11/27, a punning career-advice dream; Dreamverse #47
Shipwrecked and claimed as salvage on Crete, Ed the writer became
a dishwashing slave! In contrast, Marie the musician...
A GLUM BAR: by Wayan; 2000/4/12, the quietest of nightmares.
My house is a bar that never closes. You know what a gay bar is. Well, we're the opposite: a....
GOD SELLS CIGARETTES: by Jim Shaw; c.1994, a sad dream vignette
I dreamed God was naked, selling cigarettes in a nightclub...
GREEN DAY DREAM: by Cristy C. Road; early 1995. A recurring dream.
Green Day singer Billie Joe hocked a lugie on me in concert. I felt blessed...
HAUNTED BUT HAPPY: by Wayan; 1990/10/13, a labyrinthine dream.
Some Christian oneirologists barge into the Haunted Firehouse. But I pose for nude unicorn photos, and...
HELL CAFE: by Wayan; 2009/10/21, a dream poem w/sketch; Dreamverse #62
A Buddhist scroll shows me Hell Cafe, where diners become entrees. But I read the scroll
backwards! You can escape Hell just by walking out, against the traffic flow...
HIS MINE: by Wayan; 1985/12/2, a wild dream epic.
I'm a hobbit seeking Henry Fonda's haunted gold mine. And find it. Or is that chocolate?
But I get caught in a shamanic showdown in a bar where they serve real spirits...

INDIANS OCCUPY DANCE CLUB: by Wayan; 2012/8/31; a dream of biased art I try to correct
An ink sketch in a magazine shows a new Ghost Dance invading city clubs.
But the (biased?) artist uglifies the Indians, horses and giraffes dancing...
INVOKE THE ANIMAL POWERS (or was it PROVOKE?): by Wayan; 2008/9/9, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #24
A children's recital of "Where the Wild Things Are" turns into a riot-orgy. And it feels... political?
JANE IN VAIN: by Wayan; 1997/3/6, a dream that's not about class.
A prisoner's allowed to see his middle-class lover only in a seedy bar by the jail. But she likes the place...
JULIE'S DATING AD: by Wayan; 1999/10/24, a singles dream.
Why'd Julie write a singles ad with insane, sky-high demands, when she just wants a nice relaxed guy?
KISS THE GLASS: by Wayan; 1979/9/23, a dream on priorities.
My parents' house is now a sex club. I walk in, and meet my soulmate! But in awkward circumstances...
LION IN A LEISURE SUIT: by Wayan; 1974, nondream doodle that shouldn't be here.
It's the 1970s. What's a lion to do? Get fern-bar camouflage: a suit and an I'm-a-bohemian moustache...
MISFITS ON MARS: by Wayan; 1986/11/20, an epic dream; the climax of the dreamseries UNICORN TAG.
From the punk clubs of Frisco to the Safeways of Si Valley to the vermilion sands of Mars,
Silky the were-nightmare fights for the Misfits against every cliche in science fiction...
MY TREE: by Wayan; 170K, 12/12/2007, 2-page comic of a persistent delusion.
I keep feeling I'm a reincarnated rainforest creature just passing for human. When all I want is...
NOCTURNE: dreamed 2011 & 2013/11/19 by S---; nested, incubated advisory dreams
After asking "Am I ready to say yes to someone new?" I dreamed I met my old love...
OPEN MIC: by Wayan; 1992/8/18; my first public dream-reading
An open microphone in a San Francisco cafe. Others tell stories, sing songs, chant poems. But I
want to tell a shamanic dream! To an audience sure that dreams are dull, incoherent, meaningless...
OSENTO: by Wayan; 1991/2/15. Digital painting based on a dream.
Osento is a bath house that my friends all love. But women only. So I dream I change sex just to...
OWL TAVERN: by Dan O'Neill; before 1994/11/2, a dream-comic
I stumble into a bar where the TV stars from my childhood are
drunkenly arguing metaphysics--Howdy Doody, Beany & Cecil, Flipper...
PIANIST: by Wayan; 1985, a nondream ink caprice.
Love that hair, girl. A very seventies bar-monster...
PINBALL SHOWDOWN: by Wayan; 1995/3/18, a flirty game-playing dream.
I suspect the pinball champion of Jupiter is cheating. I try to scare her psychic confederate out of hiding...
REJECTED! SO?: by Wayan; 2004/11/12, a dream of political AND personal advice
A middle-class girl rejects me, and a newsman declares my politics irrelevant. "Liberal media" my ass...
ROLE MODELS FOR SPROUTS: by Wayan; 2018/2/16, a ridiculous dream poem.
In a bar I meet a guy who claims the Army hired him to try
to inspire crops to grow taller by marching tall soldiers past...
THE SERMON OF CARMEN DOG: by Wayan; 1990/9/10, the ultimate public-speaking nightmare.
Animal poets at an open mic. My turn! And I find... I'm one. A creature without grammar...
SILKY AT THE MIKE: by Wayan; 1998? Sketch of recurring dream
Ours is a mixed-race family, and my sister takes after the horse side. No hands, but can she sing!...
SPECKLED EGGS: by Starvibes; 2008/6/16, a dream of intrigue.
I dreamed of speckled eggs, Caribbean drug traffickers and of
almost drowning near a sinking boat...
TUCCOTINE: by William Archer; 1917/1/14, a tasteful dream.
The innkeeper insisted I try a strange-looking liqueur, a house specialty called "Tuccotine"...
TWO CENTURIES OF PROGRESS: by Edwin Muir; 1938-9, two dreams and an extraordinary mini-essay
Yesterday, Hitler marched into town. I was born before the Industrial Revolution, and am now about 200 years old...
A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I wander a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who love unicorns but
fear cyborgs, who love ants but fear unicorns! And while the Three Tribes squabble, cave-monsters
sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four aspects of my tetrahedral soul...

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