While sitting, stationary, in freeway traffic a few weeks ago after a particularly trying day, I decided that I needed to get off the freeway and out of the heat, so I pulled up Yelp to see what was around. Familiar with a few of the larger chain places nearby, I wanted something smaller, quieter, where I could just sit, cool down, and unwind a bit before I got home.
Yelp showed that there was this little bar three minutes away just off the freeway, and even though I was could see the complex it was in, I just couldn’t place their location. After finding a parking spot in what could be argued one of the worst parking lots in Phoenix, I wandered into The Whining Pig. To say the place was small would be an understatement. With the u-shaped bar in the middle and chalkboard paint on the walls, it was exactly what I was looking for. There are no taps; everything they serve is in bottles (wine too). With the extensive beer menu on the opposite wall I sat down, ordered something cold and started doodling in my sketchbook.
One of the owners was tending bar that day, and asked if I could send it to him. This little guy might be my first sketch that’s made it up on a a wall other than my own!