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Sketchcrawl and Pubcrawl: The Albatross Pub

Albatross Pub Berkeley: the bar, ink & watercolor
Albatross Pub Berkeley: the bar (painted in near darkness), ink & watercolor

The past couple of weeks our Tuesday night sketch group has met at pubs to draw and sample the beer. First stop was the Albatross, Berkeley’s oldest pub. It’s a very friendly and comfortable place with several different rooms. I left the group sitting at a big table in the back and moved up front near the bar.

Albatross Pub, couple with hat, ink and watercolor
Albatross Pub, couple with hat, ink and watercolor

The Albatross stocks a variety of board and card games for its patrons. There were some men playing chess nearby and a couple on a date playing a card game while talking about their travels. I felt comfortable sitting by myself drawing and painting. Nobody bothered me. The only difficulty was seeing the colors I was painting.

Dart players, ink
Dart players, ink

Tuesday nights The Albatross hosts dart tournaments. These two guys didn’t actually overlap like this, they took turns approaching the line and throwing their dart. Each player has his own style of aiming and throwing, and they repeat it exactly the same each time. I drew them in stages capturing a little more with each throw. The short guy on the left leaned way forward, held the dart by his forehead, then tossed it with his left foot  coming off the ground. His much taller partner stood upright and very still, and just tossed the dart without moving his body.