By Andy Tarnoff Publisher Published Feb 10, 2009 at 1:05 PM

"Bar Month" at is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and club articles -- including guides, unique features, drink recipes and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!  I've never worked at a bar, but based on empirical evidence, I'm guessing that Mondays are, generally speaking, slow nights in the tavern business.

Maybe it was the $1 cans of PBR and Tecate that brought in a good crowd to the Palomino last night. But I'm guessing it was mostly the free bingo.

I didn't know about this weekly event until my friend, Bill, recommended I drop by. Bill's a bartender at the Palomino, 2491 S. Superior St., and his duty on Monday was to spin the bingo ball container and call the numbers. The witty commentary, apparently, was added for free.

I was surprised just how many people filled the bar for a Monday night, and most were actively or passively playing bingo. Some patrons casually filled out their cards as they dined and drank. Other customers got totally into the action, hooting and hollering over the normal din of activity at the 'Mino.

Bill awarded prizes of beer, Pabst tube socks, gift cards and more during the evening's five rounds of action. The grand prize is a sweet Ford F-150 classic pick-up parked outside the bar, and the weekly winners automatically enter the raffle to take it home.

In my two hours of bingo action, I didn't win, but I came close. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've never won a single bingo game in my life, on any level. But the girl on the barstool next to me at the bar did win a pair of socks ... and that gives me hope.

I'm definitely coming back to win that sweet truck.

Andy is the president, publisher and founder of OnMilwaukee. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.