Drive down the right country road around the metro area and you can find anything. Just set Yelp to search outside the beltway occasionally to find colorful local spots like Junior’s Forgot Store Bar.

My sister recommended Junior’s Forgot Store. She’s a tight-fisted accountant who drinks more than I do, so her opinion is valid in matters where money and partying are concerned. I’m also pretty sure she doesn’t read these reviews, but I’ll find out now.

The drive is slightly circuitous, but scenic. Take the 30th Street exit north from I-680. Just north of the 680 bridge, go left on Ferry Street and right onto Calhoun. Go past Uta Halee, St. John’s and Ponca Elementary, and Junior’s is on the corner of Calhoun and Ponca Road. There are about 30 spots in the lot, with a special motorcycle section currently filled with snow. You can’t miss it.

The real attraction at Junior’s is owner Junior Mathiesen’s secret drink, The Watermelon. The intoxicating Kelly McDonnell introduced me to this intoxicating concoction. It looks and tastes like watermelon, but for $5, you will not mind that there is no watermelon in it. It comes with its own koozie fuel gauge so you know when to order another one. Keep your designated driver on speed dial, because Long Island has nothing on Junior’s Watermelon.

The Forgot Store has nigh on 100 years of history. It was originally a meat counter before it became a bar some 25 years ago. Mathiesen bought the Forgot Store Bar about a year ago. The cabinet maker and former owner of The Anchor Inn freshened up the place and made some changes to the largely hand-crafted menu. He also hand-crafted some fixtures, like the bar and the tap stand behind the bar. There’s seating for about 150 people, a patio with its own bar out back and a fireplace for when it’s not 5 degrees out.

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Most interestingly, this is where Chip Davis and Bill Fries penned the greatest ever ode to 1970s trucker solidarity, “Convoy.” If you are fortunate enough to not remember the ’70s, this song performed by C.W. McCall was a huge hit. Check out Episode 8 from Season 10 of “Hee Haw” on YouTube.

It was so popular it inspired a major motion picture directed by Sam Peckinpah featuring Kris Kristofferson and Ali MacGraw. It took in $45 million at the box office, which is like “Avengers” money in today’s terms. Cooler still is that after selling a million 45s, Davis gave his gold record to the Forgot Store, where it is proudly displayed to this day.

If you foolishly don’t drink a Watermelon, the taps include Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Busch Light, Samuel Adams Seasonal (Cold Snap for now) and Stella Artois. There are a slew of bottles and a full bar. The menu features a number of homemade, hand-patted, hand-breaded sandwiches. The steak sandwich is big on Wednesdays. Fried tacos are popular on Thursdays. Check the Facebook page for more specials. Hope to see you there.

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