The Bartender at Flamingo Lounge

Written by Kareny Zhong

Earned an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition


The Narrator (30s) is a bartender at a nightclub called Flamingo Lounge. For some reason, no one is able to remember who he is the day after meeting him. It doesn’t matter how much time they have spent together the day before. He is gloomy, quiet, and insignificant. 

Jace (20s) is a regular guest of the nightclub. He is the center of the conversation. Plump, fashionable, and talkative. 

Laura (30) is the owner of Flamingo Lounge and Jace’s older sister.  She knew the Narrator before his condition began. She cares little about him.


2008. Flamingo Lounge nightclub, a place for lost souls, many of whom were affected by the recent economic crisis. It has a bar and a dance floor. Most scenes occur during the crowded nights. Loud music, people, different colored lighting, but at times, there are scenes during the day when THE NARRATOR tends to the club with few people present. 

On the stage there are several round wooden tables and chairs. Some couples sit and chat. At the bar stands THE NARRATOR, low-spirited, minding his own business. There is a door opposite to the bar. A crowd dances under the colorful disco lights. Men wear nice jackets, shirts, and shiny boots. Women wear crop tops and high-waist jeans. There is upbeat dance music. Behind everything, a pink flamingo sign glows dimly.

JACE enters, drunk. He squeezes through the people and the conversations that flood HIM and walks to the bar. THE NARRATOR notices and starts to pour a drink. JACE watches.

Published by haringeyunchained

Haringey Unchained is a collective of students aiming to show case the creative talent of Haringey Sixth Form College in Tottenham, London. We think that through the promotion of our creative thoughts, we can educate our community, bringing to the foreground the critical and creative consciousness of a vibrant school in a deprived part of London. We are endeavouring to provide this blog as a platform for our community, giving the space to those whose work otherwise might not be seen or read. Being that the cuffs are off, we are able to express through our photography, art, short fiction and poetry, what’s really on our minds. We are free.

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