Beer

#22 A Bar Named Sue

Marv says:

Entering this basement bar you are rewarded with an expansive bar staffed by sufficient bartenders to keep the packed bar served. A great selection of bourbons and ryes is present and a respectable offering of beer. A rather horible cover band was polluting the place with their atonal noise. On other visits this place seems chill and relaxed with a side bar area for pool and darts. The weekend crowd is densely packed into the house. I enjoyed my Knob creek and coke and Solstice, the Wild Turkey with redbull was a failed experiment. Blanton’s with a cutthroat chaser finished out the evening’s libations.

Rawb says:

Finally a very crowded bar with a sizable and talented enough set of bartenders to keep the drinks coming. This bar is large, it extends in both directions from the entrance, with a local-band sized stage and dance area to the right, a game room with the usual pool tables and darts (along with it’s own lightly stocked bar) to the left, and located in the middle you will find a bar that just keeps on going and a good amount of seating. The crowd here seems to tend towards the younger collage age crowd. I would say there was a handful of hipsters, but definitely not the norm, just a good old collection of low-20 somethings. Who should go here? Anyone looking to hang out with a young crowd with a more than a hint of a meat market.

Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha, The Designated Viking

#19 Tap Room

Marv Says:

The Tap Room used to inhabit the quite tiny location now known as The Bar. They moved a couple of blocks down the street and into the basement of an office of some sort. The bartender Emily is one I’ve been buying drinks from for many years going back to Liquid Joe’s. A friendly atmosphere, a funny bouncer and good selections mark this as quite a win in the local scene. We met there a lady who actually was at Junior’s on our last outing. Hopfully we will see more people at multiple locations as we go through our list. I enjoyed a Boobie Flasher (it’s a drink, I promise), Lime Ricky (my own invention (grape vodka, lime juice and sprite)), a Black Velvet (a black and tan made with Cider and Guiness) and a Booker’s and Coke.

Rawb Says:

A basement bar only indicated by a little neon sign out front some people may have passed it by or dismissed it; That would have been a mistake because this bar was great. While there was only one bartender for the place, it’s small enough and she was lightning fast on her feet, ordering drinks, including the “special of the house”, was quick and easy. The large majority here seems to be regulars and opposite of some of the other regular-heavy bar and they seemed to be intent on winning us over to their bar. A free-play jukebox is here, so expect to hear a large collection of random music depending exactly on who is there and how drunk they are when they are at the controls. A fantastic moment broke out in a whole-bar karaoke rendition of some classic Bon Jovi. If you’re looking to go someplace and be left alone, this ain’t it. If you are social when you are drinking and want to feel like the whole bar is in your corner, this is the place.

Attending: Marv, Rawb, Sascha, Ellen, Paul and Lindsay.

#7 Twilight Lounge

Marv Says:

A dive bar with a free juke box, minimal selection of booze but a good staff and 70’s era decorations.  It’s been “found” by the hipster crowd so get there early to avoid the trustafarians invading to drink PBR ironically while they admire their bad haircuts.  I ran into an old friend Richard there, and had a blast (and some shots) with him.  Tequila and Redbull, Maker’s Mark were on the block that night.

Rawb Says:

When I think of a “bar” in the classic sense, this is exactly the thing that comes to mind. Small, poorly lit, extensive amounts of heavily oiled dark wood and a general feel of someplace to go to drink away your sorrows; In my mind this place even has shag carpeting but I do believe reality doesn’t agree with me on this one. As Marv said, this place has been discovered by hipsters going in for the ironic touch that this bar, in it’s un-updated since the day it was born decor, gives one that drinks a steady diet of PBR because it’s the in thing. We made it there early before there was more than one or two fixies sitting out front so we got a good feeling for the old crowd that used to populate this place and they are a bunch of older, but very friendly folk. Conversations at the bar weren’t just joined in by anyone else at or near the bar, it was almost expected. The bartender seemed a little off-put by the crowd, probably hoping that the late-coming hipsters were better tippers, but drinks were served quickly so no points deducted there. Overall, this bar is a good one if you go early and want to hit a good, classic, what-your-dad-drank-at-if-your-dad-drank-at-bars bar.

Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha

#1 – Squatters

Marv Says:

A great local microbrewery that has some of the more exciting local brews.  I enjoyed my Emmigration Ale that was cask conditioned.  The bartender was a great guy and kept us well served.  A fellow patron bled at us as he was the recent recipient of a new tattoo.   Good times.

Rawb Says:

Typically someplace I would go for dinner so it’s not the regular bar food. While I went against the grain and got a vodka and redbull, I very much made the wrong decision considering that this place is a brewery and typically has at least one cask conditioned ale on tap. (More to be added later)

Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha