Getting into a bar is already a weird process. Maybe there’s a secret entrance. Maybe there’s an outrageous cover charge. Maybe there’s an ornery bouncer nicknamed “No Tickle Willy” (who actually requires you to tickle him). And the weirdness doesn’t stop with entrance rituals. In some bars, it’s really only once you’ve gotten in that […]
Brian Nelligan was just a normal guy living in Austin, Texas, with a standard home bar until he and his wife decided to move. All of a sudden, they found themselves in a new home with a room they were unsure of what to do with. As Brian told VinePair, “My wife and I had just bought […]
A talented Playboy staff writer once defined a dive bar as a “church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows—bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. It’s a place that wears its history proudly.” A truer description of the Lower East Side watering hole Sophie’s could not have […]
I’m going to quote the obnoxious, albeit catchy Sammy Adams song All Night Longer: Tell that bartender Make that motherf*@!er stronger I wanna go all night longer A couple rounds going down like waaaaa-ter I wanna go all night longer! Most of us aren’t sensitive to profanity, so why is this lyric so irritating?
On a first date, there are about a million different decisions you face. Obviously, first and foremost is where to go. I personally have always felt that for a first date, it’s best to stick with drinks instead of dinner. Why? Because when you’re out to dinner, you have to own up to dietary restrictions, and, […]
Have you ever been at a bar and noticed your bartender twisting a piece of citrus rind before they drop it into your drink? It’s called “expressing” the peel, and it’s not just for show. Citrus is a powerful flavor and aroma agent, and an important player in several cocktails, from classics like the Old […]
There’s no denying it: drinking and beaching were made for each other. Luckily, America is a country that’s large enough to include a few coasts and beaches a’plenty. With the days heating up by the hour, sipping something cool and alcoholic is ideal. Think all the beachside dives are in California? Think again. We searched the […]
Oh, the sweet, frosted beer mug. Iconic image to bar flies and beer lovers everywhere. Mouthwatering. Coquettish. A bit of beverage pornography in a world of too many opaque cans and chaste beer labels. But bad news, frost fans. Turns out that sexy, icy beer mug is actually ruining your $8 craft beer, and should […]
Last Sunday was Father’s Day. From what I understand, most families spend the day celebrating their dads with sports, beer, and BBQ cookouts. At my house, however, the holiday is a little different. Every year on the third Sunday in June, the Blooms spend the day cleaning out the garage.