was engaged in 1897 as the restaurant reviewer of the Pall Mall Gazette
, and his reviews of London restaurants are collected in Dinners and Diners: Where and How to Dine in London
, available online from The Dictionary of Victorian London
. Newnham-Davis was a bon vivant, amateur of the theatrical world, and man of parts, and his reviews were equal parts reminiscence of the conversation with his pseudonymous companions and recollections and reviews of his opulent and lengthy Victorian dinners. [more inside]
Burt Likko is a lawyer who used to handle litigation arising from bar fights. He's learned a bit about how and why they happen.
Writing for the Globe & Mail's "Wine & Spirits" section, Beppi Crosariol interviews some bartenders and suggests that there are some drinks you should never order in a bar
. [more inside]
We call hot wings 'sassy' here,” he explains. “'Cause, you know, we're gay.”
Gay sports bars are no longer an oxymoron. But are they part of the death of gay culture?
"When we started Windy City, it was a means to an end, because there wasn't a distributor in Chicago that wanted to touch craft beer," Mr. Ebel says. "We went around to bars and they said, 'Great beer. How many free cases can you give me?' We just had to walk out of those accounts, set a price, and stick to it. And nobody asks us that anymore."
Pay-to-play contreversy in the Chicago beer scene
, with appearances from a who's who of Midwest beermeisters: Tracy Hurst of Metropolitan Brewing Co.
, Deb Carey of New Glarus Brewing Co.
, the Ebel Brothers of Two Brothers Brewing Co.
, and Josh Hall of Goose Island Brewing Company
"Bartender, Make It a Stiletto."
Meet Georgio, the human carpet.
Eddie Doyle, 69, has been laid off from his job in Boston.
Who is Eddie Doyle? Nobody special, just a bartender at a bar in Boston (that used to be) called The Bull & Finch
. If that doesn't sound familiar, you might have seen the outside of it in the credits of a little television show
in the 80s. The show brought thousands to the bar each day but the current recession has taken its toll and the owner, who has been friends with Eddie for 40 years, had to make some tough choices. [more inside]
The vault at Pfaffs
where the drinkers and laughers
meet to eat and drink and carouse
While on the walk
pass the myriad feet of Broadway
As the dead in their graves
And the living pass over them
, recking not of them,
Laugh on laughers!
Drink on drinkers!
Want to find a bar in New York near you? Try New York on Tap's Google mashup map
. Most entries have pithy homegrown reviews attached, and all entries have links to reviews from other websites.
I first saw Russian Barre
at Cirque du Soleil's Alegria show
. I find it an exciting display
but the ending of this video
is absolutely amazing to me.
First it was hostess bars
, then host bars
, then maid/anime cafes
, and now this
. Where will the madness
end? [more inside]
The Sunland Big Baobab
tree is large enough to contain a tree bar
and wine cellar.
Noma Bar depicts famous faces
of what they are known
for as facial features
. More samples here
(scroll down), and on the publisher's site
. [more inside]
Bar Code Revolution!
With more than just lines and rectangles, Japanese company Design Barcode
works around the basic elements
of a barcode and infuses real, functional barcodes with creative designs and silhouettes. See barcodes as tomatoes
, train tracks
, and yes, even combovers
Someone puts a video camera on a Japanese sushi bar conveyor belt
. You can tell it's in Japan because it doesn't get stolen as it travels around the bar. Via b3ta.
has an interesting new ad campaign out that uses something a lot of designers tend to forget about when putting together a poster: the paper it's printed on
The view (with humour) from two people who serve you drinks. One a cocktail waitress in Vegas
, the other a bartender in Cincinnati
Korat bar girls
. R and R from the Indochina war.
Why you yellow rat bastard...When I get ahold of you, I’ll put two zigs on both cheeks. You’ll remember me for the rest of your.... I know you! Don't worry!
Louis 'Red' Deutsch spouted perhaps the filthiest, yet most eloquent cursing you may ever hear. I got an underground tape of the prank phone calls
from a buddy of mine back in high school. Certainly it's influenced everyone from Matt Groening
to the Jerky Boys.
The prank calls to Red have even had a (lousy) movie feature
(with perhaps the best casting I've ever seen).
More than 25 years later I still laugh my head off at even the cadence of Red's profanity.
On Saturday, the legendary National Liquor Bar in Milwaukee will close....
And they want to tear it down so we get another Walgreens? What do we need another Walgreens for?"
This spoken on a recent afternoon over a $1.75 can of Beck's by Ken Labonty, who works at a tire shop on the north side. At 47, he said he has been coming to the tavern since 1976, "Except from September 1977 to 1983, when I was in prison," and the eight or so times he's been banished
NYC man pledges to visit 1000 bars in 2005.
That's an average of about three per day, and as of yesterday he was already up to 135. Pray for his liver.
The first Kindergarten for men
is now open in Germany. "Women in Hamburg who want to shop without dragging along grumbling male partners can leave them at the nation's first kindergarten for men. This adult daycare center has plenty of amenities to keep the big boys occupied....(women, uh, or guys) can drop off their partners at the "Männergarten," where for €10 ($11.64), the men get a meal, two beers and an afternoon of boy's games, cards, conversation and sports on TV." -how long before this catches on in malls across North America?
Camworld points to the [second page of] the Encyclopedia Brown piece (like everyone *else* who didn't actually *read* it; *Busted!* :-) and also to Comma Separated Values Considered Harmful
, a treatise that the vertical bar character ("|") is a better field separator in tabular text data files than the comma or even the tab.
Is that really news? It wasn't to *me*...