Friday, September 28, 2007

Brother love

My younger brother is visiting this weekend from San Francisco. His favorite Louisville bar: The Back Door. I've taught him well. Too well, I think.

Today's Reason To Drink

I do believe it is Woodford Man's birthday this weekend. Let me count the ways in which to celebrate. NV Tavern Sweet Tea, anyone? Deal.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Grey's Anatomy starts tonight!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bar Belle from 9/26 LEO

The Bar Belle

Tight ends, tight specials

It certainly doesn’t feel like football season yet, but whatever. Area bars still offer great gameday specials while we wait for the weather to catch up with the season. Here’s my annual list of team-specific bars and their specials. As always, if you know of a place where a gaggle of, say, Dolphins fans gather, let me know about it and I’ll get the word out. There’s got to be a Lions’ bar around here, don’t ya think? Titans? What about a place for the shady Patriots?

Chicago Bears: Bluegrass Brewing Co. (3929 Shelbyville Road, 899-7070): 30-cent wings, 30-cent peel-’n’-eat shrimp, $14.99 for a pizza and pitcher of beer.

Chicago Bears: Big Dave’s Outpost (1801 Bardstown Road, 459-9142): $2.75 import drafts, $2 domestic bottles.

Cincinnati Bengals: Wick’s Pizza (973 Baxter Ave., 456-1559): $2.50 22-ounce Coors Light drafts, $2 domestic bottles, $4 for 10 wings.

Cincinnati Bengals: Brownie’s the Shed Grille & Bar (237 Whittington Pkwy., 326-9830): $12 buckets of six domestics, $1.99 margaritas, 45-cent wings.

Cleveland Browns: Benchwarmers (7325 St. Andrews Church Road, 368-1148): $1.50 domestic bottles.

Dallas Cowboys: Monkey Wrench (1025 Barret Ave., 582-2433): Various Sunday and Monday night drink specials.

Green Bay Packers: Dutch’s Tavern (3922 Shelbyville Road, 895-9004): Various Sunday and Monday night drink specials.

Indianapolis Colts: Joe’s Older Than Dirt (8131 Lagrange Road, 426-2074): $1.75 domestic bottles, 35-cent wings.

Indianapolis Colts: Tucker’s American Favorites (2441 State St., New Albany, 812-944-9999): Sundays: $1.50 domestic drafts, Mondays: $1.50 all drafts.

Minnesota Vikings: Gerstle’s Place (3801 Frankfort Ave., 899-3609): $2 domestic bottles and drafts, $2 well drinks, $1 off imports.

Pittsburgh Steelers: R Place Pub (9603 Whipps Mill Road, 425-8516): $4.25 domestic pitchers, $1.50 domestic bottles, 30-cent wings.

Pittsburgh Steelers: ZaZoo’s (102 Bauer Ave., 894-8030): Various Sunday and Monday night drink specials.

Washington Redskins: Wick’s Pizza (yes, on Baxter again): Same specials as the Bengals’ fans (above).

Drink it up —

The Last Three Days' Reason To Drink

Holy shit. Where has my mind gone? I've forgotten to post on this damn blog. I'm either extremely busy, or all my drinking is finally catching up in the form of dementia. You decide.

Today's reason to drink -- Waterfront Wednesday is tonight. Great lineup. Tim Krekel, Hoots & Hellmouth and the Kim Richey Band. Let's hope the rain is done by then. Come anyway! I'll be bartending, so stop by and say hey. Give me a special wink, and I just might give you a good pour. But you didn't read that here.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

What do they say? You should never talk religion or politics at a bar? That's pretty much a good idea, but I just thought I'd pass along the following info, should anyone be interested. To each their own, remember.


Host: Team Hillary Kentucky
When: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 5:30-7 PM

Where: Flanagan's Ale House Red Room, 934 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204

Description: This will be the first event of supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President and a gathering of those wondering who their candidate for President will be and wanting a bit of information about Hillary, those who attended earlier Team Hillary Kentucky Meetings, those who are just looking for a Good Time with other Democrats, and those of the Kentucky Democratic Candidates for election in November who wish to take advantage of this forum to address voters who want to hear from their Kentucky Candidates or their surrogates again and to offer their help to them. There will be a special message, and literature from many of the candidates.

Light hors d'oeuvres and Cash Bar. Contributions welcomed!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

The "Big Brother" finale is on tonight at 9. Daniele is a sure win.

Monday, September 17, 2007

LEO Readers Choice Party -- this Thursday!

You're all invited. Stop on by -- there just might be some free food and drink for your troubles.

Today's Reason to Drink

O.J. is finally behind bars.

Hey, I just said "bars." That's cool.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

I need the fall TV season to start soon so I can keep myself out of trouble in the evenings!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Cheers to Kathy Griffin. Funny shit.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

Don't think we need one today.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Today's Reason To Drink

insert reason here, bar belle is taking a break

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Even more notes from Liverpool ...

(photo is of Philharmonic Pub)

In the art college days, John Lennon frequented the Philharmonic Pub and Ye Cracke, two watering holes that were an easy walk from school.

My travel mates and I stopped in at both yesterday, and I tried something familiar and something new. At the Phil, I washed down my sausage and mash with a pint of Old Speckled Hen, which is readily available in the States in cans and bottles.

I may be wrong, but I do believe it is smoother and creamier on draught in England. Or maybe that’s just my taste buds playing tricks on me.

Stopping at Ye Cracke was a real treat as well. We sat in the nook where John, Stuart Sutcliffe and others often drank pints, got pissed and solved the world’s problems. There I had one of the 10 or 12 (it’s a blur now) cask ales on tap at Ye Cracke.

The one I chose was Wessex Gold, a lightly hopped and wonderfully bodied beer. This one was served near room temperature, which brought out all the flavor. And then some.

Today, my goal is to drink more stuff I have never had. And I’m please to report no American swill has crossed my lips.

Cheers again from Liverpool.

—Kevin Gibson

Today's Reason To Drink

Yes, that's right, I'm blogging on the weekend. The day has finally arrived. Bring on the 13 drinks! Hopefully my hangover will disappear after the first couple chugs. I was supposed to take it easy last night ... but ... you know how that goes. I'm going into battle with a wounded liver. May I live to see another beer.

Friday, September 7, 2007

4th Annual Gettin' Drunky in KY pub crawl

This is my final blog on my pub crawl. I'm gettin' sick of promoting it -- just want to go through with it already!

13 bars
15 minutes per drink
1 liver

Meet at Outlook Inn at 7pm

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions:


Today's Reason To Drink

One more day!

More notes from Liverpool ...

Legend has it that drinking beer in England means drinking it warm, or at least at room temperature. While that tends to be true of the darker beers such as stouts and ales, the lagers are served nearly as cold here as they are stateside.

In fact, it’s gone so far as being a marketing gimmick now. Everywhere you look in Liverpool pubs, there are beer pumps trumpeting things like “Carling Extra Cold” and “Kronenbourg Special Cold.”

My travel mate said, “They’ve finally figured out that people actually like cold drinks.”

Indeed, it’s strangely warm in Liverpool, so we’ve enjoyed a number of cold beers (and some dark and warm ones, as well) to help keep the steam off.

While in West Darby, visiting the Casbah Club, we had something called Carling Special, which is a creamy pour similar to Boddington’s or Caffrey’s, not the crisp fizzy lager that the normal Carling is. Quite pleasant.

Sadly, in one pub way out in West Darby, one of my travel mates was mistakenly given a Foster’s. Good sport that he is, he drank it, but what a sad fate.

Until next time, cheers from Liverpool. —Kevin Gibson

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Louisville Pub Crawl

Only 3 more days! Hope you're in training.

Here, again, are the details.

Show up at Outlook Inn at 7pm on Saturday.
T-shirts are $10, if you want one.
The Gettin' Drunky in KY pub crawl will begin at Outlook and wind its way to Bearno's Highlands — that's 13 bars.
You'll have 15 minutes per drink at each bar.
We'll have an official whistle-toting time-keeper.
That's about it.

Again, I'll be at the Back Door tonight w/ T-shirts if you want to buy them beforehand. Probably around 5-7pm.

Eat it.


Today's Reason To Drink

Fall is in the air. Watch your step.

Notes from Liverpool ...

Here's Kevin's first entry upon arriving in Liverpool. Sounds like he made it just fine and had no trouble finding beer or friends. —————————————————————————————————

The great thing about England is that every place is a pub. No, I don't mean there's a pub every place (although there is), I mean literally every place is a pub. When we got to the train station in Manchester, we saw a guy drinking a can of Grolsch beer. Naturally, we immediately followed suit with a couple of tall cans of Carling. You don't see this kind of thing in America, what with open container laws and such. Beer is just like soda over here, it seems.

Another thing you find more in England — or at least in Liverpool, England — is people buying pints for strangers. Our first night here we spent with a couple of local blokes who bought us round after round of Carlsberg lager. It's not only delicious, it's the official beer of the Liverpool football team.

But the most interesting pint of ale I had yesterday was Cain's Extra Bitter, which is brewed here in the 'Pool. It's a nicely hopped, smooth beer that isn't as bitter as the name suggests. Although my travel mates weren't too keen on it, I quite enjoyed my pint, which was hand-pulled the old-fashioned way.

Until next time, cheers from Liverpool!

—Kevin Gibson

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Pub Crawl

Here's a shot from the Gettin' Drunky In KY crawl two years ago. We had quite a crew.

Here are the details for this year's walk:

Meet at: Outlook Inn, 6:30-7pm
Cost: T-shirts are $10, but you don't have to buy one to join in. Just bring enough $$ to be able to buy a drink at each bar (13 bars).

I think that's about all there is to it. If you'd like a shirt beforehand, I have them here at my desk at LEO (640 S. Fourth Street) and I'll bring some out to the Back Door Thursday for happy hour (5-7pm).

Post a message for me if you have any questions.

Today's Reason To Drink

Tolerance, my friend, tolerance.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Coming soon ...

My friend Kevin Gibson is flying off to Liverpool this afternoon. He will be sending me daily reports throughout his trip, which I will post here. He plans to compare and contrast Louisville's bar scene with Liverpool's. Oh, and I'm sure there will be mass mentions of all things Beatles.

Countdown to Gettin' Drunky in KY pub crawl

The countdown stands at 5 days. Stay tuned for details.

Today's Reason To Drink

So, did you think I died? Just took some time off to move. I hate moving. It's not until you move that you realize how much crap you actually have. Especially if you're moving to a smaller place.