Monday, June 30, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

There's a fine line between having a nice buzz and being completely smashed. One minute you're perfectly content watching a drag show, the next minute you're up on a platform dancing with strangers. So now it's Monday and I have a sprained ankle. You can guess how that night went ...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
I need a drink
And so do you!


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

When's the last time you corn-holed?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Waterfront Wednesday is tonight, sons! I'll be bartending as usual. 1) It better not rain. And 2) You drinkswillers better tip me!

As always: It's free. Here's the lineup: Sonny Landreth, The Elders, Katie Herzig

Starts at 5pm and takes place at the Harbor Lawn, which is on the right side of Waterfront Park, opposite of Joe's Crabs.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Despite my penchant for unhealthy habits, my teeth are in great shape, so says my dentist. Unfortunately I had to endure the 10-minute torture session of flossing and scraping and polishing ... and they didn't even let me pick the flavor!

If hell involves being strapped in a dentist chair while getting poked and prodded with drills and sharp tools, let me repent now!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Mondays are never pleasant. Even when the sun is shining bright and the temperature is a perfect 70 degrees, the landslide of a new work week will bring you down.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

OK, so I didn't see you at The Fervor show on Wednesday. To tell you the truth, I didn't even make it to watch them play. I mean, I made it to the Pink Door and saw the opening band. But I had to bail before they took the stage. Gotta get some sleep in sometime! Anyway, they're playing again tonight at the Bats game, around 5:30. I'm definitely going to make this one. I swear. And the promise of $2 Rolling Rocks has nothing to do with it.

So join me at the game. And then we can catch the Pride parade roll by afterwards at 8. Now who's going to make sure it stops raining?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

It's my mom's birthday today! Happy Birthday!

(This isn't a "yo mama" joke, I swear. Or I woulda said it's your mom's birthday, duh.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

The Fervor plays tonight at The Pink Door. The Orange Opera opens. It's free and starts at 10 p.m. Ask yourself this: Do you really need eight hours of sleep? Can't you stay up late just once this week? Sure you can!

Bar Belle from 6/18/08 LEO Weekly


Vegas vacation
Vegas is my kind of city — with free drinks and 24-hour buffets, you can’t really go wrong, unless you actually go to gamble. I’m one of those people who screw the system, but I’m OK with it. I can sleep at night. I’ll stick $10 in a machine just as the waitress is passing, get my free cocktail and then cash out. I just got back from Vegas last week and am unhappy to report that the casinos are cutting down on free cocktails, it seems. They’ve got fewer waitresses (at least in the nickel-slot areas), some no longer offer top-shelf liquors and some, like the Wynn, don’t offer free cocktails at all.

I still had a fun time, though. Met Elvis, saw Barbra Streisand dealing black jack and ate at the Pink Taco. Really. And when I accidentally set my top-shelf margarita (free Patron tastes even better!) on the video poker “Max Bet” button while sitting at the bar, I actually won $36. So maybe this gambling thing isn’t bad after all.

Sunny and soused!
As the temperature rises, so does my thirst for margaritas. I’d argue it’s one of the best summer drinks, second only to the mojito. Just as a Bloody Mary keeps you warm and fed in the wintertime, a margarita keeps you chilled and stripped of clothing in the summer. There’s a certain risk we all take in ingesting the salty cactus sap that is tequila, and that makes it all the more fun. I recently stumbled (literally) across two upstanding Louisville restaurants that offer great margarita specials, and by great, I mean you can taste tequila. El Mundo (2345 Frankfort Ave., 899-9930) in Clifton offers strong-ass $3 margs on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Seviche (1538 Bardstown Road, 473-8560) has them for $2 on Sundays. They’re best served on the rocks, with salt and lime. And don’t even ask for flavors, that’s not how we roll. Olé!

Tell me about more drink specials at or

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

I'd rather be one toke over the line than six feet under it.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

My 20-year-old intern Jane says that everyone should drink for her. She works 50 hours a week and can't even enjoy a happy hour.

I remember being 20. I would chase a bottle of Strawberry Hill Boone's Farm with a Zima. And I still thought I was cool. Live and learn.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Gotta love stories with happy endings.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bar Belle from 6/4/08 LEO


Redneck Bourbon Tour
So last week, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau came up with the Urban Bourbon Trail — a pub crawl of sorts that encourages thirsty bourbon seekers to journey to eight posh establishments around Louisville, most located downtown. The list includes places like Maker’s Mark Bourbon House, Proof on Main and The Brown Hotel Bar. (You can pick up an official “passport” at Bourbon Barrel Foods inside the Butchertown Market, 1201 Story Ave. See

It’s a fun idea and all, but damn, those places are kinda expensive. I like going to bars where a glass of bourbon is cheaper than a gallon of gas. So I’ll make my own redneck version of the Bourbon Trail — shall we start at the Back Door? Then over to Barret Bar? Next let’s go to Old Hickory. Might as well swing by The Pour Haus while we’re in Germantown. Then let’s go out to the Golden Nugget in Hikes Point and hit Creekers, too, while we’re out there. Wanna then journey to D.T.’s on Dixie, and then we can swing by Southern Indiana to Rick’s Double T’s and say hi to Donna D.? OK, there you have it. So who’s driving?

Fest of Ale
(Note: This event is over ... I was a little late in posting this. Sorry.)
Beer snobs have an excuse to gather around their favorite pint this weekend and grumble about politics, world corruption and how much they hate mass-produced, piss-yellow swill (yes, I’m talking about you, Mr. Mug Shots!). They not only have an excuse but a place to flock — Keg Liquors’ 3rd Annual Fest of Ale (Saturday, June 7, 3-7 p.m., $25 advance, $30 door).

Fourteen microbrews will be available for (multiple) samplings, and there’ll be music, food and even a silent auction, although after a round or two, we doubt much will be silent. Keg Liquors is at 617 E. Lewis & Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville, so bribe a DD to tag along. Call (812) 283-3988 for details.

Today's Reason To Drink

Watch out for those margaritas at El Mundo ... they'll sneak up on you and steal your socks.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

My friend and drinking buddy Megan is leaving for Africa tomorrow for the summer ... or at least most of it. Three cheers to her for seeking adventure and choosing to live life outside her comfort zone. To me, that's going to Phoenix Hill Tavern. To her, that's continent-hopping to better the world. And that, my friends, is balls-deep. Good luck, girl!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

On the bright side of this gas crisis: If the price of gas continues to climb, I believe the rates of drunk driving will decrease. Who can afford to drive AND drink? I'd rather walk it or TARC it, which will mean a few more beverages for me. Leave the cars behind and hike it to your nearest watering hole! This is Louisville, there's got to be at least one nearby. I'll drink to that.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Back from vacation. Swamped and jet-lagged. Figures.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Saw David Bowie's son last night ... he's in a cover band. If loving it was wrong, I don't want to be right.

Tonight's agenda: The Pink Taco

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Look who I ran into in Vegas!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Well, made it to Vegas in one piece ... almost missed my flight in Denver because the bar offered me two-for-one shots. Let the gaming begin ...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

Holy Swamp Donkey — did anyone else get drenched on their way to work? My pants are soaked, my shoes ruined and my hair curled. It's OK -- it's my last day before vacation. I can deal.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Today's Reason To Drink

The stress that comes with taking a vacation -- making sure everything is covered, planning ahead, packing, etc. -- sometimes isn't worth the few days away from the office. Do you agree?