Dive Bar Serendipity in Tucson at The Buffet Bar and Crock Pot

Dive Bar Serendipity in Tucson at The Buffet Bar and Crock Pot

St. Elmo’s Bar in Bisbee was a lucky score, and our luck continued in Tucson at The Buffet Bar and Crock Pot thanks to Kelly Lewis, a free copy of Zocolo Magazine, and the Oro Valley Library.  Here’s how it went down: We’d been going to the …

Bisbee, Arizona’s St. Elmo Bar: The Best Dive Bar in Arizona

Bisbee, Arizona’s St. Elmo Bar: The Best Dive Bar in Arizona

“Well, Cutler’s kinda a douche-bag,” I say to the guy next to me. “Yeah, that’s exactly it. I’ve watched him in Denver, I’ve watched him in Chicago, and that’s just it.” He’s got work boots on and an camouflage baseball hat. He nods in agreement. …

Shout Out to Gelato Vero!

Shout Out to Gelato Vero!

Thanks to our pals at Gelato Vero for sponsoring us a drink in Taos, NM at the Adobe Bar in the Historic Taos Inn!  Of course we went for the local produce: a glass of Gruet sparkling wine for me and a Santa Fe pale …

Ode To Cheap Coffee

Ode To Cheap Coffee

I find enjoyment in cheap gas station coffee.  Sure, I like the good stuff too, but I don’t scoff at the shit. I love it. I enjoy burning my fingers on the too-thin cups. I relish the fear of the blow-out top, poorly applied by …

Queen Jennie Sorghum Whiskey | Old Sugar Distillery, Madison, Wisconsin

Queen Jennie Sorghum Whiskey | Old Sugar Distillery, Madison, Wisconsin

Sorghum whiskey … um. Well. I’ve had sorghum beer – don’t really like it. I have gluten-free friends – like them OK. Sorghum whiskey? I’m impressed. First, it’s different. Distill booze to uber-proof, age it in an oak barrel, and water it down to selling-strength …

A Madison Weekend

A Madison Weekend

We’ve started, but it still doesn’t feel like we’ve started. Crashing with family and friends isn’t exactly roughing it – especially when they entertain you as well as Chris and Sarah entertained us this past weekend in Madison, WI. We’ve been to Madison quite a …

I Will Be The Best Mayor The Black Rock Pub Has Ever Seen!

I Will Be The Best Mayor The Black Rock Pub Has Ever Seen!

Sure, Rahm’s got the big gig, but I’m gunning to be mayor of the Black Rock Pub on Foursquare.  We’ll see.  Probably need to go there tomorrow.  And maybe the next day too. And if I could just stop quick today … Then I’ll extend my …

Standing Date: Black Rock Pub

Standing Date: Black Rock Pub

I’m going to Black Rock Pub every night after work this week.  Always wanted to have a bar to stop at on the way home.  Now I have one. And I have an ulterior motive: Goose Island Green Line.  It’s my favorite beer and you …

Late Night Food: Chicago’s Diner / Dinner Grill

Late Night Food: Chicago’s Diner / Dinner Grill

We’re at Ten Cat, and a gent walks into the bathroom.  Nothing new there, but we’re sitting in the back in the wine-barrel chairs and we’ve got a view of the scene and we notice it. And we notice it because when he comes out, …

Why Whiskey Is The Best Travel Booze

Why Whiskey Is The Best Travel Booze

A few months ago, I mentioned that whiskey was a great travel drink — especially to have in your room on a business trip. I said: Whiskey is the only drink that works in a hotel room – there will be whiskey-appropriate glasses in your …

Three Needs: The Best Bar In Vermont?

Three Needs: The Best Bar In Vermont?

So, yeah, it’s a good bar.  It’s got a great selection of beers on tap, you can borrow playing cards from the bar and play poker at the tables, you can read a textbook here if you’re a student, or do Sudoku and have a pint if …

Esquire’s Best Bar In Vermont: Three Needs

Esquire’s Best Bar In Vermont: Three Needs

We’re intentionally planning very little before our trip to Burlingon, Vermont next week, but Esquire’s best bar issue came out and I had to take a look at Vermont’s showing.  Chicago has 8 bars in the compiled list.  Burlington has 1, which, per capita, is …