Our favorite part of this bar, which was constructed this week, is the game room. Guests can play the chilliest game of beer pong ever as they hang out in the lounge, which is open every Friday and Saturday through mid-March. The one catch is the dress code. While you may not want to wear your trendiest garb, your warmest scarves, hats and mittens are probably a good idea.
Blue is located at 2826 East Highway 61 in Two Harbors MN. If you can't make it out there this winter, NYC will get its own ice bar in March or April in the Midtown Hilton. Brrrrr.....
News flash: just because it’s chilly outside doesn’t mean you need to give your favorite beer garden a break. Greenwood Park Beer Garden in the South Slope wants folks to know that they will booze you up all week long. There are different specials each night and they can be enjoyed in the beer garden’s indoor space or while gathered around the crackling fireplace. On Sunday and Monday, there are $.50 wings and $12 pitchers of Narragansett Lager. Tuesdays it's two for one on select drafts and well drinks, Wednesday it's $10 for a burger and a beer and Thursday there’s DJs along with a $5 special that will hook you up with a Rolling Rock and a shot (just don’t take too many of those, you still have to work on Friday). Winter Sangria will be served through the season, and hot drinks will provide some extra comfort and warmth.
With deals like this, we think that the holiday season may be the new beer garden season. Greenwood Park is located at 555 Seventh Ave in Brooklyn.
This week, we had the pleasure to stop by Mulberry Street bar to taste a bit of history. Tanqueray was in the house to pop open a bottle of their namesake spirit from the 1960s, with brand ambassador Angus Winchester pouring martinis alongside a green-dress-clad Rachel Ford (who told us that her outfit was her "Tanqueray 10" inspired dress, since it was so sleek). It's always fun to taste a booze that's older than we are, in this case over 20 years. So, what did folks in the '60s taste when they were in the mood for a nip of gin?
Well, uh, it tasted like Tanqueray. The old school bottle was still cast in the signature green glass, and the familiar notes of juniper and pine were rife in our glass. Winchester went over details on how the brand keeps their spirit so consistent - there's a juniper review process that involves so much sniffing that the employees at the distillery probably can't smell much else. In any case, the event told us that normal Tanqueray drinkers aren't missing much of anything if they can't get their hand on a vintage bottle, as a normal pour of the spirit seems to be a bit of a Time Machine on its own.
On Monday, one of our favorite new bars of the year is giving you a reason to drop by. Evelyn Drinkery, a watering hole on Avenue C that takes inspiration from the late 1800's, is offering a fun night of Mezcal and jazz. For those of you who plan to hide inside all weekend to protect yourself from a deluge of santas set to hit the city for Santacon, this offers a great and boozy way to reclaim your week.
Fidencio founder Arik Torren, will be in house to offer you a guided tour of his mezcal from 6 to 7 PM, you can RSVP for the gratis sips by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, starting at 8, the bar will host some live jazz from duo Chris Norton and Pete Maness, which is the perfect pairing for some of the vintage-inspired cocktails. You can get info on other happenings at Evelyn - including a post-ball-drop New Year's Eve party with drink specials, here. If you want to drop by, the lounge is located at 171 Avenue C.
Attention lushes – are you looking for something to do this evening (that involves drinking, natch)? Or, maybe you can’t decide whether you want to hit Pouring Ribbons, The Shanty or Evelyn Drinkery. Well, all three of the establishments will be in the house at the Dipsology Holiday party, which is happening tonight at Real Proof Labs on Mercer Street. The $65 ticket gets you admission to a room full of fellow imbibers (you’ll clearly have a lot to talk about, and no one will judge you for slurring those words), drinks from the three bars and there will be bites from Salume, the sandwich shop that is famous for their booze-infused paninis. The shindig starts at 7 PM, get tickets here.
If you’re not familiar with Dipsology – it’s a website that tracks liquid culture in NYC. Always fun to have another spirit-obsessive at the party, check them out here.