Category Half-Week Hooch

Half-Week Hooch: Barcelona Bar

The funny thing about shots is, as you get older, you really know better. You KNOW better. You know you shouldn’t do them, that tomorrow will be the ugliest of all uglies if you throw back whiskey or tequila with reckless abandon, that you will hate life if you take shots. So by writing about […]

Half-Week Hooch: The Way Station (Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

When you’re celebrating your significant other’s birthday, it’s generally bad form to take them somewhere you might enjoy more than they will. Selfish, even. But if you’re celebrating a week early, and using it to bookend a day that started with a homebrewing course, it’s totally acceptable. Right? RIGHT?! So…that’s how Dom and I ended […]

Lulu's Greenpoint

Half-Week Hooch: Lulu’s (Greenpoint, Brookyln)

My love for Lulu’s all boils down to one simple thing: free pizza. Much like my love for Pizza Pub, which sustained me through six weeks of NYU’s Summer Publishing program and the hyper-competitive/severely naive new graduates I had to deal with on a daily basis, my feelings for Lulu’s all come down to gratis […]

Sardi's in New York

Half-Week Hooch: Sardi’s (New York, NY)

Some places in New York are classics for a reason, like Katz’s and Grimaldi’s. But it’s much harder to find an authentic place on the blocks adjacent to Times Square, aka my personal nightmare town, that’s able to walk that fine line between being a draw versus being a tourist trap. Sardi’s is that place […]

Half-Week Hooch: Raccoon Lodge (New York, NY)

I love fancy cocktail bars as much as the next person (actually, probably more), but my heart really lies with dive bars—dark, dank places that always smell like stale beer and attract a crowd that will verbally berate the bartender if their beer costs more than $3. Maybe it brings me back to my Spoontonic […]

Drinking at Rosemary's

Half-Week Hooch: Rosemary’s (Williamsburg), A Love Letter

I tend to fall in love with certain bars and visit them over and over again, securing my place on a barstool with loose tips and the advantages that come with frequent visits during which I prove I’m not an asshole. But it’s hard to categorize my love for Rosemary’s (Greenpoint Tavern). It’s definitely not […]

Gramercy Food and Drinks: East Japanese Restaurant

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting with conveyor belt sushi. Okay, I kinda do. For some reason, I had visions of a really classy bamboo belt, with elegantly plated fish and rolls. Also, there is inexplicably dry ice creating a nice fog in this vision, and also a boat carrying a dragon roll […]

SF Beer Week Events in the East Bay

It occurred to me that this nifty roundup of SF Beer Week events happening in the East Bay may come in handy for my friends. It’s mainly focused on the ‘burbs, but there are some real winners in there. I may be headed over to Sour Sunday. Join me! It still counts as teamwork if […]

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