Category Archives: cocktails

Bacon and Beer Classic

We were greeted with a perfect blue sky, as we waited with great anticipation for the festival to begin. The energy of the crowd was electric, and sports fans from every team were represented at Citi Field that day.

We were greeted with a perfect blue sky, as we waited with great anticipation for the festival to begin. The energy of the crowd was electric, and sports fans from every team were represented at Citi Field that day.

Over one hundred craft beer vendors were there to greet us. Our glasses were kept full with generous portions of Stouts, Ale's, Ciders, Lagers, and IPA's.

Over one hundred craft beer vendors were there to greet us. Our glasses were kept full with generous portions of Stouts, Ale’s, Ciders, Lagers, and IPA’s.

The menu was equally creative, as the venue itself. The selection varied from strip house cured bacon with tomato chimichurri, to bacon wrapped corn dogs with a chocolate bourbon sauce. However, the real crowd pleaser was the maple bacon cotton candy. A good time was had by all.

The menu was equally creative, as the venue itself. The selection varied from strip house cured bacon with tomato chimichurri, to bacon wrapped corn dogs with a chocolate bourbon sauce. However, the real crowd pleaser was the maple bacon cotton candy. 

Six Of The City’s Best Beer Gardens

imageThere’s nothing like an ice cold brew on a hot Summer’s day. Whether you’re looking to relax with friends, or get the party started. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Grab a seat, and kick your feet up, at some of the best beer gardens the city has to offer.

Studio Square Beer Garden, 35-33 36 Street, Long Island City

This vast beer garden packs two vibes in one venue. Chill out and soak up the sun in the afternoon. There are 20 beers on tap, and plenty of space for you and your friends to mingle. In the evening the DJ spins house music, and the scene becomes more lively. Once in a while, a scuffle breaks out between frat boys. Don’t worry, it’s all in good fun. It ain’t a party ’til something gets broken.

Bohemian Hall Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria

Just beyond the large wooden gate lies a picnic area perfectly shaded with tall trees, and umbrellas scattered throughout. You’ll be greeted with smiling faces in this beer garden meets block party courtyard. Grab a table and enjoy one of the many traditional dishes served, like Utopenec paired with a Staropramen from the tap. Relax and enjoy live music into the night. With budget friendly mugs at $6 and pitchers at $16, you can easily drink your way from A to Z.

Crown Victoria Bar and Beer Garden, 60 S 2nd Street, Brooklyn

A former police car repair shop, turned laid back bar and beer garden. In the confines of 9,000 square feet, comprised mostly of recycled materials. Play a game of ping pong, or bocce. Feast on the crunchy fish tacos as the DJ spins. Crown Vic boasts 30 whiskies, 24 beers on tap, and 10 specialty cocktails. All garnished with fresh herbs from the garden on site. Feel good while knocking them back, knowing you’re doing your part to leave less of a carbon foot print.

Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten, 7 Rivington Street, NYC

A solid place for beer and German fare, with plenty of seating in the otherwise limited space of the LES. Here all of the usual suspects can be found, from Spaten to Weihenstephan. The Loreley offers an array of sandwiches, pretzels, and snitzel fingers. Try the beer and sausage flight, and sample four different beers, and six types of sausage. Come for the beer, stay for the food.

The Standard Biergarten, 848 Washington at 13th Street, NYC

An eternally popular and trendy place for eating and drinking in the heart of the city’s social scene. The open air space below Manhattan’s beloved Highline has an authentic line up of German beer and brats. The biergarten, transitions nicely from a hip and bustling day drinking scene, to a fashionable hot spot in the evening. Heated lamps, communal tables, and a fully stocked bar make it impossible not to meet new and fabulous friends.

Greenwood Park, 555 7th Avenue, Brooklyn

A family friendly beer garden that feels more like a neighborhood BBQ. There are over 60 beers on tap here. Take your pick from German, Belgian, or Craft. Chow down on the honey sriracha wings as you wait your turn for bocce. On the weekends revelers can enjoy live music, and pig roasts. Don’t be surprised to see the stroller brigade roll in. Moms seeking relief from the hot Summer sun sip a cold one while bouncing a baby on their lap.

Top Hops Beer Shop

A beer shop, and a tasting bar with over six hundred varieties of craft and import beer.

A beer shop, and a tasting bar with over six hundred varieties of craft and import beer.

Beer geeks, and craft enthusiasts merge to learn more about the exciting combination of Hops.

Beer geeks, and craft enthusiasts merge to learn more about the exciting combination of Hops.

With twenty different kinds of beer on tap. It's the perfect place for an afternoon flight. However, if you'd rather enjoy a beer at home. They offer 32 and 16 ounce growlers to go.

With twenty different kinds of beer on tap. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon flight. However, if you’d rather enjoy a beer at home. They offer 32 and 16 ounce growlers to go. Making it one of the coolest beer spots in NYC.

The Rum House

There are few places that beckon me to Midtown Manhatan. The Rum House sets itself apart from the Sports Bars, and Pubs that line the Theater District.  A seductive interior lined with copper, and mahogany. Jazz fills the air while sipping on an Old Fashioned. Suddenly you're transported in time.

There are few places that beckon me to Midtown Manhattan. The Rum House, sets itself apart from all other lounges, and bars that grace the Theater District. 
Greeted with a seductive interior lined with copper, and mahogany. Jazz fills the air while sipping on an Old Fashioned. Suddenly, you’re transported in time.

The Old Fashioned. Haven Hill, Brandied Cherry, Angostura Bitters, and Orange.

The Old Fashioned. Haven Hill, Brandied Cherry, Angostura Bitters, and Orange.

Jazz plays in the background. While couples are deep in conversation.

Jazz plays in the background. While couples are deep in conversation.

Verlaine Bar & Lounge

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Verlaine is the perfect place to hide out. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has great Happy Hour specials, like the Hanoi Lychee Martini, Vietnamese Bloody Mary, and Sangria all for $6 from 5-10 pm 7 days a week.

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Hanoi Lychee Martini. Vodka, Lychee, and a splash of pineapple juice.

Deal or no deal

Most people have a set of rules when dating, known as “deal breakers.
Politics, religion, and values often come into play. But what about the quirky
habits of someone we like that tend to drive us crazy? What are you willing
tolerate, and what are your strange deal breakers?

I once dated a guy who insisted the toilet tissue being properly placed
to roll over, rather than under. I found it to be an odd request considering
he had never restocked the tissue paper to it’s rightful place on the roll.
Another man I dated became annoyed with my lipstick free Sunday’s.
It was the one day a week I opted not to wear makeup. Meanwhile, he was
found on more than one occasion cleaning the floor with the sponge used for dishes.
The same man was also notorious for cutting his toenails in bed.
I heard from a friend who was excited to go out with a beautiful
girl, who happened to be a Forensic Pathologist. The date was going well.
They had perfect chemistry. At the end of the night , she went in for a kiss.
The stench proved to be too much. He later described it as the kiss of death.
An occupational hazard perhaps.

Sometimes relationships are not all they’re cracked up to be.
You have to take the good with the bad. Keep an open mind.
Be realistic with your expectations. Because the bed of roses you hope for,
may turn out to be toenails.