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SmokeyTweed

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Age : 36
Location : Edmonton, Alberta
Registration date : 2008-10-13

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PostSubject: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyMon Aug 03, 2009 4:09 am

Hey guys,

I was wondering about where your favorite place was to have a drink? Apart from the obvious "on my front porch", "favorite chair with the game on". I'm wondering if you guys/gals appreciate a drink in a club, Irish bar, dive bar, country western, live music venue, etc?

Do you go there for the service?

The prices?

The music?

The people?

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Benjamin Button

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Age : 39
Registration date : 2008-10-09

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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyMon Aug 03, 2009 9:40 am

Ahh, the classic watering hole. Unfortunately, the days of this sort of establishment are long gone for my area:

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and many of the bars have been degraded to this sort of thing:

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You're lucky to be able to go out to grab a drink and chat up the bartender with your lady, without getting into a fight lately. And the classier joints in town where you may be able to actually have a conversation without screaming at one another over the decibel smashing thump of an Abercrombie and Fitch soundtrack, you will be paying upwards of $14 a drink for a simple martini.

Nowadays, the lady and I retreat to the back porch for cocktail hour. Until we find that elusive watering hole of days past where you can carry on a friendly conversation with a fellow patron, that is where our libations are consumed.

-Adam
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Age : 47
Location : Olympia, WA
Registration date : 2007-12-09

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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyMon Aug 03, 2009 12:41 pm

A few years ago I dated a bartender (for about 7 years) and was fortunate enough to meet many people in the industry during that time. I live in a medium size city and still find that I can walk into almost any bar in town and know people there. Consequently I have many regular hang outs but my all time favorite is a family owned Mexican bar and Restaurant called El Sarape.

The family has quite a few of them but one in particular is my favorite. I know all of the staff and hang out with them regularly outside of their work as well as the owners. They treat me very, very well. In fact they were remodeling the bar this year about the time of my birthday and they made the deadline my birthday so I could have a party there. They were vacuuming and taking down the plastic when I walked in. Paid for my entire tab for the night as well, which can often be in the $100.00 range. You can't ask for better customer care than that. My home away from home.

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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyMon Aug 03, 2009 1:09 pm

We head down to the local VFW. Brand new facility,clean, and roomy. Always an interesting mix of characters from kids to ancients, and good attitudes. The alcohol is cheap, the beer ice cold, there's always sandwiches, venison chili, or wings on the snack bar, help yourself. Smoking is okay and a buck and a quarter for a twelve ounce draft or $1.75 a bottle is hard to beat. Just a pleasant place to have a few brews and engage in a lively discussion.
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ftrplt

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Age : 73
Location : Split between Raleigh, NC and OKC, OK
Registration date : 2007-12-15

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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyMon Aug 03, 2009 9:30 pm

I tend toward brewpubs or bars that have very large selections of draft beer. We have several in OKC; my two favorites being BJ's and Tapwerks. When I'm in Raleigh, I tend to hit Duffy's (of course!!), Tyler's Tap Room, Carolina Ale House/s, and the Sawmill/Drafthouse etc. group of watering holes. cheers FTRPLT
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Doc Manhattan

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Age : 40
Location : Land of Steady Habits
Registration date : 2008-05-26

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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyMon Aug 03, 2009 10:33 pm

I miss my old NYC apartment, a quick walk to Johnny's, a dive on Greenwich & Jane, which is labeled only "BAR" in neon. There's a passthru so you can smoke, cheap beers, good jukebox, and people who (like you) showed up only to drink and sit a spell.

But nothing will ever replace the string of cheap local bar-and-grille type establishments that my teacher buddies and I would hit on Fridays. Few folks drink harder or love life more than a public school teacher at quitting time. And you've got a pleasant attitude buzzing around your head by 4:00 pm.
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Age : 69
Location : Oak Ridge, TN
Registration date : 2008-09-10

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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyTue Aug 04, 2009 12:34 am

I love the sidewalk tables in front of the Irish Times Pub in Knoxville, Tn. I sit there and sip a Guiness while smoking my pipe. It's very relaxing. My next favorite place will be Smoky's in Montvue Center if Dave can get his "private lounge" open. I'll rent a locker and keep some Bushmills in it so I can sit and sip Irish Whisky while puffing on a good cigar. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyTue Aug 04, 2009 7:52 pm

Damned hard to find places where you can enjoy a pipe and/or cigar and have a pint also!! I do long for the good ol' days. FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyWed Aug 05, 2009 8:49 am

ftrplt wrote:
Damned hard to find places where you can enjoy a pipe and/or cigar and have a pint also!! I do long for the good ol' days. FTRPLT

Yep, here in VA the no smoking law takes effect in December, what bars now allow it no longer will.
There are very few bars that I frequent since getting married & having children. I did go out with my brother a couple of weeks ago to a local watering hole he frequents every Friday & Saturday night, it's in a college town nearby, when school is in full session it's full of drunk school kids, but the night we were there it wasnt bad, all people our age having a good time. Met some of the guys my brother hangs with, all middle age, single/divorced guys that just enjoy hanging out over a beer or three. I didnt have my pipe with me but did enjoy some Mehari's cigarillos (sweet orient) while there, noticed a great ventilation/filtration system in the ceiling that sucks smoke right out so my smoking didnt offend anyone, actually I had a lady ask what I was smoking Smile .
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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyThu Aug 06, 2009 11:01 am

Centurian 803 wrote:
I love the sidewalk tables in front of the Irish Times Pub in Knoxville, Tn. I sit there and sip a Guiness while smoking my pipe. It's very relaxing. My next favorite place will be Smoky's in Montvue Center if Dave can get his "private lounge" open. I'll rent a locker and keep some Bushmills in it so I can sit and sip Irish Whisky while puffing on a good cigar. cheers

Smokys is a pretty good place. I try to do all the business I can with them, but they don't carry several of the tobacs I smoke a lot of.
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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyThu Aug 06, 2009 4:12 pm

Since it's harder to find a bar you can smoke in, I don't really go out any more. My home bar has jerks for bartender. Actually the last beer I had outside of home was at the local tobacco shop which is about an hour away from my place.

Had a Sam Adams Summer Ale followed by a couple of Landsharks all from the tap.
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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyThu Aug 06, 2009 6:48 pm

I have 9 taverns within a half mile of my house. Six of them are walking distance from each other. Welcome to Wisconsin!! drunken drunken drunken
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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptyFri Aug 07, 2009 1:03 am

Hammer8 wrote:
I have 9 taverns within a half mile of my house. Six of them are walking distance from each other. Welcome to Wisconsin!! drunken drunken drunken

You got an extra bedroom?
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Age : 51
Location : HUDSON VALLEY NY
Registration date : 2009-05-24

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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptySat Aug 08, 2009 8:44 pm

ftrplt wrote:
Damned hard to find places where you can enjoy a pipe and/or cigar and have a pint also!! I do long for the good ol' days. FTRPLT

I have been toying with the idea of opening up a place myself. I am looking at a "members only" set up. It would make things easier with the NYS Tax Nazis.
Most of my "locals" turned to crap or closed down.

I have a two story bar across from me that has been on the market for over a year now. Just don't have the cash. If I did, it would be a Pipe / Cigar lounge with "adult beverages", full selection of cigars and pipe tobaccos. Maybe even a barber / shoe shine stand. Light food would be offered and special dinners on the weekends. "ONE CAN DREAM, RIGHT"?

My all time favorite was the Terminal Bar on Broadway in the Bronx (242nd St) across from Van Cortlandt Park. Niall & Jimmy, I really miss you guys!!! Great service and MAJOR buy backs (One for One!!!) for the "Boys in Blue". The 80's were great.........
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PostSubject: Re: Support your local watering hole   Support your local watering hole EmptySat Aug 08, 2009 8:50 pm

Texas Outlaw wrote:
Hammer8 wrote:
I have 9 taverns within a half mile of my house. Six of them are walking distance from each other. Welcome to Wisconsin!! drunken drunken drunken

You got an extra bedroom?

Sounds more like South Amboy, NJ to me!!!! Smile
(Check The Guinness Book for that one)
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