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Friday, December 10th, 2010—Bar 334

Day 334—Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Bar 29 (Originally headed for Wine:30)

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll recall me yesterday whining like a baby who’s teeth are just coming in telling you that I had to go in to work early, so I had to get to the bar fast, do my hour, have my three drinks and then get home to try and get some sleep. Okay, well, what happened was I ended up having a great time at last night’s bar, I had about four beers, came home and started watching season 4 of Mad Men off iTunes and having a few more beers and before I knew it, it was three in the fuckng morning. Well, it’s the same drill tonight, I have to be back to work by the crack of noon, so I need to find a bar close by, do my hour, drink my drinks and then get home and get some much needed sleep. I’m operating on about three hours of sleep here. I thought I had exhausted all the bars in the area where I workk, but I found one just about six blocks away. It’s a little wine bar called, Wine:30. A clever title playing off the fact that it’s on 30th Street and that anytime is a good time for wine. And looking at the clock, by god it’s Wine:30, time to start crawling.

Goddamn, it's cold out here tonight.

Self portrait of a freezing bar crawler.

What time is it? It's Wine:30.

Wow, it's packed in here. The friendly hostess checked with the owner and they said I could do the 365 thing in here, once a spot cleared at the bar, but after five minutes I decided it was just too packed to do my thing in here.

Time to take that long, lonesome walk.

This is a place I tried last summer, but it was too crowded, let's see what it's like tonight.

There's a good crowd at the bar, but I spy a seat at the end of the bar. Let's snag it.

Alright, I'm seated and bartneder Anthony serves up a cold beer. Let the crawl begin!

And here I am, the goofy center of a beautiful sandwich. On the left is Ann and on the right is Anna. Ann is the owner of the bar and she graciously bought my beer. Anna works with Ann at Ann's other business, a consulting Agency called: Van Dyke Consulting. Cheers, ladies!

Hilda and Carlitos were seated next to me and were very supportive of the 365 idea.

Time for beer number two and Lauren serves it up with a beautiful smile. Cool fingernail polish, Lauren!

A shot of the lit-up, festive bar from my seat.

A picture of the copper-topped bar from the far end.

There's tables and a long, padded seating area opposite the bar.

Here's the backroom of the bar. There's a pool table back here...

As well as a league-ready dart board.

There's also a jukebox, let's go say hi to this couple who are putting on some tunes.

It's  Rebecca and Bob, a nice couple who wished me well on my journey.

Back at the bar, Lauren is taking care of business and looking mighty fine while doing so.

A Christmas stocking hangs in the window as cars buzz by.

I haven't done this for awhile so I thought I'd close with the obligatory bathroom mirror shot. Goodnight, everybody!

Review
I”ve learned one valuable lesson this week. Don’t watch Mad Men if you have to get up early. Last night I was beat, but decided to watch one episode after my bar crawl, that turned into two, then three and of course you can’t watch Mad Men and not have a few beers and so once again I feel like seven tons of dogshit regurgitated through a faulty cheesecloth onto a table-top constructed of marbled hopelessness. So I’ll let them tell you a bit about themselves via the “about” section of their website. Take it away, Bar 29!

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ABOUT BAR 29

Bar 29 is your classic neighborhood drinking establishment with affordable happy hours, frozen cocktails, light snacks and your favorite sports shown daily. We are an authentic Argentinian Bar offering daily Argentinian Beer specials in addition to being a bar that proudly hosts the fans of Syracuse & FSU collegiate teams.

We have 8 draft beers and feature a craft beer of the month.  We show all upcoming sports games on our 7 HDTV Plasma screens and have a pool table, darts board, a jukebox, and other fun games for you to enjoy.

We are open daily at 4 PM.  Our happy hours are one-of-a-kind, with unbeatable specials.

Bar 29 is a perfect place to enjoy a happy hour after work, celebrate your upcoming birthday, to host your private event, to watch your favorite sports games, or to have lunch and work on your laptop with our free WiFi service.


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And suddenly...work. Fuck.

Bar 29
405 3rd Ave. (between 28th and 29th St.)
212-779-0306

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Bonus Photos From Jaws!

Jaws sent in some photos and captions from his days in the army. He said to call it, "Your Tax Dollars Hard At Work." Take it away, Jaws!

Let me at 'em!

Musical me.

Shotgun (not the army kind!)

Electric Kool-Aid Audio.

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Reader Comments (21)

Nice bounce-back as always! Lauren is definitely up there on the bartender babes list! Looks like a nice neighborhood spot, nice find! 31 days to go! P.S. Nice photos of army man Jaws!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Man, those pictures take me back...36 to 37 years to be precise... the guys I served with were like a hybrid cross between Mchale's Navy...and the Manson family. Marty, that bartender Anthony looks like he's waiting for you to get weird on him or something. Just...one...false...move pal, just one!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@Jaws: My life is one big false move! Thanks for the photos!

December 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Bar 29 looks like a perfect "regular" bar - and has the proper amount of tv's -- and looks to be a wee bit festive ! The sign outside almost makes it look to yuppy-ish for me ... but not the case when you see the inside !

1/3 of the BBC might be returning to NYC next weekend (just me) !!!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

@GENE: It's a nice place to hang out at and you're right, it is a perfect "regular" bar, no frills just a great place. Let me know about next weekend!

December 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

They claim to be an "Authentic Argentinian Bar",,,,I would of never known because it just looks like a regular neighborhood bar. All I know about Argentinian restaurants and bars is that they stick with blue and white,,,like their flag. Lauren looks like she could do a number on me. And Jaws is right about Anthony,,,one false move buddy and your outta here. Any chance of a clean toilet picture down the road? A clean restroom means the owners care and the kitchen is probably clean. Bottle of bleach goes a long way.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Al: I got bored with the toilet pictures (yeah, I know, what about all the other stuff I've beaten into a dead horse on here, ha ha ha), but there's was sparkling clean.

December 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I love the name Wine:30! Brilliant! What time is it? It's Wine:30. HA! {and, I love places that also provide free WiFi} Hope you get some sleep tonight!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

How nice of Ann to buy you a beer! I'm surprised (and impressed) by how many owners you've run into on this bar crawl of yours. I'd much rather visit any establishment where the owners care to stick around. Otherwise, things get neglected, shit falls apart, and you end up with a TGI Friday's. And we all know how you feel about those! Anyhoo, Bar 29 looks cool. I like the gameroom and everyone looks beautiful in the warm glow of Christmas lights (and jukeboxes)! Next time I'm in their neck of the woods, I'm stoppin by!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

P.S. Nice photos, Jaws! Especially the Captain Headphones one.

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Bifferoonie: You said the dreaded "T" word...aaaaahhhhhhh!!

December 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I LOVE Mad Men. My feeling is its a good show when I feel nostalgic about such a sexist time :)

Looks like a nice relaxed bar and hey 29 is almost 30. Makes me wonder what other numbers you might have ran into if you'd kept walking. I agree with Biff, always nice to see the owners there when you stop by.

Hope you get caught up on some sleep!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

damn 365 you let me down...thought you would add a word (i.e. smokin' hot ahhh palatable) instead of dropping a word...bar 29 wine:30...maybe we need a psichic to help us with the meanin' of all this...ann marie where are you when we need you...
jaws...nice photos...a travis in the makin'...thanks for he shots...reminds me of all the gun toting shots of me that my then ex-wife to be burned years ago...
it just hit me that 99 did a bar 89...more numbers in the mix...let's all throw in x number of drinks and 3 hours sleep...another stop on the 365 crawl...KOC

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December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@kari: I'm in the middle of season four and it's a great one! But once I start watching one it always turns into three.

@raginrr: Sorry to let you down, but burnout from this week has officially set in. I'll try harder next week!

December 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

365...i threw the 3 hr sleep thing to try and say there is reason for everything...for every action there is a reaction...no sleep no harm...go to bed...KOC

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December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@raginrr: Goodnight, Irene...I mean, raginrr!

December 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Jaws: One word. Animal. Nice axe, by the way!
were you listening to Kraftwerk in those headphones?
@365: As for your photo of freezing bar crawler. Priceless.

@raginrr: I've got Marty to crank some Cosmic Psychos tomorrow!!!

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky

@Clacky: Glad you enjoy my pain!

December 11, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@ Clacky...Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der autobahn...yeh, I probably was listening to Kraftwerk at the time, but only because I was too ripped to work the tuner knob on the stereo!

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@Gene: Get yo ass to manhattan.

December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClacky

Marty your Mad Men comments cracked me up.

That looks like a really fun bar with plenty of fun-loving cool people and great bartenders. Very cool...love it!!

Love the photos Jaws!

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

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