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Friday, September 10th, 2010—Bar 243

Day 243—Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Affair on Eighth (Originally headed for 8th Street Winecellar)

Okay, I’m starting early tonight because I have to work early tomorrow, which sucks because I hate the morning. Morning’s are just too fucking bright. And everyone’s hustling and bustling about. Fuck. Anyway, I found a place not far from where I live, because I have to go and get this thing done because I have to get to work in the morning tomorrow and I hate morning’s...oh, we’ve been over that already. Okay, so let’s just head over to the 8th Street Winecellar  and get this thing over with already. Morning will be here before you know it. And I hate morning.

Here we are at the 8th Street Winecellar. A true underground bar.

Wow, it's packed in here. Not a single seat at the bar, time to improvise.

And start a lonely walk in search of another bar.

I didn't have to walk long. Almost directly across the street is this place. Affair on Eighth. Let's check it out.

Plenty of seats at the bar and it's nice and dark in here. I think this is the spot for the night!

I've made the right choice. Bartender Ciara is friendly, cute and pours a mean Hefewizen beer.

Nothing better than a giant beer to make you forget about working in the morning! Cheers.

A tub of iced beer behind the bar.

Alexa was seated next to me. She's a DJ who emcees Karaoke every Thursday night at the bar from 10pm to 2am. It's a favorite night at the bar and you'll see some of the singers soon.

Bare bulbs hang over the bar and illuminate it.

There's a decent selection of bottled beers, as you can see.

Shaun was at the end of the bar trying to figure out who his internet provider was (it's a long story folks.) He just moved here six weeks ago and it turns out he's from Illinois just like me. Welcome to New York Shaun!

A shot from the other end of the bar.

Here's Ciara working on the sign for outside.

Here's Jonathan Kravetz who's a writer and has a play going on at Manhattan Theatre Source at 177 MacDougal St ("Better Lucky Than Smart"). He's also the editor of Ducts Webzine.

Okay, the karaoke list is out.

Alexa started the night out and she has a great singing voice.

Next up was Joe, who did a great job singing "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls.

Jay nailed "Thunder Road," by Bruce Springsteen.

Oh shit, I'm not going to feel to good in the morning if I'm boozed up enough to be doing this. Goodnight, everybody!

(Morning has broken, all over my head. I’m running late for work, so here’s the review of Affair on Eighth from Shecky’s Nightlife website, I don’t have time to write one and I hate morning. Fuck.)

“A good ol' Irish pub” is the best way to describe Affair on Eighth, a pub whose Gaelic past is fresher than a peeled potato. Co-owned by Ireland transplants George Garrity and Brenda Brennnacht, Affair on Eighth is tenderly named for its desire to add a musical haven to add to the village’s heritage. Boasting a great beer selection (they have Guinness on draft!) served by Irish bartenders, Affair on Eighth creates an overwhelming experience that shines brighter than a leprechaun's pot of gold. Stay for supper and dine on the bar's rich table tops, enjoying traditional Irish fare like Shepherd's Pie or beer battered Fish and Chips. There is nothing corned beef about the place; Affair on Eighth is a lovely pub that will soon become a local favorite.

Affair on Eighth
35 West Eighth Street (Near Sixth Ave.)

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Marty doing karaoke? wow,,,,ok, you picked a great place here,,,I think better than your original destination. Ciara and Alexa are my pick as to who I would hang out with. Ciara putting up a skirt steak sandwich on the board,,,you should of had one. What song did you pick?

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Al: I should've tried the steak sandwich, maybe next time. As far as the song...I'll never tell!

September 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Nice bounce back as always! You look good on stage, is American Idol next? Maybe Bar Crawl Idol? New reality show alert!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

The featured ladies on this stop have got me in the mood for an affair all right!
I've only been suckered into trying karaoke once in my life, and like you Marty, I was significantly boozed up at the time. My selection for that evenings performance; Dina Moe Hum by the late great Frank Zappa. I woke up the next morning berating myself; "No...you didn't...oh no, you did NOT...NO!!!" Oh yes, I did apparently...and I got an earful about it for weeks afterwards from some of my regular passengers who were there for that abortion! Ghod!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but I once won a Wii American Idol competition. Granted, it was in my neighbor's den and I was competing against drunk housewives, but a win's a win, dammit! So there! I would like to add that if anyone out there ever competes in a Wii A.I. competition, you do NOT have to actually sing the words. Mumbling works like a charm. And the more you sound like Eddie Vedder, the better. Now, back to the matter at hand - Affair on Eighth looks like a wunder-bar. The seats look really comfy and I love the fact that they stock their beer bottles directly on ice. I know Europeans say that beer tastes better at room temperature, but I'm pretty sure they only say that because they rarely have ice. It'd be like a midget saying slam dunks are overrated. Or a man with no freezer saying ice cream sucked. AS IF!!!! Anyhoo, I like cold beer and this place has it. Food sounds great (you had me at warm bacon) and people look happy and friendly. Sorry you had to work today, but glad you showed us the ropes at Affair on Eighth. As for the song you picked, I'm pretty sure it had to have been something by Joan Jett. Next time, please go method and shave your head.

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Nice friendly looking place. And I'm gonna go with @biff on a vote for Joan Jett. Oh how entertaining would that be to see you singing :P And @biff the only time I have done karaoke was a Wii A.I. in a room full of drunks. Good times.

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@Biff and kari: I wonder if anyone has ever done karaoke sober?

September 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

i've never had the guts to get up and do karaoke. i think i need to drink more! LOL!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrita r.

I hate mornings too. And you cannot PAY me enough money to sing karaoke!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

I was actually sober when I did karaoke, just felt comfortable because no one else was :) You should have a 365 summit wrap up party, karaoke would be mandatory!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@ Marty! I do karaoke sober !!!!!! I mean, I need a beer to feel ready but I always try to stay sober doing that, the reason is that I saw a video of me, drunk like hell, singing "Antisocial" by trust! It was at a marriage anniversary party of the cousin's friend of a friend of mine, brief and I guess the hash brownies was also good that night, ok, that video is erased for the well being of the humanity!!! believe me!!! so Karaoke ok but sober!!!! HAHAHA

Nice bar! and bartender and DJ are cute :)

Tomorrow we'll try to send some bonus photos!! ;) also I'm going to offer the birthday gift to Jason and can't wait to see his face!! haha so I will try to take a picture of his saliva going out of his mouth !!! MOUHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZioum Zioum The Chainsaw

@kari and Zioum Zioum: You two can do a sober duet at the wrap karaoke party!

@Zioum Zioum: Say hi to Jason for us!

September 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@365: Please tell me it wasn't Journey. PLEASE tell me it wasn't Journey...
I've done Sober Karaoke on a xmas eve a few years back on my work break. I was at an afternoon xmas seafood sale put on by one of my suppliers where they opened the shop to the general public...they put on beers and karaoke....I sang School's Out by Alice....My birthday is christmas day so I'm usually up for anything by xmas eve...whatever time of day.
And a mate and I won a karaoke comp one night. We performed a touching duet performance....of Welcome to the Jungle. We won 2 shots of Jack Daniels each!!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack Downunder

@Tim Clack (and everybody else who asked): Okay, time to admit it, the picture was a fake! I grabbed microphone before the karaoke got going and Alexa snapped the photo. I'm not a karaoke guy, but seriously, Tim and everyone...Don't stop believing!

September 10, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Oh! Karaoke! Makes! Me! All! Hung! Over! Again!
And it has been years...
Nice bar Marty! Looks like fun, even if it was early!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

Affair on Eighth...once again 365 comes back after postin' that nelson song (fuck i know he does that after the fact)...looks to another hella of stop...my ghod (as jaws would say) thatfirst beer looked awesome...as did the young thing that drawed it... nice unintended stop 365...oh shit almost forgot to say thanks for the clip...it was awesome....but you (365) and fat al are really doing your best to really make me feel old...i mean like following sum 19 year old around is not enough 365 puts up a "punk-ass" jagger fat al puts up an automatic stiff tongue blondie clip...you motherfuckers are in cohoots to put me in my grave1...biff beat you would be great on american idoll w/o drunken housewives of america being competition....jaws bet you knocked them out with your rendition of Dina Moe Hum...sorry i missed it maybe you could do it if you get to the east...tim clack i read a few posts back that you and your band brought down the house with "TNT"
my co "worker"'s 3 year old plus knows it verbatim....maybe you could use him at some karaoke place when you get here....chirst i babbled way too long and 365 is saying when's this motherfucker going to shut up...i will close wiith i'd bt (if i was a bettin" man) that if a born christian w?silver dolllar nipples was in Affair on Eighth he would have got and gave his best on "help me make through the night"...KOC


September 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@ Raginrr when I did my version of Dina Moe Humm that night, I might as well have had the word asshole written on my forehead with a laundry marker. Picture Simon Cowell with a big sappy grin on his face, running a cleaning patch down the barrel of an Enfield rifle, waiting for me to finish so he could put me out of my misery. It was that bad!

September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@Jaws: Could I interest you in a set of zircon encrusted tweezers? Not the best performance by those Vikings yesterday!

@365: I will NEVER stop believing. In Lemmy we trust.

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Clack Downunder

@Tim Clack: To Lemmy! And to that thing on his face!

September 11, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

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