Day 346—Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
If you have access to a radio or a computer on Christmas, check out the Christmas party at WFMU. Jon and Karen who are the masterminds behind Grade “A” Fancy are going to be guests on the show and it’s sure to be a walloping good time. You can read the details here: Holiday Cheer from Grade “A” Fancy.
Okay, Tonight I’m going to a bar that Gene from the BBC discovered in his travels last weekend. It’s called Whiskey Town and we stopped in for a drink and wound up having two. I told the bartender I’d be back to do the 365 thing in there and he said he’d be on duty. Like a dumbfuck I can’t remember his name, so let’s go find out what it is and more about Whiskey Town.
There's nothing better than when a bar has pure advertising such as this.
It's Tuesday, so there's plenty of seats at the bar.
And bartender Peacock is quick on his feet with an ice cold can of Budweiser. In a beer koozie no less!
Cheers and beers to you all!
The lights that hang above the wooden ceiling that illuminate the bar.
The bar from my perspective.
Oh Christmas tree...hey what are those ornaments?
Cans of Bud Light, how seasonal!
Peacock bought me a pickle-back shot, which the bar is famous for.
Seth took the photo and in return Peacock bought him a pickle back shot.
Seth gives the drink the thumbs up.
I don't know, but I'd like to think there's a little miniature of whiskey in each and every one of those stockings.
A longshot of the candle-lit bar.
I love the vintage cash register at the bar.
I snapped a photo of regulars Dan and Jordan on their way out.
Let's check out who's Peacock talking to...
It's Adem and Lauren. Adem runs a bar nearby and I've totally lost the card he gave me. Send me directions if you see this post, Adem!
The bar has a signature vodka, Tom Lawless, which is named for the owner's grandfather.
And here's me sampling the whiskey in a lemonade drink.
Peacock gave me a t-shirt featuring the name of the whiskey and here I am pimping it. Yes, I can be bought for a t-shirt.
This doll in a store front scared the shit out of me on the way home. Mama! Goodnight, everybody!
Okay, I’m getting ready to catch a plane to Peoria, so I don’t have time to write a review. I’ll let Whiskey Town tell its tale from their website. Oh Whiskey Town...
Whiskey Town opened on July 10, 2007 by 2 brothers, George and Justin Ruotolo. Between them they have 15 years of New York Bar / Restaurant experience. They have opened, operated or owned: The Vig Bar, Tribe, W8th, PS450, Vig 27 and Punch and Judy. They ventured out on their own to open a true East Village Bar, and Whiskey Town was born.
Their philosophy is simple: well poured drinks, reasonable prices, good music, a comfortable setting and great service. One if not both of the brothers are at Whiskey Town every night.
Whiskey Town is a true East Village Bar.
29 E. 3rd St. (Near Second Ave.)
Bonus Photo and Christmas Gift!
365 commentator Kari sent me a nice Christmas surprise, a bag of homemade toffee (some of it chocolate covered) and a nice Christmas card and a picture of her and her son Will. Check it out!
Here's the card and the toffee.
And here's Kari and her son Will. Thanks again, Kari, happy holidays!
Bonus Biff Bar Crawl!
365 commentator and frequest guest star Bifferoonie recently went on a bar crawl and she documented it for us. I’ll let her take over now. Oh, Bifferoonie...
Betty's Fine Food & Spirits (680 N. High Street, Short North, Columbus, OH) www.bettyscolumbus.com
Betty's is a small eatery and bar located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio's Short North Arts District. Filled to the rafters with tchotchkes, knick-knacks and posters of pin-up girls, it provides a fun, cozy place to sample some eclectic food fare (try the mac and cheese with poblano chiles and spicy sausage, or Marge's meatloaf for old-school comfort), or sip on a draft beer (currently at 17 on tap) or quirky cocktail. If you're into saving your environment one beer at a time, this is your place, as many of the draft options are pegged as Ohio-brewed, sustainable and organic; and the Betty's family of restaurants was a leader in providing biodegradable to-go containers. Open 11 AM to 2 AM, daily.
My friendly bartender, Nate, handing me the first of many draft PBRs ($2.00, all the time!)
Lindsey and Brian, who were standing next to me at the bar and waiting for their world-traveling friends, Kyle and Christin.
Through the magic of the internet, here they are! TA-DA! Kyle and Christin! You can read about their adventures and check out Brian's music at www.kylebutlermusic.
A view from the end of the bar.
Tim and Laura, enjoying a couple of the many drafts featured at Betty's.
A picture of some of the taps.
Karen and Kate, who run the green website www.biggreenhead.com, reduce their carbon footprint by enjoying a couple of drafts.
Fire! (Note to Biff from Marty: Um...that’s electricity, not fire, Bifferoonie.)
Another nice couple who were very supportive of the 365 Crawl, Weston and Krissy.
The bathroom doors at Betty's. The men's room is Johnny's...
And the women's is Betty's.
Julie offers up a cheers to the 365 blog.
I interrupted two lovely ladies, Kelli and Melissa, to give them a 365 card. They were talking about moving to Manhattan, so I told them to look you up, Marty! (You're welcome) (Another note from Marty: Hello ladies!)
Yours fooly with another Marty fan, C.J.
And after all that, we went to see The Katie Todd Band (www.katietodd.com), who hail from Chicago and sounded excellent. If you have a chance to see them live, you should.
Thanks Bifferoonie, now I have to go catch a fucking plane. Oh and I won’t be online much because my parents don’t have a computer and I can’t access the internet there. I’ll be putting up the daily post at my brother’s apartment, but won’t be online after that, so if you email or I don’t comment back for awhile, that’s the reason. Sneeze you all soon from Peoria, Illinois! Unless my plane crashes, then I won't be seeing anybody too soon.