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Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXV - Trumped

Alan Black | Posted 11.03.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

On the box, Trump looks like he is having a good time ranting and raving. Talking about The Deal.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXIV - Nature Calls

Alan Black | Posted 11.04.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

A puddle forms on a bar stool. No hole in the roof, so it can't be rain. California is in a drought. It's not liquor or beer, neither soda nor tears. No chemical spill has been reported.

The 8 Best Drinking Neighborhoods In The Country

Thrillist | Posted 11.04.2016 | Travel
Thrillist

In theory, ANY neighborhood can be a drinking neighborhood provided you have a few bucks and a flask and/or paper bag. But what separates the truly special, worthy of capitalization Drinking Neighborhoods from the neighborhoods in which you just happen to be drinking?

10 Tips For Cocktailing In New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.04.2016 | Taste
Skye Cleary

New York cocktails are good and they're strong which means that sometimes you won't notice how much you've drunk until it's too late.

They're Out There

Jamie Silverman | Posted 11.03.2016 | New York
Jamie Silverman

In honor of the upcoming debauchery that is Halloween, I decided a creepily titled post was in order. Although despite the fact that 'they're out there' usually connotes something creepy to come, in this post, the reverse is going to be true -- I mean those three words in a good way.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXIII -- Straight Bends

Alan Black | Posted 10.31.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Bobby, on meds, says he can't think straight. Have you tried curved thinking, I say. What's that? Stand with your head at an angle when you think. It ...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXII - Going, Going, Gone...

Alan Black | Posted 10.27.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Going, Going, Gone... #83 Wisdom is my forte, says Alex, an idiot. He dispenses opinions. Think of the poor mirror's feelings when you look in it, ...

Have Some Bubbly. By Yourself.

Terri Trespicio | Posted 10.28.2016 | Women
Terri Trespicio

I arrived the other night in the Twin Cities for a client meeting, and stayed in an ultra-swank hotel in downtown Minneapolis. The kind of place you walk into and, thanks to the genius lighting scheme, sculptural elements, music and overall vibe, you feel way cooler than you have any business being.

The Dumbest Questions You Can Ask A Bartender

Thrillist | Posted 10.28.2016 | Taste
Thrillist

Some people say there's no such thing as a stupid question, but those people have never been asked about the gluten content of a margarita. Bartenders field questions like this all the time. So sad.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXI - Thinks

Alan Black | Posted 10.26.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

He sweeps the bar. I wipe the tables. Then grab the padlocks, lock the doors and think, how did I end up here? We walk around the street market at 3 a.m., under the hum of lampposts, thinking about what to do next. We share a flask of whisky.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXX - Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

Alan Black | Posted 10.21.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Did I just see something slither to the shadow? Trip to the ice machine, all that is frozen in time like that cockroach, just kidding. I need to get my peripheral vision checked. I'm sure I just saw something flee to the darkness under the stairs.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXIX - The Alones

Alan Black | Posted 10.18.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

All gone. Everyone. Just me now. Alone with the bar. My old friend. It's sad. The bar weeps. It cries out, why am I the place for the sads and the alones. For the wicked.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXVIII -- To the Nut House

Alan Black | Posted 10.15.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

John is going away. To a rehab nuthouse -- his words. One year in exile with a bunch of drunks. Ordered by psychiatrists. The doors are locked night and day. But he's figured out a way to get supplies delivered.

How to Cocktail in Brooklyn: A Carroll Gardens Walking Tour

Skye Cleary | Posted 10.13.2016 | New York
Skye Cleary

Next time you're in the mood for some liquid stimulation, head-fuddling, or your heart needs a little reinforcement, here's a tried and tested cocktail tour that visits four of Brooklyn's finest bars in Carroll Gardens and is easy to do on foot.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXVII -- Sticky Situations

Alan Black | Posted 10.12.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

A long trail follows curious Steven, long sheets of bad luck. He's been in many a sticky situation. He picked up a brown paper bag from the shade in the alley behind the dive. What's in here? he inquired. A used hypo-needle that pricked his finger, that's what.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXVI: You're Not Getting Served

Alan Black | Posted 10.09.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

You're not getting served... You're a loser. Working in a bar, an old man working in a bar. What, you couldn't get a real job? I bet you don't even h...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXV - I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Alan Black | Posted 10.04.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I tell the doorman. I have a bad feeling about tonight. Soon, the twisted is spotted. His face barrels evil. This one with a mustache, most menacing.

9 of the Most Exciting New Restaurant Openings in Prague

Eating Europe Tours | Posted 10.01.2016 | Travel
Eating Europe Tours

Finding quality Czech food in Prague is easy if you know who to ask (*ahem* our Prague food tour guides). What we're excited about this fall are the h...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXIII - Wheel of Fortune

Alan Black | Posted 09.23.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

MAC spins in for an early visit. He keeps count. 19 dead in 10 years in his shabby hotel. The latest, a blind man stepped into the elevator shaft on t...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXII - Art and Alka-Seltzer

Alan Black | Posted 09.21.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Bartenders trade. Booze can be exchanged for virtually anything; love, compliments, tickets to the art exhibit. I find myself in the centipede at the ...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXI

Alan Black | Posted 09.16.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Bruce, I forgot about him. Haven't had the pleasure of his company since drone strikes became popular. He comes to play darts owning dental challenges and a Christian conscience.

The 16 Best College Bars in America

Thrillist | Posted 09.16.2016 | Taste
Thrillist

By: Kristin Hunt Credit: Shutterstock/Jennifer Bui There are all kinds of things you miss after you leave your college for the real world. The outr...

The Fight To Be The Oldest Bar In New York City

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel

There's a bar for every mood in New York City. Want to pretend you're in a beauty salon in the '60s? Go to Beauty Bar. Need to fly the TARDIS? The pol...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXX

Alan Black | Posted 09.13.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Condoms on the bar floor everywhere. An Irish tourist is blowing them up like balloons, while his mate makes armpit farts and I think of James Joyce and how he liked to talk dirty about his wife's gas leaks.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXIX

Alan Black | Posted 09.09.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I head to work, a little drunk, a little high, what other job allows you to do that? Maybe an airline pilot, I don't know. The sidewalks sizzle. Look who's here? A mermaid lying on the ground outside the bar. Her eyes swimming.