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Notes From a Dive Bar XIII

Alan Black | Posted 06.25.2016 | Fifty
Alan Black

He talks like he's some kind of analyst in the Sigmund Freud vein, lie down and let me look inside your underwear. For that's the drive for everything, he claims, talking to his pal fondling the mouth on a bottle of Corona.

Notes From a Dive Bar XII

Alan Black | Posted 06.21.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

When people ask where I hail from, sometimes I tell them I'm Vulcan, as a joke, and they ask, where is that? Geography is not their strong point. Communication is lost when you speak in an accent designed to burr and brogue.

Notes From a Dive Bar XI

Alan Black | Posted 06.18.2016 | Fifty
Alan Black

Here's a resume. Male, 25-years old, friendly and popular with customers, knowledgeable in the arts of mixology, enthusiastic, responsible, and an asset for your business.

Avoiding the Manshake

Mindi Westhoff | Posted 06.16.2016 | Women
Mindi Westhoff

Sometimes a handshake lasts too long. That brief connection between two strangers can quickly turn awkwardly intimate with one too many pumps due to lack of focus.

Notes From a Dive Bar X

Alan Black | Posted 06.15.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Take me far from the madding crowd. Business is very, very slow. No flocks on the pasture. Is there such a thing as a beer shepherd? A romantic figure wandering the streets with a crook, herding drinkers into the bar. I must be to blame for this barren scene.

The Hottest Bars In 15 U.S. Cities

Zagat | Posted 06.12.2016 | Taste

From craft-beer destinations to swanky cocktail lounges, here are the hottest bars in 15 U.S. cities. Bottoms up!

Notes From a Dive Bar IX

Alan Black | Posted 06.11.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Talking Heads is on the jukebox. All the hits. Around closing time, the bug man comes in, his poisons in hand. He crawls under the bar like an explorer venturing into the darkness of the insect world. Nothing there.

New York City Rooftop Bars With Great Views

Andrea Poe | Posted 06.08.2016 | Travel
Andrea Poe

Who needs to brace the crowds to ascend the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock to get a view of New York? Do what locals do and hit a rooftop bar. Here are some of the best, many of which happen to crown hotels.

Notes From a Dive Bar VIII

Alan Black | Posted 06.07.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Someone came in barking about Yelp! Apparently, it's some kind of site on the Internet. He said I was mentioned on it, rude, grumpy, miserable bastard bartender with a fixed scowl on his face and that is his good points. Something along those lines, so he says.

You're Drinking Beer Wrong: 7 Reasons Basic Pint Glasses Suck

Thrillist | Posted 06.03.2016 | Taste

They're kind of the worst when it comes to beer. Here's why.

Notes From a Dive Bar VII

Alan Black | Posted 06.01.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

The love stool. More people have fallen in love sitting on that one than any other. Mark tells a story. He sits upon it, next to him a female stranger. He's having a beer, she is too.

Notes From a Dive Bar VI

Alan Black | Posted 05.27.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Turn away now if you are disgusted by the description of a bar's grim lavatory. This is not for you. Come back next time to Notes when the talk will be of love and cocktails garnished with fresh fruit. Sadly, this grim description has to be done.

Notes From a Dive Bar V

Alan Black | Posted 05.23.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Friday night -- At opening time, the merchant who adds cash to the ATM machine slinks in as quiet as a mouse. He stocks the money nest with tens and t...

Notes From a Dive Bar IV

Alan Black | Posted 05.21.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Occasionally, the smokers stampede for the door. A fight has broken out or a scary psycho has wandered in off the street looking for a light in the darkness.

Notes From a Dive Bar III

Alan Black | Posted 05.17.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Years ago, at night's end, I locked a drunk French tourist in the bar, by mistake. He awakened under a table on the balcony, perfumed with vomit, a fragrance found in bars. Only the bar's ghosts were with him.

Notes From a Dive Bar II

Alan Black | Posted 05.14.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Tramodol came in. He looks good in a suit. He handed me a copy of Don DeLillo's, White Noise. "Read it," he said, strongly. What are the side effects of reading this? I wondered.

Notes From a Dive Bar

Alan Black | Posted 05.09.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Right after I poured her a gin and tonic, and squeezed extra limes in the bubbles, she asked, why are you so miserable? She was training to be a therapist. But I wasn't bitter. I told her I owned a less than stellar I.Q and she was mistaking misery for a lack of brains.

NYC'S 10 Best Rooftop Bars

PureWow | Posted 06.29.2015 | New York

What we lack in laundry convenience, we make up for in cocktails with a killer view.

The 8 Greatest Tiki Bars In America

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

The first tiki bar, Don the Beachcomber, opened in Los Angeles in 1933; it started a sensation as celebrities were regularly spotted sipping mai tais, eating pu pu platters, and listening to ukulele tunes.

Six of the Best Illinois Bars Outside of Chicago

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.15.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While Chicago might have the most famous bars of any other town in Illinois, other cities around the state have their fair share of watering holes, neighborhood joints and dive spots. Here are six great Illinois bars outside of Chicago, as compiled by Thrillist and accompanied by reviews from Yelp.

6 Mother's Day Gifts That Mom Actually Wants

Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents

Another gift-giving holiday is upon us, and this time it’s Mom’s turn to be pampered and showered with attention. However, the perfect gift for he...

The Most Iconic Bar In Every State (And DC)

Thrillist | Posted 06.13.2015 | Taste

These 51 bars have stood the test of time, broken bottles, and health inspections, and they keep bringing the crowds back in.

5 Best Sports Bars to Watch the NCAA Tournament | Posted 06.03.2015 | Taste

Of course, a pitcher of beer and a basket of wings can only add to the excitement.

Chefs' Guide to Grand Cayman | Video

Find. Eat. Drink. | Posted 06.03.2015 | Travel
Find. Eat. Drink.

Pristine sand, crystal clear waters and epic diving -- but Grand Cayman is also one of the culinary capitals of the Caribbean.

17 Top Bartenders' Desert Island Cocktails

Thrillist | Posted 06.01.2015 | Taste

It's tough to select one drink to be stuck with on a proverbial desert island. To find out which drinks truly have the most staying power, we polled a group of esteemed cocktail experts to name the one drink they'd marry until death do them part.