September 17, 2009

When Someone Else is Drinking on Your Tab

I'm gonna drink your milkshake!Yesterday, we posted about the Who's Buying? iPhone application, dedicated to helping you and your friends decide who should pick up a tab at the end of the night. This morning, we noticed an excellent post from Jeffrey Morgenthaler about what to do if you start a tab, and the bartender lets someone else charge drinks to it (in this case, the bartender was actually charging her friends' drinks to the person's tab, hoping they wouldn't notice).

He makes some excellent points, gives some great advice, and even writes a letter to the bartender in question (or more to the point, to the management of that particular bar). His open letter is included below, but definitely check out the full post for his advice and some excellent comments from his readers.

Dear Bartender I've Never Met:

Hey, dumbshit. Some of us are trying to make a career out of this. And you're fucking it up for the rest of us who actually take our jobs seriously. Did you really think it was okay to just throw a bunch of shit on my friend Kat's tab without checking with her first? Do you think that anyone else, in any other business in the world, would let that kind of shit slide?

Here's what advice I'm giving Kat: First, I've suggested that she never, ever set foot in your bar again. You're reckless, unsafe, and a disgrace to the profession. However, if she decides not to heed my advice and does happen to pop in for a drink, I'm recommending that she pays for each drink, with cash, each time. And when she does, I want you to know that she's only doing it because she doesn't trust you.

Good luck to both of you. My readers and I all know you're going to need it.

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September 16, 2009

Who's Buying? iPhone App

whos_buying.pngDo you have one of those groups of friends where everyone fights over who gets to pick up the bar tab, out of the kindness of their hearts? We don't either. And neither, apparently, do the folks at Jet Set Games, because they've developed an iPhone app dedicated to helping you figure out who's going to foot the bill, without resorting to feats of strength or name calling.

There are three modes to help you make your decision, games of skill, luck, and/or fate. Because, in the words of the bard, "Peace sells, but who's buying?"

The Wheel:
Reflexes floundering after a few too many? Sit back and let The Wheel decide your fate. Place your marks and watch as the monkey and his martini shaker decide Who's Buying...and who still has his clams.

Multiball:
Up to four players can jump in this Polynesian-themed game of ping-pong. The first to let a flaming ball in their goal will find their totem in the woodchipper and their wallet empty.

Bounce Back:
Take control of a tiki and blow your coconut into your opponent's goal in this Hawaiian-style air hockey game. Who's Buying? Well, that would be the first person to swallow.

Available at the iPhone App Store; more info on Jet Set's Who's Buying page.

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June 30, 2009

The Soup of the Day is Whiskey

whiskey_soup_of_the_day.jpgExcuse me, miss, what's the soup du jour? The Soup of the Day. Mmmm...sounds good, think I'll have that.

via Top Cultured

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June 16, 2009

Booze Cruise Watch

booze_cruise_watch.jpgThis isn't the kind of thing we usually post, but we need a new watch, and something overcame us to search for booze watches. We came up with this Tommy Bahama Booze Cruise watch, which sort of fits the bill. The price is right, it looks durable, and it's water resistant in case you fall off the side of the boat while doing a keg stand. Not that that's ever happened to us of course...

Tommy Bahama Men's Booze Cruise Watch

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June 10, 2009

LiquorSnob Presents: America's Best Dive Bars Volume 2

dive_bars_2.jpgWell, we suppose we've given you enough time since America's Best Dive Bars Volume 1 to keep you wanting more, so here we are with volume two. This series is currently being written by one of our road interns, and while he usually spends his time writing about music festivals we find he knows his way around a bar too, the divier the better.

He rates the bars he hits on his travels on the things we think qualify a good dive bar, both objective (how's the jukebox? how greasy is the food? and most importantly, do they serve PBR?) and subjective (does the bartender have a drink named after him or her? are you slightly afraid you'll get stabbed or catch Hep C there?). Check out how LA's Power House, the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Bozeman, and Seattle's own Night Lite measure up after the jump. And as always, if you know of a great dive bar, make sure to let us know about it in the comments.

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September 9, 2008

Pop Quiz: The Lady Lushes of TV

lady_lushes_quiz.jpgGet out your thinking caps and your old issues of TV Guide, because we've found a puzzle that'll exercise both. The folks at Ayyyy.com have put together a puzzle where you need to figure out who these 10 pixelated, hard-drinking ladies of TV are. We'd guess but we don't watch drunks on TV when we can just look in a mirror.

Check it out and head over to Ayyyy.com to guess; answers will be posted tomorrow.

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September 2, 2008

Delicious Sedition with Mutineer Magazine

mutineer_magazine.jpgRick over at Martini Groove just covered a cool-looking new magazine called Mutineer, and we thought we'd share it with you. Looks like this rag's right up our alley, with good advice, humor, and a little bit of attitude.

Take a bit of Maxim, add some A.D.D., throw in some comic book stylings, then get drunk. Now you know how they came up with Mutineer Magazine.

This magazine is not for the Master Mixologist trying to create a drink by learning the techniques of Molecular Gastronomy. This one's for today's cocktail crowd that wants to learn a bit more, branch out a bit, and have a bit more fun.

Mutineer Magazine [via Martini Groove; make sure to head over there because he's got a "super secret" link to their first issue]

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August 22, 2008

LiquorSnob Presents: America's Best Dive Bars, Volume 1

ehkatie.jpgThis summer we sent our interns on the road to bring us liquor news from around the country. We knew we should've put LoJacks on them, because they disappeared for the first three weeks, then surfaced with this report out of the South.

Seems they've decided to focus their research on the best dive bars in America. You know the type of place. Cheap drinks, shit plastered all over the walls, a water stained pool table, and a damn good jukebox. Plus, we finally got to realize our dream of using the words "insufferable douche" on the site.

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August 21, 2008

Kupe Bourbon Barrel Furniture

uhuru_kupe_barrel_table.jpgWe've never made a secret out of the fact we love Bourbon. To paraphrase Beerfest, we wish it were winter so we could freeze it into ice blocks and skate on it and melt it in the spring time and drink it. But one thing we never thought of doing was using it for furniture.

Luckily, the folks at Uhuru Design in NYC took care of that thinking for us - their Kupe (as in Dutch for "cooper," or barrel maker) is made of old bourbon aging barrels, and some of the pieces are pretty striking.

While many people have repurposed barrels for other uses, our intent is to work with the material in striking new ways. We begin by dismantling the barrels into to individual pieces, the staves, metal bands, and circular heads. We explore how these parts can work together to create a simple functional design while retaining the individual characteristics and natural colors of the aged wood from the original barrels, thus creating a new vernacular. We even hoped to impart some sense of the added quality of working with the barrel parts In our Red Hook shop where the sweet scent of bourbon permeates the process.
We like the sweet scent of bourbon! Do you think they'll let us swing by and sniff their shop? We promise not to lick...too much.

more at Uhuru Design

Picture via Apartment Therapy

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July 15, 2008

Pint Works Irish Pub Wall Clock

As some of you already know, the Liquor Snobbers hold a secret dream they will one day own a pub of their own. Yes, we know with our lax work ethic and tendency to consume our own product (did we learn nothing from New Jack City?), the Liquor Snob Saloon and Hard Drinkery for Getting Arsefaced will probably never happen. But, if it does, we will most definitely hang this clock on the wall.

Pint Works Irish Pub Wall Clock

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