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In honor of North Carolina declaring April "Beer Month" you should know about this itsy-bitsy authentic beer parlour that we found in the capital of beer -- Brussels.
Even if you’re not a huge fan of the brewskie, it would pretty much be sacrilege not to go to a beer tavern in Brussels, the place of pilgrimage for many a beer-lover. There are beer halls, taverns and cafés aplenty, but if you want to go to a quirky original populated by locals rather than tourists, La Fleur en Papier Doré is the place.
This small tavern and café, dating from the middle of the 1700s, was once a convent and we suspect that the good nuns who lived there took a nip or two of the stuff in their time. Later it became a haunt of the Surrealist artistes –- René Magritte’s crowd. This artistic group, and the other writers and artists who followed, apparently liked to indulge in more drink than they could afford. All you need to do when you’re at La Fleur en Papier Doré is look up at the drawings and paintings crowding the jam-packed walls to see how cash-strapped artists paid their overdue bills in kind. As a shout-out to its past, the tavern still hosts exhibitions and writer’s evenings.
We headed there on a sweltering hot August summer day to find a cool cave fronted by a super-friendly barmaid. We picked a table in the back and settled in for what was to be a lesson in the history of Belgian beers. (Pics of this little gem follow below!)
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Aside from the opportunity to gawk at power boats, mega-yachts and all the tanned, leathery rich people who own them, the five-day event is a great excuse to drink alongside sailors and said tanned rich people. After all, you never know when you may get an invitation to party on someone's yacht.
Here are our top picks for where to drink during Boat Show weekend:
1. Monty's: This outdoor raw bar with a pool is located at the Miami Beach Marina, making it an awesome year-round choice for tiki-bar drinks and stone crabs. This weekend, it will be a zoo, but in the merriest of ways. Considering the cost of some of the boats docked alongside it, Monty's is refreshingly laidback and often rowdy.
While this won't do much to undermine rumors that Washington, DC is a city of frat boys and sorority girls pretending to be adults, we have to confess that we find ourselves a little bit intrigued. The city's Dirty Martini barutterly predictable slogan, "Come Clean. Leave Dirty"has unveiled their new "Big Dirty" martini option, which allows customers to supersize any cocktail on the menu to 48 ounces.
The biggest story on the internet yesterday seemed too impossible and too unbelievable to ever be true--some absent-minded Apple employee left a prototype for the new Apple iPhone in bar and it subsequently landed in the hands of tech site, Gizmodo. We admit when we first read Gizmodo's story yesterday, we laughed to ourselves. Sure, someone just happened to leave it in a bar for a Gizmodo blogger to find.
Although the story is a little more complicated--someone else actually found the iPhone and Gizmodo paid $5,000 for it--the truth remains--some absent-minded Apple employee actually did leave a prototype for the new Apple iPhone in a bar.
While we're curious as to how said absent-minded employee is faring in the wake of the leak, we're turning our attention to the bar where he left the iPhone behind.
Gizmodo has revealed the place of the most unfortunate tech incident of this decade to be the Gourmet Haus Staudt & Beer Garden Staudt in Redwood City, Calif.
Check out the leaked iPhone 4G photos from Gizmodo and more, after the jump
New York City's fave "neospeakeasy" has become mainstream to the chagrin of some of its regulars. Besides the amazing drink menu created by Jim Meehan, Please Don't Tell's greatest asset is its "secret" entrance inside the hot dog joint Crif Dogs on St. Mark's Pl. The phone booth entry not only makes patrons feel like they are experiencing something special, it has also filtered out those who weren't in the know.
Mixologist Jim Meehan has been well known to drink connoisseurs for some time but now he's bringing his talent, and his secret bar, to the forefront. Jim was recently featured on the Travel Channel and last week he made a high profile appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On the show, Jim spilled all of his secrets, like how to make one of his signature drinks, a Tequila Highball, and where to find his hidden bar.
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There’s a lot of busy airports around the country today, but hopefully you’ve already made your way through the terminal and are reading this thanks to free in-flight WiFi. If that’s not the case, here’s a few places to relax within some of the nation’s busiest airports.
· LaGuardia Airport - New York City:
The airports in New York are always stressful; after all, they are full of New Yorkers trying to get out of town. If the weather or air traffic has you stuck for a few, take a moment to relax at the Fox Sports Bar and Restaurant in the Delta Terminal. It’s not going to make the list of airport bests, but there’s plenty of beer on tap and you’ll be able to watch football despite being miles away from your home. If anything can cure a Thanksgiving disaster it’s a few beers and some football.
More stress reducing establishments after the break
Barkers are a fixture in just about every nightlife district in the world, pacing the sidewalks in front of bars, restaurants, and strip clubs in an attempt to bring in customers. Usually they're harmless, but the more aggressive touts can be downright obnoxious, putting their arms around pedestrians and doing everything in their power short of kidnapping to get them into their establishments. Some officials in New Orleans believe that their fair city has far too many aggressive barkers, and they're looking to get rid of them. As the AP points out, an ordinance was passed 25 years ago that explicitly outlaws barkers, but it has been only rarely enforced until today.
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All good things must come to an end, and such is the case with the bartending career of Angelo Cammarata. At 95 years young, he's the world's oldest bartender, but he plans to finally throw in the bar towel some time in the next couple of weeks. As an interesting AP story points out, Cammarata served his first drink - a bottle of Fort Pitt beer - at his father's grocery store just moments after Prohibition was repealed in 1933. He's been slinging the sauce ever since and only rarely indulges in alcohol himself, one of those secrets to a long life that we'd rather not hear on a Saturday.
As we mentioned last week, there's just something about drinking in a museum that feels so wrong but oh, so right. So while there’s still some summer sunshine to go around, we figured we’d take a look at a few of our favorite in-museum watering holes.
Unquestionably near the top of the list is the martini bar at the Museum of Metropolitan Art’s roof garden. To get to this artsy drinkers’ oasis, enter through the main museum entrance, but of course don’t pay the tourist-only “suggested admission” of $20 – they’ll let you in for as little as a penny (OK well, don’t be that much of a cheapskatea few dollars maybe?) Then head up to the fifth floor, where the martini bar opens everyday at 5:30 p.m.
While this has to be called a “martini bar” for sophistication's sake, they actually serve all types of drinks, including frozen margaritas, piña coladas, and strawberry daiquiris. The real draw, of course, is watching the sunset over Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
· Martini Bar at the Met [Official Site]
· New York Museum Adds Pop-Up Wine Bar With Central Park Views [Jaunted]
· Prohibition Comes With A Free Drink At New York's City Museumr [Jaunted]
AMC’s Emmy-winning drama Mad Men is returning for a third season on August 16, after the show’s first two seasons drew lots of acclaim but not nearly as many viewers. But it looks like plenty of viewers have been catching up on the DVDs during the show’s hiatus, because Mad Men is starting to cross that threshold from just another cable show everyone says you should be watching to a genuine cultural zeitgest.
Case-in-point: hip Boston watering hole Noir Bar will be greeting the new season with a Mad Men series premier party.
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The latest issue of the New York Times's fancy T magazine is out this weekend, with trend-spotting stories on such destinations as Palm Springs and London, but I couldn't get past what it bills as the World's Biggest Bar Crawl. The story originates in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the annual Tales of the Cocktail convention had just ended with its traditional jazz funeral. In this case, the deceased wasn't a person, but a cocktail whose demise was to be celebrated in New Orleans fashion with a jazz band and revelers twirling parasols. After the Red-Headed Slut (Jaegermeister, peach-flavored schnapps and cranberry juice) was laid to rest, the author provided a very helpful list of bars around the world where you're unlikely to ever see her resurrection, or that of her cloying contemporary, the Apple Martini.
While most Washingtonians have been pretty happy with the buzz the Obama administration has brought their town over the last six months, they’ve also been quietly mourning the loss of the city’s most awe-inspiring drinking spot: the rooftop bar at the top of the legendary Hotel Washington.
Across the street from the White House, the hotel’s terrace was indisputably the best spot to wow out-of-towners with a stiff martini and a view stretching miles around. So we’re happy to report the bar is now officially back—and officially a lot cooler in its new incarnation.
The hotel reopened this week as DC’s first W Hotel, and the rooftop space has been reconceived as POV, a sleek cocktail lounge helmed by Sasha Petraske of NYC’s Milk & Honey, which means you won’t see many guests going for that stiff martini anymore. Instead, there’s a fruit-and-vegetable juicing station inside the bar, so you can spike your cocktail with some freshly-made strawberry lemonade. The views, thankfully, are exactly the same.
· POV [Official Site]
· While Kobe Hits the Beach, LeBron Does DC [Jaunted]
· The 'Congress of Cool' Will Convene at W Washington DC Tomorrow [HotelChatter]
[Photo: Starwood Hotels]