There are times, when searching for a dive bar to visit, that doing the research makes you think twice about heading there. Then you tell people where you are planning to go, and they give you questioning looks and wish you luck. Not so much for the bar, but for the neighborhood you are entering. Fortunately, the group of people assembled for the task are intrepid adventurers and really relaxed people. Driving to the Double Deuce on a Friday night, we really had no idea what to expect. What we found shocked us all! That is a good hook, right? The Double Deuce Bar and Pizza Place is an … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Thursday – Double Deuce
Anyone who has ever sat down for a session of games knows the drill. The players all gather around a table, or several tables, and start to spread out cards, dice, and meeples. Beverages are chilling in the fridge, and friendly banter is flowing. Then the games begin. Sometimes you sit down to a long, intense game of Arkham Horror. It could be a night of a few quick games of Ticket to Ride, Smash Up, or King of Tokyo. Or you look at the four games just mentioned and wondered what the hell are you playing. When you started gaming, it was Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Of course, … [Read more...] about Being A Nerd Is Not Dead: Welcome D20!
Scouting locations for Dive Bar Tuesday is usually pretty straight forward. We listen to the readers, make lists, and visit the sites as time allows. More often than not when we arrive, there is no doubt we are going to a dive bar. The location is small and usually hidden, there is not lots of light, and the people we see know each other. The first one we attended, Miami Valley Sports Bar, was the only venue we visited where we started to question if it had jumped to the next level. There was good food, plenty of room, and they were in the process of expanding and making the place better. Is … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Tuesday – Mack’s Tavern
In 1865, a mathematician named Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (His pen name was Lewis Carroll.) wrote a book about a little girl who has an amazing adventure in a faraway land. Alice’s adventures begin when she spies a white rabbit run by as she is drowsily listening to her sister. The rabbit is in a petticoat and muttering about how late he is as he stares at his watch. She follows him into his rabbit hole, and that is where her adventures in Wonderland begin. Ever since that book, the white rabbit has been a symbol of diving into something mysterious with a fantastic payoff. Adrienne’s White … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Tuesday – Adrienne’s White Rabbit Lounge
After an extended hiatus, we are back! Of course, that is one of the best things about any good dive bar you go to. Any bar, really. They become more than a place to just get a drink after work; you get to know the bartenders. You start to discover that other patrons are from a town near yours, or enjoy Game of Thrones as much as you do, or weep quietly every Sunday after a Browns loss. Whether you go to the best wine bar in town or a venue where their craft beer is Budweiser Lime-A-Rita, you are going for more than the product they are offering. You are going for the comfortable feeling it … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Tuesday – Diplomat Lounge
When I lived in Baton Rouge it was common knowledge that the best Boudin Sausage could be found at a roadside gas station on Airline Highway between the capital city and New Orleans. Last year in Kansas City I had the best "burnt ends" at Joe's. Joe's is a working gas station where the line for BBQ is an hour long most afternoons. It should have been no surprise that the best Fried Chicken in Kettering can be found at Town and Country Shell Gas Station on the corner of Far Hills and Stroop Road. For months, I have kept this little bit of information to myself. Great fried chicken and … [Read more...] about Lunch from a Gas Station?
We love to get excited about things becoming bigger and better. We watch the places that follow all the trends, trying desperately to either keep up with them or get ahead of what they are doing. More craft beers, larger cocktail menus, more and more food options. All of it in the name of trying to attract more customers. That may be the expected thing to do when you own a bar or restaurant, but it is not always the right thing. Occasionally the right thing is to be the solid rock in a sea of changing tastes. Sure Shots has been following this path for as long as I have been stopping in, and … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Tuesday – Sure Shots
Since the team started working on Dive Bar Tuesdays, one bar has been at the top of our list to get to sooner than later. It is one that we all discovered while working together and we had been attending for a while. The location was relatively central to where we all lived, the food and drink prices were right, and the atmosphere was incredibly relaxed. Schedules did not align, especially since on Tuesday nights the bar was packed. Packed to the point people were making reservations. Reservations? In a dive bar? When Tuesday Night Trivia is so popular that majority of the tables in the place … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Tuesday – Phone Booth Lounge
“The history of the bourbon industry is a rich one that mirrors the history of America.” These words were written by Michael Veach in his most recent book, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage. Bourbon was officially designated as “America’s Native Spirit” in 1964 through a bill which may also mark the last time Congress agreed on anything. Not all whiskey gets to be bourbon. The whiskey has to be made in the United States (though over 90% of all bourbon is made in Kentucky) and it has to contain at least 51% corn in the grains used to distill it. Only pure water can be added to … [Read more...] about A Mash of Wisdom – Michael Veach and The Filson Bourbon Academy