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Dr. Seuss' magnum opus, "Green Kegs and Ham," contains two of my all-time favorite lines in literature: "Summer shouldn't be a bummer. There is usually sun—and if beer is near, there is always fun!" In honor of those uplifting words from the legendary author and illustrator, whose rollicking rhymes also enlivened classic beer-themed children's books like "The Cat in the Hat Drinks His Brew From A Shoe," "How the Grinch Stole My Christmas Beer!,"...
In a lengthy and decadent life of bar-going (I’ve been over 21 for a while now, though the best bouncers know to still ask for ID), I’ve had a string of favorite spots. Like an adored song played repeatedly until it can be tolerated no more, these bars were my go-tos—if I was going out, I was going to them. After all, good, reliable, conveniently located bars can be better than a boyfriend or...
Bar Rescue is a trainwreck, but it's a trainwreck that is strangely and addictingly thirstquenching, one that stirs and shakes grandiosely to serve us an entertaining mix of intrigue, incompetancy, intensity, and inspiration, and always in under 60 minutes; I always return for another. The show, now in its fourth season on Spike TV, has a simple premise: A proclaimed-by-narrator-constantly “bar and nightlife expert" named Jon Taffer attempts to resuscitate severely mismanaged bars on...
A new Barcade, the fifth, recently opened on St. Marks Place in the East Village. When I meet here with Paul Kermizian, one of four owners of the aptly named quintet of (Bar + Arcade)s, though, my questions mostly pertain to their original location in Williamsburg. Opened in 2004, Brooklyn's is still my favorite of the five Barcades, where my love for Tapper began, and where I finally stopped attempting to play Paperboy, because I suck at...

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