In honor of Halloween, the Whiskey Goldmine thought it would be a good idea to warn our readers whether or not their favorite watering hole was occupied by demons, ghostly ghouls, portals to hell, or just playful poltergeists. The list below is a compilation of the scariest places to have a drink. You might not be scared, but the walking dead have been known to take advantage of the inebriated so watch your step.
Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA
The Broad Axe Tavern/Inn/Hotel dates back to 1681 and is the 2nd oldest tavern in the United States. According to local legend a ghost named Rachel haunts the Broad Axe Tavern. The story goes that Rachel was the daughter of one of the owners. She and her family lived on a farm behind the Broad Axe Tavern. A group of men left the Broad Axe one night after one too many drinks and were taunting her. Fleeing from the inebriated men, she ran into the bathroom of the tavern and she was never seen again. She is said to be most active when there is any sort of construction going on at the Tavern. There are stories of people being pushed down flights of stairs, being knocked over with a tray full of food when nothing was around them. Sightings of Rachel in the 3rd floor windows have been reported by people when driving by the tavern. Whiskey Goldmine headquarters is right down the block from the Broad Axe, maybe we’ll stop in and by Rachel a drink.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea Restaurant and Bar , NY, NY
This restaurant and bar used to be the carriage house of the former U.S. Vice-President, Aaron Burr, who is famous for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. It is believed that he haunts this restaurant to this day. Many visitors and restaurant employees have observed flying dishes and chairs being pulled out from under patrons. Burr’s daughter, Theodosia Burr Alston, who vanished off the coast of North Carolina en route to visit her father in New York, is also rumored to haunt the carriage house. Female patrons at the bar are rumored to have had their earrings removed by Theodosia.
Pirate’s House, Savannah, GA
The Pirates’ House first opened in 1753, as an inn and tavern for the merchant marines, sailors and for the less than stellar Savannah citizens, English and French privateers. It is the oldest building in Savannah. In this very establishment negotiations were made by shorthanded ships’ masters to shanghai unwary seamen to complete their crews. Stories still persist of a tunnel extending from the Old Rum Cellar beneath the Captain’s Room to the river through which these men were carried, drugged, and unconscious, to ships waiting in the harbor. Robert Louis Stevenson is said to have been inspired by this house, and wrote a segment of his novel, Treasure Island in 1881 basing some of the characters on the clientele. Employees have experienced seeing fleeting apparitions of entities out of the corner of their eyes. Laughter has been heard coming from the 2nd floor and the chairs and place settings have been rearranged during the night after the restaurant closes for the evening. An apparition of surly male, dressed like a 18th or early 19th century sea man has been seen as well as entity of a scar-faced apparition of a rough privateer, called Captain Flint.
Cafe Lafitte in Exile, New Orleans, LA
Lafitte’s is the oldest Gay bar in the country and has a long and interesting history. Famous ghost that have been said to have been encountered or be seen near or at Cafe Lafitte in Exile include Marie Laveau, Jean Lafitte and his brother, also Truman Capote, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Tennesee Williams, Huey P. Long, and Louis Armstrong. The Dance floor is said to be a popular place to spot a ghost or while shooting Pool. The ghost of a man the regulars call “Mr. Bubby” is said to be a frisky ghost and has been known to pinch a butt or two. Many locals, Ghost hunters and tourist have reported seeing ghosts spotted ghosts wandering the balcony that surrounds the second floor over looking Bourbon Street and Dumaine. Ghostly figures are said to walk upon it and even wave to tourist or holler out at many a passerby then just disappear.
Moss Beach Distillery, Moss Beach, CA
The building was used as a speakeasy during prohibition and a woman who worked here was married to a seaman but had an affair with the piano player. When thr husband returned from Alaska and found out about the affair, he murdered his wife on the beach below the distillery. Many strange events have been documented since that time that can not be explained such as mysterious phone calls from no one, levitating checkbooks, locked rooms from the inside without any other means of entry, women diners losing one ear ring and then several of these are found in one place weeks later, date tampering with computers, sightings by small children.
Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, Kentucky
According to urban legends and modern folklore, the location of Bobby Mackey’s Music World allegedly houses a “gateway to hell”. The site was originally used as a slaughterhouse in the early 19th century and later torn down for the construction of a roadhouse that took on various names and ownership. It is reportedly haunted by several unsettled spirits including Pearl Bryan, whose headless corpse was found in a field near the club. It is said that Bryan’s murderers were Satanists who cursed the location and vowed to haunt everyone involved in prosecuting the case. Another woman who met a sad end at this establishment was a dancer named Johanna. She committed suicide after her father murdered her lover, a singer at the club. Workers have noted that lights turned themselves on and off, usually late at night. There were also stories of an old jukebox repeatedly playing “Anniversary Waltz”, even when it was unplugged from the wall. Visitors have heard people laughing, voices talking, and things moving on their own. There are also stories of full body apparitions that haunt Bobby Mackey’s Music World. One is an angry looking man who stands behind the bar and others have claimed to see a headless female ghost, who matches the description of Pearl Bryan.
White Eagle Cafe, Saloon & Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Built around 1905 the White Eagle tavern has served as a tavern as well as a brothel, the establishment at one time held the nickname Bucket of Blood. As the Port area developed, more sailors off the ships also began to call The White Eagle their place to enjoy alcoholic beverages, good grub and other pleasures of society. Tradition says that male customers were sometimes shanghaied onto ships who needed men. Supposedly, there was an underground tunnel from the basement of the building which led outside. This route was taken by the kidnapping thugs who transported the men to the ship who were incapacitated in some way. Unexplainable incidents have been reported such as when a waitress was going to the basement and felt someone push her-twice. As she fell down the steps, she got the attention of the bartender and bouncer. When the two reached the bottom of the stairs, they discovered a mop and bucket had been thrown down after them. In another occurrence, one of the former owners reported hearing someone upstairs crying. When he went upstairs to see what was going on, the crying was so strong, the hairs on his back were raised. The man ran across the street and saw a glowing figure in the window from whence the crying came. No one has been near that room in thirteen years. Most recently, there are reports of flushing toilets, whispering voices, moving furniture, and loose change with mint dates over forty years old.
Red Lion Pub, Chicago, IL
The Red Lion Pub building was originally built in 1882, just a few years after the great fire. John Dillinger saw his last movie in the Biograh Theater, located across the street from The Red Lion, before he was gunned down by the G- men right outside the theater. Al Capone and his thugs hung out in this neighborhood during Prohibition. In the 1940′s, Red Lion Inn building was a “Wild West-type” saloon that “respectable” people stayed out of. The building was rescued from disrepair by a well-known Chicago architect, John Cordwell, an Englishman who decided to renovate and turn it into an English Pub. Stories of ghostly activities include objects being moved in closed rooms, voices are heard when no one is present, there are cold spots, invisible touches, and ladies getting locked in the women’s restroom…only to be released after a few minutes with nobody around. Apparitions that have been observed by patrons and staff include a man in cowboy clothing, a man who sometimes walks up the stairs the through the downstairs bar, a blond-haired man and a bearded man wearing a black hat.
Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, in Tombstone, AZ
Built in 1881 this saloon was originally named the Grand Hotel and owned by Mary Katherine Harmony, aka “Big Nose Kate, who was the town’s 1st prostitute and Doc Holliday’s girlfriend. The Clantons and the McLaurys had stayed here the night before three of them were killed at the shoot out at the OK corral, which occurred on Wednesday, October 26, 1881 around 3:00 pm. With such a rich history it is no surprise that there are reportings of active spirits. Staff, locals and tourists alike have seen an old miner, nicknamed “Swamper” roaming the halls, stairways, and especially the basement. Legend claims that the he hid his silver somewhere in the building and returns to protect it. Other witnesses have claimed to have heard phantom people singing and talking in deserted rooms, reported that things fall to the floor of their own accord, doors open and close with unseen hands, lights turn on and off by themselves, and silverware has been known to go flying off tables. The mannequins on the false balcony have seemingly moved and sometimes even tossed from the balcony. Areas in the saloon also experience extreme cold spots and gusts of cold air.
King’s Tavern, Natchez, MS
Kings Tavern is the oldest standing building in Natchez, being erected before 1789. Along with being a tavern and inn, it was also the city’s first post office. Richard King, owner of the tavern, was a prominent man in Natchez of that day. .In the 1930s, workers were expanding the fireplace and tore out the chimney wall. They found a space behind the wall that contained the skeletal remains of three bodies: two men and one woman. Laying on the floor was a jeweled dagger, which was assumed to have been used in their demise. The woman is thought to have been Madeline, Richard King’s mistress. As the story goes, when his wife found out about the affair, she had Madeline killed and bricked into the fireplace in the main dining room. Who the two male skeletons are is anyone’s guess… much of the supernatural mischief today is blamed on Madeline, however. An apparition of a young woman has appeared in front of patrons and staff. Water faucets and lights turn on and off without any help from living hands. Jars have fallen off of shelves for no apparent reason. Water has actually been seen pouring from the ceiling area to the floor below, leaving no sign of a leak in the roof or the floor above. The chairs that are hanging on the wall are said to rock and move of their own accord. The fireplace where the bodies were found will emit heat as if it had been burning wood, although it isn’t in use. Women’s footprints can be seen on freshly mopped floors. Another entity of a man with a top hat who has been described as sinister has appeared to staff.
Philadelphia: Maybe the Best Tomato Pie City in the Country
By Matt Goldstein
For those not familiar with the tomato pie, it’s a classic Philadelphia delicacy and usually served square, cold and with no cheese. When done correctly, it’s one of the best pizzas you can have. With Baker St., Corropolese and Sarcone’s, one would be hard pressed to find a better city for tomato pie. Check out our Top 5 Tomato Pies in Philly and let us know how it stacks up to the best.
1. Baker St. Bread Company
The Baker St. tomato sauce is made with oregano, shredded parmesan, fresh roasted garlic, a little sugar to kill the bitterness & acidity, with a light Focaccia dough crust, airy but crisp on the edges. Made with all natural ingredients, the sauce is not too much but just enough; it’s perfectly balanced. Many people in the Philly area rave about Corropolese Bakery being the best, but in all honesty it’s not even close. Baker St. crushes! Baker St also has an amazing spinach & ricotta pie which is just as good as the tomato pie. Baker St. Bread Company is located on Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia.
2. Sarcone’s Deli
Sarcone’s is a san marzano tomato pie with chunks of plum tomato marinated in garlic, olive oil and other spices. On top of a thick crusted Sicilian crust is hands down one of the best we’ve ever had. It’s a close 2nd to Baker St.. Not only does Sarcone’s have one of the best tomato pies in the city but Sarcone’s has the best Italian hoagies. Yup, I said it; the best Italian hoagies in the city no question about it. They don’t use slices of cheese; they use big fat chunks of cheese. It’s absolutely ridiculous! Sarcone’s is also where many sanwhich shops by their bread because it’s widely regarded to have the best rolls in the city. Sarcone’s is located at 758 S 9th St in Philadelphia.
3. A Taste of Italy
Not only does a Taste of Italy have excellent tomato pie but their hoagies and sandwiches also rival any spot in the Philadelphia area, even Sarcone’s. The whole menu at A Taste of Italy is filled authentic gourmet Italian cuisine and the market is packed with gourmet Italian imported oils and pastas. We recommend A Taste of Italy for their pizzas, sandwiches, platters, catering and just about everything. You might want to pre-order the tomato pies with as much notice as possible. A Taste of Italy is located at 901 Bethlehem Pike in Springhouse PA.
4. Corropolese Deli
With the biggest and best reputation for tomato pie in the Philadelphia area, the people must know what they’re talking about. The Corropolese Deli serves up a sheet of tomato pie with 30 slices that can feed a whole party for $13. It’s a great sweet pie! Corropolese also has excellent pepperoni bread, spinach bread and roast beef. Located at 2014 Old Arch Rd in Norristown, PA.
5. Marchiano’s Bakery LLC
Voted the best of Philly in 2006 and for good reason, the Marchiano’s Bakery makes an outstanding tomato pie. Marchiano’s also makes great stuffed bread such as the pepper & egg bread, pepperoni bread and meatball bread. Marchiano’s is located at 4653 Umbria Street in Manayunk Philadelphia.
Our in house rock n rolla, grill master and Gourmonster extraordinaire Larry Kay has compiled a list of the top 10 punk rock drinking songs. From the Dead Kennedys to Black Flag and the Damned, check out some of these great video clips of all time punk rock classics. Unable to narrow the list down to 10, here are the top 14 punk rock songs about drinking in no particular order.
In part one of the Whiskeygoldmine Vodka Trials, we took three staples of the American vodka consumer, Stoli, Absolut and Skyy. Like most vodkas consumed in America, these staples are made from grain. Stoli is distilled in Russia, Absolut in Sweden, and Skyy in the United States.
The Stoli Vodka Martini
In 1972 at the height of the Cold War, the Unites States & Russia reached a trade deal for Pepsi Cola and Stolichnaya Vodka. We won’t say which, but one of those countries definitely got the short end of the stick. In 1985 when Gorbachev instituted Perestroika, Stolichnaya became open to the West. Made from wheat, rye and glacier water, Stoli is considered to be the classic Russian vodka. In our first Whiskeygoldmine vodka taste test, Stolichnaya crushed the competition. The Stolichnaya Vodka martini has a great bite with a thin and beautiful vodka flavor. The Stoli is sweet, dry and very complex. There is an overall excellence about this vodka and it separated itself from the pack. Stoli beat out Absolut and Skyy vodkas with ease.
The Absolut Vodka Martini
Created over 130 years ago, every drop of Absolut comes from a small village in Ahus, Southern Sweden. Absolut appeared in America in 1979 and by 2007, Absolut was the fourth largest selling liquor brand in the world behind Smirnoff, Bacardi and Johnnie Walker. The Absolut martini has a solid bite, bitter aftertaste and good finish. With a thick mouth feel and a taste of sweet syrup and vanilla, the dry and pleasantly smooth aftertaste makes for a solid vodka and solid martini. Absolut Vodka effortlessly beat out Skyy Vodka in our first vodka taste test.
Skyy Vodka Martini
Founded in 1992, Skyy Vodka is created with quadruple distillation, triple fermentation and reverse osmosis, and independent tests claim that Skyy has fewer impurities than any other vodka. Perhaps, the lack of impurities adds to the lack of character. Skyy has a thin vodka flavor, yet tangy with a good bite. We love bite in a vodka but Skyy seriously lacks of flavor and personality. Although Skyy is less expensive than Stoli and Absolut, there are many vodkas at this price range that are much better than Skyy such as Svedka, Prairie, Danzka and Luksosawa.
The number 4 of our Cognac trial, the Courvoisier VS, was simply very good. The VS has great bite, distinctive flavor but yet is still smooth like an exceptionally aged Cognac. Also aged a little longer than the average VS, which is at least 2 years, the Courvoisier has a great aroma. It’s a great buy for around $30.
Courvoisier VSOP Exclusif:
Although it’s an excellent Cognac, for around $50 per bottle, we expected a lot more out of the Courvoisier Exclusif. It was very enjoyable, but all four Cognacs above are a better buy. The Courvoisier web site claims that the Exclusif was designed to be mixed. Mixed? A mixer that costs $50? Please. You’re better off using a $15 brandy. You won’t know the difference, trust us. The Exclusif VSOP is also aged more than the average VSOP, hence the price. But it is a good Cognac none the less. The Exclusif really grows on you. It’s taken time for this Cognac to grow on us but after drinking the Courvoisier Exclusif on 6 different occasions, this drink is definitely elite.
Although a little too smooth and lacking a little bite, the Hennessy VS was still pretty good. It has a great nose and is just a solid Cognac. A collection of over 40 eaux de vie, the Hennessy VS is made from a recipe that has been around for 145 years. It’s a classic Cognac. This is a best buy pound for pound for your dollar.
Live rock and roll didn’t make it into bars in the US until the mid-’60s as clubs evolved from discotheques to live music venues. However, it wasn’t until the ’70s, and specifically the punk explosion that rock bars really came into their own. With the exception of the first five entries on this list, the remainder are in no particular order. The only real “rule” adhered to is that these are real bars, not big-ass clubs. A lot of these places have since closed but their reputation/legend lives on.
1. CBGB – NYC:
No question about it. The most important rock bar in America ever. If you need an explanation, there are a few hundred thousand web pages and a bunch books justifying the argument.
2. Max’s Kansas City – NYC – Predated CB’s by a decade, and only a hair less important.
3. Mabuhay Gardens – SF, CA. One of the first punk rock bars on the West Coast, the Mab ran from 1976-1988.
4. Emo’s – Austin, TX. The best live music venue in the US for almost two decades.
5. Raji’s – Los Angeles. As important to the LA scene of the ’80s and ’90s as CB’s was to New York in the ’70s and ’80s.
6. O’Kayz Corral – Madison, WI From the early ’80s until it burned down on New Year’s Day 2001, this dive was often referred to as “the CBGB’s of the Midwest.”
7. Brownie’s – Detroit. When Iggy played his return to Detroit in 1980, seven long years after the Stooges broke up, he did it at Brownie’s.
8. Continental – NYC. Like CB’s, but less bathroom graffiti and a better bar.
9. Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ. For over 20 years the only reason to willingly go to Hoboken.
10. Masquerade – Atlanta. Probably the best punk rock bar in the South for most of the ’80s and ’90s.
11. Double Down Saloon – Las Vegas. How can you question a bar whose most famous in-house concoction is called “Ass Juice.”?!
12. Khyber Pass – Philadelphia
13. Al’s Bar – Los Angeles
14. The Garage -Los Angeles
15. Berkeley Square – Berkeley, CA
16. Bottom Of The Hill – SF, CA
17. Off Ramp – Seattle
18. Court Tavern – New Brunswick, NJ
19. Euclid Tavern- Cleveland OH
20. Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
21. Tiger Mask – San Diego
22. 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis
22. Magic Stick – Detroit
23. Lounge Ax – Chicago
24. Upstairs At Nick’s – Philadelphia
25. Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
Honorable Mentions: Brass Rail – Ft. Wayne, IN; Crocodile – Seattle; Firenze Tavern – Philadelphia; JC Dobb’s – Philadelphia; Beerland, Austin, TX; 40 Watt – Athens, GA; Antenna Club – Memphis, TN; Hi-Dive – Columbus, OH; Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA; Double Door – Chicago
The next media crazed over-hyped cause is going to be energy drinks due to the Four-Loko debacle. I contend that much like cigarettes, they are not good for you. However, try coping with a crying baby from 2:30-5:30 AM, getting 45 minutes of sleep, going to work, coming home, feeding you kids, bathing your kids, and then finally putting them back to bed at 8:45 PM. That’s about a 18 hour day. I need a little caffeine brah. Or if you’re playing a tournament style, no limit, Texas hold’em poker tournament that is lasting into the wee hours of the morning. You need to stay sharp. Any minor mistake could cause you to lose a portion of your stack and dominance. Any edge is critical.
Most energy drinks contain some sort of combination of high amounts of sugar, caffeine, taurine, and guarana. Guarana, which is native to Brazil, is a plant that produces a small fruit the size of a coffee bean that packs more caffeine and more anti-oxidants that its rival. Taurine is an organic acid that is found naturally in the lower intestine and is said to stimulate brain wave function. Sugar and caffeine… we all know the effects. The combination of these fine chemicals allow the newly stressed out father to white knuckle his way through a 10 hour day at the office. So if you are standing in the refrigerator section of your 7-Eleven and staring at the 50 varieties of energy drinks, and you are not sure which one is right for you…No problem man, Whiskey Goldmine has got you covered.
We give you….
The Top 10 Energy Drinks
1. NOS Original Energy Drink:
– The bottle that this product is packaged in is supposed to resemble a high grade fuel supplement for your racing car. As far as the drink goes… it performs just as advertised. Stick with the original orange, the grape or fruit punch flavors actually lack punch.
- For those that work hard and play hard. You can party like a Rockstar the night before, slam one of these down in the morning, and go perform brain surgery, trade stocks, or build a rocket engine.
3. AMP Energy Juice:
-Unlike the original AMP made by the folks at Mountain Dew, AMP Energy Juice is actually mostly real juice. Instead of a thick syrup sugary soda with the caffeine, taurine, and guarana, its real orange juice with caffeine, taurine, and guarana.
4. AMP Green Tea:
-Amp Green Tea packs all the energy drink goodness compounded with the antioxidant goodness that green tea provides. If you are looking for a less sweet, slightly carbonated energy drink, this one may be for you.
5. Red Bull:
-One of the originators of the energy drink phenomenon. It tends to be sweet and tart. I think the best use for this beverage is mixing it with alcoholic drinks. (Responsibly of course, if your 19 your old fraternity dude drinks too much, its on him, don’t sue me.)
6. Monster Energy Drink:
-Unleash the beast. Monster tends to be sweet and tart like Red Bull. I give Red Bull the edge for being the trailblazer and being mixable with vodka.
7. Full Throttle:
-Made by the fine folks at Coca-Cola. Full Throttle is less tart than Red Bull or Monster but still pack that energy sweet goodness.
8. Jolt Ultra:
- I got to pay homage to Jolt, back in the day, they had the courage to double up on the caffeine in its cola before anybody else. The citrus flavor works best for me.
9. FRS Healthy Energy – If you are looking for a boost, but not the heart attack. This is your drink.
Drinking and singing (and singing about drinking) go together like peanut butter and jelly. You could have either of them alone, but when put together they make an inviting combination! Whiskey Goldmine has compiled 25 of our favorite drinking songs. From traditional Irish folk songs to rock, rap and of course, country; Grab your favorite drink and have a listen.
1. Whiskey in the Jar – the Pogues
The song’s exact origin is unknown but folk music historian Alan Lomax suggests that the song originated in the 17th century. Making it the oldest song on the list. It has been covered by many diverse artists including Metallica, the Dubliners and Jerry Garcia. It tells the tale of a thieving highwayman who, after robbing a military official, Captain Farrell, is then betrayed by a woman named Jenny who is either his wife or girlfriend. While the highwayman is sleeping, Jenny takes off with the stolen loot and rats him out to Captain Farrell. Who wouldn’t need a drink of whiskey after having that kind of day? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5WgYoRCs2U
2. Salt of the Earth- Rolling Stones
The songs first line goes, “Let’s drink to the hard working people, Lets drink to the lowly of birth. Raise your glass to the good and the evil, Lets drink to the salt of the earth”. In a 1970 interview Jagger said that the lyrics were written as “…total cynicism. I’m saying those people haven’t any power and they never will have.” The song became more poignant after Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performed this at the 2001 “Concert For New York,” which honored the rescue workers, cops, and firefighters in New York City after the World Trade Center disaster. With the economic down turn of the last few years the lyrics seems especially appropriate “to drink to the humble of birth.”
3. Alabama Song- The Doors
The song is also known as “Whisky Bar” or “Moon of Alabama”. It is a cover of a German song written in 1929 by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht for an opera that was called The Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahogany. Ray Manzarek played this record for the band and they loved it so much they decided to cover it for their first album. The song takes on a more literal meaning when you consider the alcoholic persona of Jim Morrison. Seems like he had a helluva time getting there anyway! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_d_VJbYAfc
4. Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind)” - Loretta Lynn
While this song doesn’t advocate drinking, it sure does accurately depict what can happen when your significant other stumbles in from a night on the town, be it a bachelor party or a cosmopolitan night with the girls. This was Loretta Lynn’s 1st number one hit in 1967. She followed it up with many other numbers one songs where she disses her drunken lout of a husband. You tell ‘em Lorett-ie!
5. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
This has become more than a song, it has become symbolic of laid-back, beach bum way of life that your average middle-class American dreams of living after they hit the lottery. Most people only get to revel in the warm climate, no worries, alcohol-induced haze when they get a chance to go on vacation in a tropical climate. Or to a lesser degree while attending a Jimmy Buffett concert in the summer months. We know that Jimmy is able to afford this leisurely lifestyle by charging $10 for a red stripe draft in Jamaica. _ 6. Gin and Juice- Snoop Dog_
7. 1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, 1 Beer – John Lee Hooker
8. There’s a Tear in My Beer- Hank Williams
9. I Drink Alone – George Thorogood_
10. Beer Beer Beer – Flogging Molly
11. In Heaven There Is No Beer – Soggy Bottom Boys
12. Spill The Wine -Eric Burden and War
13. Coconut- Harry Nilsson
14. Brass Monkey- Beastie Boys
15. Night Train -Guns N’ Roses
16. Have a Drink on Me- AC/DC
17. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere- Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
18. Cold Gin- Kiss
19. 40 Oz to Freedom – Sublime
20. Cracklin’ Rosie- Neil Diamond
21. Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time - Mickey Gilley
22. Too Drunk to Fuck- The Dead Kennedys
23. Why Don’t We Get Drunk- Jimmy Buffett
24. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers - ZZ Top
25. Pass The Courvoisier Part II – Busta Rhymes f/ P. Diddy & Pharrell
By Jim Barlieb, Jeremy Thomson, Joe Casey, Ari Hyman, Pat Smith, Don Corino, Paul Reiter, Tim Rodgers and Matt Goldstein
Inspector Renault and his police crew storm into Rick’s Café to shut down the bar. As Humphrey Bogart asks why he is being shut down, Inspector Renault emphatically states, “I’m shocked! Shocked there’s gambling going on in here.” Just then, a dealer walks over to the inspector and hands him his winnings. The Inspector says thanks and pockets the money.
2. Star Wars:
The classic cantina scene… Luke and Obi Wan walk into the bar and a trouble maker threatens Luke’s life for no reason at all. “I’ll be careful,” Luke explains. The crazy pig nose alien replies, “you’ll be dead!” To wit, Obi Wan steps in and the pig nose alien throws the young Luke to the side and tries to shoot the Jedi master. Obi Wan of course whips out the light saber and slices an arm off. The best part of the Cantina scene however is when Greedo, a bounty hunter for Jabba the Hut, pulls a gun out on Han Solo asking him for the money owed to Jabba the Hut. Han explains, “Tell Jabba I have the money.” When Greedo ask for Han to give him the money, Han explains, “Well, I don’t have the money with me.” Greedo wants to take Han back to Jabba. Meanwhile, Han fires a gun from under the table and blows Greedo away after he replies, “Over my dead body.”
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark:
The scene starts when Marion Ravenwood, the bar owner, played by Karen Allen, crushes a local Nepalese bar patron in a shot drinking contest. There is nothing hotter than a woman drinking shots of liquor! As Ravenwood closes up the bar, in walks Indiana Jones, the man who broke her heart 10 years earlier. Ravenwood punches Indiana right in the face. Indiana came to Nepal to find Ravenwood and get a priceless medallion that her father left her. The medallion also might be a key to finding the Ark of the Covenant. Of course, Indiana was followed by the Nazi’s and leads the evil empire right to the medallion. The Nazi’s then unsuccessfully try to negotiate for the medallion. They begin to rough her up and threaten to burn her. Indiana walks back into the bar. All hell breaks lose. Fist fights, shoot outs and Ravenwood pumping some lead into the muscle. The bar is on fire and everyone is dead besides Indiana and Ravenwood, they escape with the medallion.
Home from jail and ready to party, Billy Bats starts breaking Tommy’s balls about his shine box and how Tommy used to shine shoes and make the shoes look like ‘fuckin mirrors.’ An insulted Tommy replies, “no more shines Billy. I said no more shines. Maybe you didn’t here about it, you been away a long time, they didn’t go up there and tell ya. I don’t shine shoes anymore.” Billy tells Tommy to relax and that he just breakin’ his balls a little bit. “Sometimes you don’t sound like you’re kidding, ya know? There’s a lot of people around,” Tommy replies. They both apologize to each other. Billy waits a few seconds, takes a sip of Cognac and says, “Now go home and get your fuckin shine box!” An enraged Tommy is removed from the bar only to comeback later and murder Billy Bats.
5. Clockwork Orange:
In the opening scene and the opening shot of the film at the Milk bar, a close up of Alex gives the infamous and evil stare to the camera that is now the face of the legendary Kubrick classic. “There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim and we sat in the Korova Milk bar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova Milk Bar sold MilkPlus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence. Our pockets were full of money so there was no need on that score, but, as they say, money isn’t everything.” Well then Alex, on with the show.
6. Inglorious Bastards:
In WWII German occupied France, a few English spies sit at a bar table with a German officer. When the English spy, pretending to be German, orders drinks incorrectly and the German officer realizes he is sitting with a table of spies, the life seems to drain from his face. The German begins to breathe heavily, knowing people and maybe himself, are about to die. The German let the main English spy know that, just then, he has pointed a Walther pistol right at the Englishmen’s crotch. The Englishman tells the German that there was already a gun pointed at the German’s crotch as another spy points 2nd gun at the German’s crotch. They both know they are going to die. Before drinking a very expensive scotch, the Englishman asks, “Well if this is it old boy, I hope you don’t mind myself going out speaking of king’s.” The Englishman stops speaking German and begins speaking English, the language of King’s, the language of Henry the V. A shootout ensues.
Ya can’t take Begbie anywhere can you? When the heroin junkies are just trying to relax and have a drink, their crazy psycho friend Begbie throws his drink over the railing on the second floor and walks down the steps and starts a bar brawl.
8. Bronx Tale:
The legendary quote, “Now ya’s can’t leave.” The voice over Cologido kicks in, “I’ll never forget the looks on their faces, all eight of them. Their faces dropped. All the courage and strength was drained right from their bodies. They had a reputation for breakin’ up bars, but they knew that instant they made a fatal mistake. This time they walked into the wrong bar.” With the front door locked, a crew of Italian mobsters come out of the back room and beat the crap out of the biker gang.
By Ryan Burton, Doug Walters, Andy Marcus and Matt Goldstein
Hitting Vegas for the weekend?
Learn from the party professionals and shot drinking specialists on where to throw down, pick up the women and leave something behind in Vegas that you’ll be remembered by. We’re not giving you any poker tips because we plan on taking your money, but if you want to rock Vegas like you’ve got a set of stones than man up and make something happen.
1. Club XS, Encore
2. The Moon Bar, Palms
3. Pure, Caesars
4. Rum Jungle, Mandalay Bay
5. Drai’s, the Strip
6. Casino floor bar, Hard Rock
7. Ghostbar cocktail lounge, Palms Casino
8. LAX, the strip
9. The Artisan Café, Artisan Hotel
10. The Bar, off the strip
11. Minus 5 Ice Bar, Mandalay Bay
12. Nine Fine Irishmen, New York New York Hotel & Casino