Category Archives: drinking

Puppies and Booze

I was pretty stoked when I saw Mayor Greg Fischer post a pic visiting new small business Vines & Canines on Frankfort Avenue.  The idea of bringing two great things together, wine and animals, just seemed too good to be true. Was I going to get Rick Rolled when I clicked on their website? Look what I discovered:

Freaking adorable.

The idea behind the shop from owner Marc DeMichele (pictured above with his mama):

Vine & Canines (was) developed from my personal love for my dog, and for fine wine, as well as my desire to unite everyone who shares these passions. This idea grew out of an evening of pulling corks with a dear friend along with our dogs and the realization that our experience was enriched by our four-legged pals. I not only want to provide a unique line of products for lovers of dogs and wine, but also create events where people with similar interests could meet and celebrate this affinity we all share.

What a unique concept! Shake your tail on over to Vines & Canines and support local business owners. Need some more feel-goodiness? A portion of all of their proceeds go to the Kentucky Humane Society to benefit animals in need. Giddeyup!

1760 Frankfort Avenue .  Open Tuesday–Thursday from 12n to 9p.   Friday & Saturday: 12n to 10 p.

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Cheap martinis

Cheap, good martinis are hard to come by.  Boys may scoff at women’s love for martinis, marking it as some jaded Sex in the City fantasy.  But if you’re not careful those cocktails will knock you on your ass as they as are potent as they are delicious.  Besides, if you’ve watched an episode of Mad Men you know that a good martini can be pretty manly. With this in mind, plus my craving for a new Friday night watering hole hangout, led me to 60 West Bistro and Martini Bar on Shelbyville Road.

Cheers to my Bellini martini with Pinnacle vodka, peach schnapps, peach puree and champagne.

Having been to Drake’s next door and passing 60 West quite a few times I wasn’t sure what to expect.  A couple of things left me pleasantly surprised:

  • Holy martini list (PDF) batman. 61 martinis if I counted right. Yes I know some of the names are girly, I hate the word ‘MANtini’ and a majority are made with sour mix or sprite.  This isn’t for mixology purists.  But admit it… that list is impressive!  And my bellini was excellent.
  • When you walk into 60 West it is deceptively bigger then it looks from the outside.  A heated patio, plenty of elegant booth space, and a nice big wooden square bar. And loved the easy parking out back (coming from a downtown dweller).
  • The waitstaff/bartenders were excellent and patient with my hundreds of questions.  I’m allowed to be picky. You’re talking to a former server/hostess for 6+ years.
  • The atmosphere was appealing.  Candles everywhere, wooden accents and cool 20 x 20 ft wall of a Makers Mark art installation.  Martini bars can be fru fru. This was not.
  • Cheap drinks.  $5 martinis on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 1/2 price bottles of wine Wednesday and Friday.  You could do some serious damage to yourself with $20.
  • A decent food menu (PDF) with interesting dishes:

My pizza with maple fennell sausage, roasted tomatoes, balsamic glazed onions, shitake mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and a house made red sauce.

My bill after two martinis and this split pizza: $28 bucks. And I didn’t even order anything on special.  Cheers to that!

Open Monday – Thursday 4p to 12m.  Friday – Saturday 4p to 2a.  3939 Shelbyville Rd.

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UnCorked Art

UpTown Art Uncorked is a artsy place on Bardstown Road that I can’t wait to take my girlfriends to.  Here’s the concept.  First you pick the type of painting you would like to paint from their upcoming calendar.  Once you pick the masterpiece you are going to create, (like the whimsical poppy field class coming up on Sunday February 25th at 7pm), you get stroke-by-stroke instructions from the head artist on how to create the beauty yourself.

The best part? The reason the art is uncorked is because you get to sip on wine and martinis during the class.  It’s like a night on the town with your best friend Bob Ross! Third step? Hang it on your wall and pretend you were a tortured art minor in college.  It’s perfect.

The fine folks at UpTown Art Uncorked are hoping to increase the thumbs up on their Facebook page with the following promotion:

We are doing 15% off with the coupon code “UptownArt” only valid for classes signed up for online, expiring March 15th.  And if we get 1000 LIKES in a month, we will choose a lucky winner to paint for FREE in 2012, unlimited times!

The painting classes seem to range from $29-$39 for adult paintings with special classes that are less money geared towards children.  To make a reservation head to their website and book online.  Although if you are an early-bird this may interest you:

Feeling super adventurous? Check out a free class at 5 am, max 15 people! Coffee provided to help awaken your creativity (and eyelids) on February 27th.

Making art while drinking wine. Genius! Located at 2458 Bardstown Road.

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You Tweet? Let’s drink beer together.

Twitter is a relatively new experience for me. In the beginning I’d often send out my ‘what’s happening’ into computer space and nobody would respond. Facebook was just more comforting and it seemed more intuitive.  I know these people.  I think.  Wait… who are our mutual friends?

But Twitter enthusiasts kept me believing that one day I would know the purpose of hashtags, bitly, trending topics, and I even recently found out what SMH means. (Everyone SMH @ megabites).  I kept at it. And when I got my very first #ff I knew I was in.  I think I get this thing!

Through reading cool sites, getting e-introduced to interesting people, I found my way to Twitter monster (at press time 33,420 tweets!) @AlexPorter82.  He’s tweeted 26 times more then the average megabites typer and he has something to say! By day a market researcher and by night a tv-critic/friend-gathering/taco-bell-eating/strong-thumbed/shit-zhu-loving/worldly-witted guy!

Let’s have a beer with him and other like-minded individuals:

Says Alex of the hang out:

Over the past few years we’ve gotten a pretty good core group of followers on Twitter. A former co-worker of mine Tommy Spalding and I decided to get together somewhere for Happy Hour beers and simply invite anyone on Twitter who would want to come out and put a face to a name. ‘Tweet-ups’ are not original, Louisville has many of them but this is a LOT more laid back. No PowerPoints, no specific goals, no speeches. Just hanging out and talking about stuff we like.

Networking that puts the social back in.  And you already know what I think about Against the Grain.  Maybe I’ll save the giant 32 ounce ‘experience’ for the second or third #facetime. No more SMH at me! Or you. Dangit.

Get casual on Thursday Feb 23 at 6p.  401 East Main Street.

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Haymarket up and rocking

Checking in on owner Matthew Landan and now officially opened Haymarket Whiskey Bar who recently posted a cool photo of the new storefront sign and gives you a little peak into Landon’s world:

The Haymarket Whiskey Bar now open for business on East Market Street.

As a downtown Louisville resident and scooter enthusiast, I have a fond appreciation of the Vespa and the swagger it gives you, especially when posing by a bunch of bottles of bourbon.  The new sign looks great and the recent lineup of local bands and slams have been announced playing Haymarket Whiskey Bar this upcoming week:

Tuesday February 7: Gypsy Jazz Jam (no cover, 7:30p)
Wednesday February 8:  The Word Spoken poetry slam  (no cover, 8:30pm, for more info email haymarketwhiskeybar@gmail.com)
Thursday February 9Littlehouse Records presents Introvert, Mercy Academy ($3 cover, 9p)
Friday February 10: Vessel, Samuel Hadfeld, Brandon Koufeldt  ($5 cover, 9p)
Saturday February 11: Parlour, Opposable Thumbs, R. Keenan Lawler ($6 cover, 9p)

Congratulations on your grand opening!

331 E Market St. Louisville. Open Monday through Sunday 4:20p-2a.

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