Bars

Drive Inn, Drive Out

I’m leaving. I’ll come back again. I make no apologies for the way I wax enthusiastic about Down House, so it’s no wonder that when the same folks tried their hand at an ice house, I needed to hear little…

Trappeze Pub – Athens

You might expect to have quite a few highly touted food and drink options to wade through in any big city. In smaller college towns, however, you might think the pickings would be slimmer. But even if that’s the case,…

Porter Beer Bar – Atlanta

Much like college football Saturdays have expanded to include Thursday and Friday night games, our annual football trip has evolved to include a night in the nearby metropolis where we usually have to land. Last year, we spent 24 hours…

In de Wildeman

Amsterdam, Netherlands http://www.indewildeman.nl/ Bourdain visited during a layover. Google anything related to craft beer in the Dutch capital and In de Wildeman will invariably be listed. The Flying Dog Brewery in Maryland even saw fit to brew a special In…

Texas Independence Day

It was a beautiful weekend in Houston, if perhaps a bit on the chilly side once the sun went down, but perfect for an outdoor celebration of Texas’ Independence Day. The Refinery, a “burgers and whiskey” joint in the former…

Strangeways – Dallas

Sad British pop might fuel a torrid 500-day affair with Zooey Deschanel, but you might not suspect it’d launch a craft beer haven in Dallas. Named for the Smiths’ final album, Strangeways didn’t seem to bear that out when I…

Up A Creek

Trendy new hotspots may get all the buzz, but the hill country aesthetic of the Creek family of establishments pulls me in like an irresistible tractor beam. Where Dry Creek is smaller and BYOB, and Cedar Creek is massive and…

APEX Bar – Portland

The second half of 2012 went by in such a blur that I hardly documented our annual football trip aside from a look at the mouth-puckering sour beers at Cascade Brewing. My buddies and I take the trip every year…

The Two Towers

Since I last wrote about the Moon Tower Inn, they’ve been closed for nearly a year and a half. Shuttering inexplicably just as the weather got cooler at the end of 2011, they planned to renovate the property’s humble structures…