22nd June 2009

Its SUMMER!

Hey everyone! With the official 1st day of summer having just passed (the Summer Solstice was yesterday, June 21st), I figure its a good time to discuss one of America’s favorite summer activities, BBQ’ing.

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No matter where you are (at your house by the beach, at a local park, at a lake, in the mountains or just hanging out in your backyard) BBQing is one of the easiest and most robust activities to get started and have fun with. So read this article, then invite over all your friends and start the fun! If you have no friends, not a problem, just head down to your local watering hole the night before. Find a member of the opposite sex that is in your league, and invite them over the next day for a day of fun in the sun.

Step 1, if you don’t have a Grill, go buy one. It doesn’t matter if you buy a cheap portable grill from a Supermarket end cap, or if you go all out on top of the line grill at Home Depot. The important part is only that you have a grill. It gives people a reason to come out.

Step 2, get the food. The standard is Burgers and Dogs, but it really doesn’t matter, so long as it’s something everyone will enjoy.

Step 3, Entertainment. This is also easy. It’s hot in the summer, so people typically like activities where they don’t have to work too hard. Start with plastic cups, a ping pong ball and a deck of cards. Picnic tables can be easily used for Beer Pong, Flip Cup, or Card games. If you enjoy slightly more active activities, bring a Frisbee, football, and Horse Shoes. Have a catch, play some shoes, all fun things to do while drinking…and activities that even un-athletic people can enjoy.

Step 4, get some beverages. People work hard, so they’re always up for letting loose when the time comes. Go pick up a 30 pack/Party Ball of your favorite light beer. By light, I don’t mean get Miller Lite or Bud Light…I mean, pick up a beer that is not heavy. Don’t be the Jackass that shows up to a summer BBQ with Guinness or Sam Adams Winter Ale. There’s a reason the Mexicans drink beer like Corona. When it’s hot out, you want to feel refreshed. Also, depending on the type of girls you hang out with, you may want to pack some Twisted Tea or Hard Lemonade. Alcohol allows people of all races to make even the most mundane conversations or activities more interesting or fun, so it’s important to do your best to get everyone involved by having a beverage they might enjoy. IMPORTANT: Remember to check your local open container laws as well. Cops do a great job at ruining a good time, most places only require that you enjoy your beverage in a plastic cup (as opposed to right out of the bottle or can.) Final word on this, don’t forget the water! People get dehydrated as hell in the summer. It’s always good to have some water around to keep you going and refreshed and hangover free.

That’s all you need: the Grill & Food are the excuse to get people outside. Beer & Fun are what keeps them there. Anything on top of that is just gravy. What is your favorite BBQ Beverage? Feel free to share it with the site; perhaps your suggestion will inspire someone else’s summertime fun! (For my Northeast readers maybe its a good idea if you can suggest some good BBQ/Drinking activities to do in the rain, as that is what we’ve seen the past 18/23 days!)

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16th March 2009

St. Patty’s ’09

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Where to go in NYC:

Start it off right with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 11:00 a.m. on 5th Avenue and 44th Street, heading up 5th Avenue to 86th St., where it turns east towards 3rd Avenue where it eventually ends there around 3:00 p.m.

For an original event, i suggest heading over to The Village Pour House

The Uptown (982 Amsterdam) VPHouse will be playing true Hibernian music while offering drinks specials on pints of green beer, Guinness, car bombs and shot/brew combos. However, the name of the game is “limericks” such as, “There once was a man from Nantucket…” Well, some people forget these bawdy poems are actually named after a town in Ireland—so, to show love for St. Patrick’s Day, guests will be invited to recite their favorite rhyming ditty and receive a free green beer for their effort. Even sweeter, no cover to party at this 21+ event that starts at 7 p.m. 

 

For those of you in the “Downtown” area, don’t worry, their 11th st and third ave location (Village Pour House) will be featuring: green apple martinis, “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shots of, er, something green and of course…the infamous green beer. There’ll be a lucky leprechaun on hand for photo moments and also to provide one fortunate fella’ or female with his hidden “pot o’ gold” (please ask before you tear at his trousers) as well as a psychic who will see what’s to come…we’re no mediums, but when green brew is involved, it’s an easy prediction that bathroom visits will be in your near, near future. Party starts at 5 p.m. with no cover and runs until the break o’ dawn (or they close—whichever comes first).

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24th February 2009

FAT TUESDAY

Happy Fat Tuesday, OH How I wish I were down in New Orleans!  If any of you are please do

“In the Big Easy
The party has just begun
And the happy times”

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19th February 2009

St. Patty’s Come Early

St. Patrick’s Day is our favorite holiday here at SizzUp… For obvious reasons.  Back when I went to Penn State we would start lining up at the bars around 8 AM, sometimes earlier on this “highest of holy days” (For a college kid).  

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That in mind, it is never too early to start planning your St. Patty’s Day celebration!  So for those of you in the NY/NJ area here are a couple things to keep in mind:

Hoboken claims to host one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in New Jersey (possibly the entire Eastern seaboard), and this year will be no exception. Mark your calendars early, though, as Hoboken isn’t a town that follows the norm. This parade is always held on the first Saturday of March in order to beat out New York City for the best performers and the most celebratory spectators—this year, on Saturday, March 7, 2009, beginning at 1 p.m., the parade will kick off at 14th and Washington Streets and head south on Washington, with a reviewing stand in front of City Hall (Washington and First Streets).
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13th February 2009

West Coast Singles

Finally – For my West coast readers here is a list of options for the single folk out in LA and San Fran on this V-day.

Los Angeles

For those singles out there looking for love this Valentines Day head on out to the Foundry on Melrose. The Foundry on Melrose is doing a favor for those sans date on Valentine’s Day by turning their lounge into singles only pickup zone. While couples dine in the restaurant, those flying solo can enjoy cocktails, swing jazz and special menu items. Bolder singles can send “let’s be friends” cocktails to unsuspecting strangers for half-price. If you pick someone up they might even let you into the dining room.  Could be fun… No?  The live music starts at 9 PM.

For the Anti-Valentines crowd, you can head on over to Baja Sharkeez (3801 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach).  Sharkeez is promoting the night’s events like this: “Cupid is a Drunk With a Bad Aim,” – sounds like a lot of mismatched drunken hookups to me – which pretty much sums up their unsentimal sentiment towards V-Day. The bar is encouraging the despondent to decorate the dartboard with pictures of their exes (Uncensored of course), while the bartenders screw up your aim with $3 broken heart shots. The sexiest dressed partygoer will win $200, and possibly a date.
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12th February 2009

Philly Singles

To continue my post from yesterday, I wanted to provide my Philadelphia single readers with some info on how to make this couples holiday less depressing:

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Options:

Start your weekend early – Tonight, Thursday 2/12 – Join hundreds of singles at Mad River Bar and Grille (126 Chestnut St.) for Philadelphia’s Largest Singles Anti-Valentine’s Bash (Just $15 if you click here and buy now). Valentine’s Day is not just for couples anymore! Enjoy a night of networking, flirting and dancing. Fun icebreaker games will get you in the mood to meet new people. There will be delicious hors d’oeuvres, prize give-a-way’s, contests and discount drink prices to get you in the spirit of this fantastic party. This is positively a party you won’t want to miss and maybe cupid might point his arrow your way!

On Saturday head out to the Anti-Valentine’s Day Scavenger hunt (Just $20 if you click here and buy now) at Rum Bar Lounge & Restaurant ( 2005 Walnut Street). Join other singles for a fun and competitive Anti-Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt. You and your team will be finding those fun and sometimes racy items that will ensure a great night! Teams will have 3.5 hours to collect as many of the items on the list as possible and bring them back to the starting point. You must stay in your full group at all times and arrive at your final destination as a group. It is recommended that at least one person in each group have a digital camera. You are only allowed to use your feet and SEPTA to get around. This amazing day will end back at the Rum Bar for tales of true adventure, continuing the fun over drinks. Rain Or Shine – Dress for the day.

Finally if you want to keep it simply, head on out to one of Philly’s oldest ale houses, Mcgillin’s Old Ale House (1310 Drury St.) for $5 Pitchers: Pabst Blue Ribbon (all day) $5 meal: 6-oz Sirloin Steak, and if you want to feel healthy, 99¢ buys a side salad.

To close it out, for my West Coast reader’s, we’ll look into options in LA & San Francisco tomorrow just in time for V-day weekend.
 

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11th February 2009

‘Single’ in the City

So its Valentines Day and you’re single.  Aside from drinking your depressed self into a stupor while alone in your apartment what can (SHOULD) you do?

If you’re in NY here are some options:

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Get warmed up at Tribeca Tavern (247 West Broadway b/w White & Walker) and shoot some pool while enjoying $3 domestic beer from 4 – 7pm.

Then head on over to the LES @ Label Lounge (174 Rivington b/w Clinton & Attorney) for “Lustr Saturdays” – Underground disco, featuring DJs Sushi Steve (Stereo-Type, Deprogram), Chris Alker (Stereo-Type, DUI, Deprogram) and M68 (Labor of Love). $4 beers and well drinks from 9-11 p.m.

Or maybe just spend your night @ the wonderful Town Tavern (134 W 3rd near MacDougal) for their “Cupid is Stupid” event.  For $20 enjoy a 2 hr top shelf open bar with complimentary “love potion” (I’m sure thats just some form of flavored chick shot) from 9-11pm and Hors d’Oeuvres.  Sexy bartenders IN COSTUME will be present.

Please check back tomorrow for the Philadelphia V-day Singles Edition.

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16th January 2009

The Inaugural Beer

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Obama’s Inauguration, a moment in history that will be remembered forever!

As a tribute to the incumbent president, Sixpoint Craft Ales brewed what they call “Hop Obama Ale”. The beer is described as “a stout gone porter with kriek lambic.” We are told that the flavors are individually unique yet “…gain their solidarity from their indivisibility.”

So where do you find this celebratory ale?  While kegs of “Hope Obama” are not in every local pub we can tell you that a few of your local NYC pubs have them stored away to tap on inauguration day.

Where it can be found:

Vintage Irving – Near Union Square (120 E 15th St)

D.B.A – East village (41 1st Ave near 2nd st)

Can anyone out there help us with where it may be found around the nation come Jan. 20th???

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20th December 2008

Dogfishhead and Extreme Beer Fest

Dogfishhead Craft Brewery out of Milton, Delaware has some interesting things going on right now. Not only are they sponsoring an “Extreme Beer Fest,” up in Boston in February, but they also have a brand new “off centered,” beer on the the way which you could have the chance to name! Read the rest of this entry »

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15th December 2008

Money Show 2008 @ Hilton Hotel, Athens, Greece

Bar academy logoOn December 18th until the 21st AA&PARTNERS is hosting a training seminar known as the Mixology Seminar, Complete Cocktails Training. It’s a two-day programme in colaboration with the Bar Academy, which will last for 12 hours. Divided into two parts, theory and practice, 6 hours each, the event is recommended to professionals and/or individuals with some or no experience in Cocktail making. In short, the point of this seminar is to enhance participants’ knowledge on how to create cocktails, and raise productivity and sales.

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