Today’s Reason To Drink

I ordered the beer to make the photo look more authentic.

There’s a new pizza joint in town, and it goes by the name of Butchertown Pizza Hall. I took a quick trip there for lunch yesterday and loved what I saw and put in my mouth. The place is run by the guy who opened the now-closed Papalinos Pizza in the Highlands, so if you liked that type of New York-style pizza, you’ll like this.

Here’s more from my visit. The best part is, they have a full bar and pizza by the slice.

Pizza. It’s not just for breakfast anymore.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Bourbon on tap!

Checked out the new Parlour Pizza last night in Jeffersonville, which is located at the base of the Big Four Bridge. Very cool digs that include an indoor pizza restaurant, an outdoor patio complete with corn hole, a carriage house with its own 30+ beer options, and an upstairs cocktail bar featuring mother-fuckin’ bourbon on tap!

The place is an ideal spot to stop after walking or biking across the bridge. The thin-crust pizza is delicious, and the 42 beer options keep it interesting.

Highlights were the homemade garlic butter, the BBQ chicken pizza, the peppercorn ranch salad, the American Beauty beer concoction created by carriage house manager Windy Wonder, and, of course, the Old Forester Signature on tap.

Run, don’t walk, to Parlour. The biggest challenge is deciding which space you want to occupy. My favorites were the carriage house and cocktail bar.

Today’s Reason To Drink

dundeeWhat a glorious birthday gift! The Dundee Tavern is returning!

Hide your wife, hide your kids, get out of the water … whatever you need to do in order to celebrate this monumental moment of life.

As you know, Dundee Tavern was converted into Dundee Gastropub in 2014 when it was purchased by new ownership. Well, it’s been sold again, and this time, the new owner is going to restore it to its glorious sports bar past. NFL Ticket, beer specials, cheese balls … what more could you ask for?

Welcome back, Dundee. I’ll be celebrating with some dip!

Varanese announces July drink specials!

$5 Mojitos on Monday, July 11!

$5 Mojitos on Monday, July 11!

If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad. And drink specials and fancy bars make me really, really happy.

Case in point, Varanese, the hip, slightly upscale restaurant and bar on Frankfort Avenue in Clifton just sent me their July drink specials, and they’re pretty decent. Plus, they are paired with national observances that I was unaware of — so that’s a bonus.

Here’s the list:

  • Monday, July 11 — National Mojito Day: $5 Mojito special
  • Wednesday, July 13 — National French Fry Day: $5 Poutine special (a Canadian dish that includes french fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy). No drinks special here, so just order a beer!
  • Sunday, July 24 — National Tequila Day: $5 Margarita special
  • Thursday, July 28 — National Hamburger Day: Free draft beer with the purchase of the restaurant’s classic “V” Burger (chargrilled grass fed beef topped with smoked mozzarella, crispy prosciutto and Chef John’s V-12 sauce)

Today’s Reason To Drink

The $2 bloody marys at Big Four Burgers were delicious.

The $2 bloody marys at Big Four Burgers were delicious.

While out and about on my various travels to bars across this great city of ours, I sometimes stumble upon a place that’s slipping. Perhaps the drink quality has diminished, or the staff is preoccupied with texting instead of running the food that’s been sitting in the window for 10 minutes. I am careful not to call someone out publicly — because, hey, everybody has a bad day, or a bad week.

But yesterday, I stopped in at a bar and restaurant that’s usually been really good, but lately seems to be slipping in attention to detail. My friend and I rode our bikes across the Big Four Bridge yesterday afternoon and decided to grab lunch at Big Four Burgers + Beer in Jeffersonville. I had spent a Sunday there a few months back and loved their $2 bloody marys — you can’t get a deal like that just anywhere!

We made our way up the stairs to the bar on the second floor, and we immediately noticed a change in temperature of at least 10 degrees. It was unusually warm and stale. The friendly bartender explained the air conditioner was broken in that part of the bar. OK, no big deal. That happens.

I ordered a bloody mary while my friend ordered a beer from their extensive draft list. I could see the bartender struggling with the foam that was pouring from the tap. “Maybe it’s the first beer of the day,” I thought to myself. After she dropped the beer off and went back to concoct my cocktail, my friend took a sip of her pale ale and finished with a frown. It was completely luke warm, which explains the foamy pour from the tap. I watched the bartender that afternoon try and pour many other beers, and all were foamy and warm. Some people were polite and choked down the room-temperature brew. But others returned the beers in favor of an ice-cold bottle selection.

My friend asked the bartender to put her beer in the cooler while she enjoyed a colder one in bottle/can form.

A quick temperature adjustment to the beer cooler would fix the problem. I watch enough “Bar Rescue” to know that all the foam the bartenders are dishing out of the beer glasses is money going down the drain. As a place that is frequented by runners, walkers and bikers coming off the bridge, cold beer should be a priority.

One other complaint was that the lights were broken in the women’s bathroom — a simple fix by a manager who is present and tuned into his restaurant.

On a positive note, my $2 bloody marys were delicious and came loaded with olives, peppers and spice. I had three, and then switched to an ice-cold Bud Light bottle. Our food was also amazing — we split the Henry Baines Burger with garlic fries and a side of fresh cooked pork rinds. All three items made it worth the experience.

Let’s hope this was just a bad week at Big Four Burgers, and that the air and draft beer cooler will be fixed. If I didn’t care about the future of this bar, I wouldn’t be mentioning it.

Today’s Reason To Drink

The El Tropical margarita at Mellow Mushroom uses pineapple juice instead of sour mix. It's so yummy, I had three!

The El Tropical margarita at Mellow Mushroom uses pineapple juice instead of sour mix. It’s so yummy, I had more than two!

Here’s a link to my thoughts on the new Mellow Mushroom in the Highlands. I love the new building and the space — it definitely makes the neighborhood feel even more eclectic.

Some people are dissing it because it’s a chain. Don’t get me wrong, Wick’s will always be my favorite pizza in town, but if a chain is willing to invest on a unique space that makes the Highlands even cooler, I say go for it. And if you don’t want to frequent a chain, then walk a block and go to Wick’s or Flanagan’s, or head the other way and go to Impellizzeri’s or Bearno’s.

It’s a free country, so the choice is yours.