Bar Belle from 6/13/17 Insider Louisville: Zima returns!

Liquid dream come true.

There was a part of me who never thought this day would come. That Zima would never be re-released into U.S. public consumption for all (who are 21 and over) to enjoy.

Well, it’s here. And I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I got the text from Big Bar owner Kevin this morning saying a shipment of Zima was on its way. I rushed over to watch them roll the case in, and on the way I grabbed a bag of Jolly Ranchers.

Here’s a Bar Belle column entailing just how exciting this is for me. And I’m here to report Big Bar was the first bar to receive Zima, with others following very soon. Like tomorrow, and definitely by the weekend.

Zima. It’s zomething zifferent.

Bar Belle from 4/19/17 Insider Louisville: No Thunder plans? No worries.

Thunder down under my pants!

For those of you not in Louisville, a loud, crowded event called Thunder Over Louisville will be held on Saturday. It’s the kickoff to Derby — signifying it’s OK to drink before noon now throughout the next two weeks, leading up to that two-minute horse race on May 6.

Many people here flock to the riverfront to watch one of the country’s largest fireworks displays. But if you’re not wanting to be among thousands, I’ve rounded up some other suggestions, including starting your own pub crawl, which is what I’ll be doing.

Read the column here, and I hope you have a safe, fun Thunder and don’t do anything I wouldn’t.

Today’s Reason To Drink

A work in progress.

My bar is coming along, but there’s so much I want to do and I don’t have the time, know-how or money to get it done. The first challenge is how to hang a curtain behind the shelves to make it more cozy. I think I found some hooks I can hang from the ceiling, so I might try that route.

But the good news is, the bar is open and ready for some company!

Today’s Reason To Drink

My little leprechaun.

And just like that … the annual St. Patrick’s Parade is already upon us. I hope you’ll still brave the weather on Saturday and come out to the parade. It’s always a fun time and a good way to bond with your community through green beer and Jameson.

My green beer days are long over, but I pass judgement on no one if they decide to consume one and look like they just made out with a hot leprechaun. I’ll probably have one Guinness, one Irish coffee and the rest just whatever is put in front of me.

This is one of my favorite days of the year, and I will not let the threat of snow rain on my parade. Shamrock shake it off and turn that Irish frown upside down. See you at Flanagan’s.

Today’s Reason To Drink

Havana Rumba makes great margs.

Havana Rumba makes great margs.

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor …

It’s National Margarita Day, y’all!!! Do you know where you’re going to celebrate?

Good thing you checked here first, because I’ve created a list for you of the best spots around Louisville to find a decent margarita.

Follow the link above for more details, but my list includes: El Mundo, Galaxie, The Silver Dollar, The Pearl, Wild Rita’s, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, Havana Rumba and Guaca Mole. If you can sneak out of work a little early, most of these places are offering a discounted price for happy hour.


Today’s Reason To Drink


Proud owner of this Craigslist find.

Well, I did it. I finally bought a bar.

When I told my coworkers the news, they were shocked.

“Will you still work here?,” they asked. “Where is it located?”

“In my basement, people,” I responded. “I bought a bar for my basement.”

Not sure how I’m going to get it to my basement, but we’ll figure that out later.