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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Barrow Street

I was telling JoeC earlier today that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Meatpacking District bottle service velvet rope scene isn't my style. Yeah, I know how to roll, but I prefer to relax in a lower key environment like my old standby dive, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Barrow Street Alehouse.

I've been going to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Barrow Street Alehouse since 1998, when I moved to New York City. Back cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n, Greg and I would go, Wall Street Rookies, not yet making cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 big bucks, and enjoy cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 low stools, sawdust on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 floor, cheap drinks, house cat, and chunky waitress who gave us every ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r round for free. We'd tip her 50% and feel like cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 kings of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 world - you can never get enough freeroll.

Now, eight years later, Barrow Street is still my favorite bar, and I once again live right around cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 corner from it. They've since replaced cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 sawdust and 2 foot stools with 4 1/2 foot high tables and high backless bar stools, but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 downstairs area with darts, a pool table, and a love seat that I'm pretty sure is harboring more diseases than cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 CDC, is still untouched. Most importantly, BS Alehouse still serves top notch bar food, and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 best Buffalo Chicken sandwich in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 City.

So this afternoon when Greg IM'ed me "Where are we meeting?" I replied, naturally, "Barrow Street." Greg's only reply was a contented smiley face. Greg called me later to tell me that he was at Barrow Street, and I threw some food down for Oscar and headed over to meet him. Barrow Street is about 200 yards from my apartment, and I've been cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re countless times, but this time, as I walked through cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 doors, I was confused.

The walls were paneled in richly grained wood, and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 scuffed floor was now pristine and coated with 1/8th of an inch of shiny polyurethane. The table and backless bar stools had been replaced by high end booths made of real wood and dark high quality leacá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r. I walked in, and blinked 3 times. Greg was in a booth right by cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 door, and pointed at me, laughing at my confusion. I looked up, walked around in a circle 3 times, and looked at him: "What cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 fuck is THIS?" I asked.

Greg laughed "I know - cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y've gone high end - sit down," he urged me, but I had some business to attend to. I walked down cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 bar, like a kid who just found out that Hanukkah Harry doesn't really exist.

I approached cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 bartender: "When did THIS happen?" I asked, waving my arms.

"The booths came in last Thursday," he explained, as I looked for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 old standby chalkboard which showed cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 list of draught beers - GONE. The tube tv's were replaced by an army of plasma screens, and cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 ladies room sported a nice new neon sign advertising it's location. There was only one question: what was downstairs? Would I find a lounge with blacklights, and 2 foot square velvet stools? Would cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re be waitresses in short black cocktail dresses, and flickering candles? I stumbled down cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 stairs, as if in a dream, and found some solace in seeing that cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 dungeon was still untouched: same dartboards, same pool table, same crappy concrete floor, same used-by-NYU-kids-for-heavy-petting loveseat stained by 1000 beer spills.

I slouched back up cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 stairs to find Greg, slumping into cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 booth, telling him "This sucks."
"I know," Greg commiserated, "but cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y have $15 all you can drink draught beer from 6-9pm!" Now, Greg can drink beer. He's a born and bred Revere, MA native, and he drinks beer at at LEAST twice cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 speed I do, so my EV sense is thinking "FREE ROLL!" Even if I breakeven on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 arbitrage, I know Greg will crush it.

Our waitress comes over to take my order, as Greg is already enjoying a 12oz plastic cup of Oktoberfest: college style. When we're 1/2way through our first beer, we ask cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 waitress (who failed her test mightily when she took 5 minutes to bring me my first round) for anocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r round. "You have to finish that round first - you use cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 same cup," she explained. No problem - do you know who cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 fuck we are? We've been coming here since you were in diapers, sugartits. We pound our beers, and I jokingly turn mine over my head and pretend to "flip cup" it, as Greg tells her, "Now, THAT is his cup, and THIS is mine."

"You aren't going to get cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 same cup back," she tells us.

"No problem, as long as we don't get someone else's," Greg answers, thinking we'll get new cups.

"No - you might get someone else's cup," she deadpans. And she's not kidding.

I interrupt: "Wait a second: he just wants to make sure he doesn't get someone else's cooties...or herpes... or chlamydia," and flash her a smile.

"You might get someone else's cup - we have no control of it," she is getting annoyed, not smiling.

"What do you mean - do you have a magic marker? I'll put my name on this one - I don't want someone else's cup." I mean seriously, I'm all for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 college-throwback-refill-cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365-plastic-cup-all-you-can-drink gig, but I don't want some NYU whoo-hah's cup.

"I'm really busy - I have a lot of ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r tables to take care of - do you guys want anocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r round?" She's legitimately pissed now.

"Look, can we go to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 bar and get our own refills?" I try diplomacy.

"Sure, I mean, it's better for me if you order from me, but you can do that," she bargains.

"We'll take care of you, don't worry," and I mutter under my breath to Greg: "I'll pay you 20% to leave us cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 fuck alone."

Greg cackles out loud, and she shrugs and goes on to her ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r tables. Greg proceeds to make beer runs to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 bar for cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 next two hours, ensuring that our cups are not tainted by cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 young blood in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 bar.

I order a Blue Moon Belgian White, which comes with a lemon wedge on it. Greg laughs at me, but I gloat, "ah HAH! Lemon Wedge Cup Marker! Suck it!" and do a sitting dance in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 booth. After a Magic Hat #9 and buffalo chicken sandwich for me, Greg, I think 3 beers ahead of me at this point, has to take off to meet his fiance uptown. He'd already put her off with a text message constructed on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 fly, after I told him to make sure he avoided cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 MTV VMA awards in Rock Center when he took a cab uptown.

"IN A CAB, STUCK IN TRAFFIC" he enunciated word by word to me, as he typed into his phone. "MTV VMA AWARDS - GRIDLOCK" he moucá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365d, and shrugged, laughing. "SEND." I laughed hysterically, as Greg pondered "I have to remember not to answer cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 phone or she'll hear I'm in a bar."

I get cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 check, smile at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 evolution of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Barrow Street Alehouse, and promise to myself: If cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y put a bouncer and a velvet rope out front, I'm finding a new home bar.

Until cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n, I'll meet you at Barrow Street.

-KD

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Kid Dynamite said...

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The Bracelet said...

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Jordan said...

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