Boot Hill Saloon

The Boot Hill Saloon is one of the most famous biker bars in the entire world.  It is a legendary place, and one step into this bar lets you know that it has a lot of history and even more stories to go with it.  It’s famous enough to have been featured on the TV show “Born To Ride” which tells you it’s a pretty big deal!

It is probably what most would call a dive bar.  And although it is musty, dusty, and dingy, you also get a feel for its epic power.  One glance around and you see carvings in the wall that are decades old, bras hanging from the ceiling, various memorabilia hanging from the walls, and more.  It really is a historically impressive place.

My family went on vacation last summer with my buddy’s family to Ormond Beach, a beautiful area on the east coast.  It was a tremendous week.  We rented a house that was very nice, and the only downside was that the owner we rented from was installing a solar water heater that week, so it was a little noisy and somewhat of an inconvenience.  I must say, the water heater was amazingly effective and the company that installed it even gave us a free gift card for dinner at TGI Fridays.  I think he thought we were the owner!

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Best Wings and Beer in Town

Buffalo WingsA great family friendly bar and restaurant that you must try at some point is Houligan’s. It is a great experience in every way, whether you want to hang out at the bar and have a fresh beer or sit down with the family and have a great and tasty meal. I believe this branch of restaurants is mainly located in Florida, but they might extend beyond that.

I have found their wings and food to be truly outstanding. They have a wide variety of wings that are really delicious, and some ice cold beer to go along with them. A few years ago I had a great buddy, Jeff, that I used to meet every Tuesday night for wings and beer at Houligan’s in Palm Coast.  Jeff owns and works very hard, which means he also knows how to play very hard. He would work hard all day doing his carpet cleaning, and had a very successful business. But when we met each Tuesday night for wings and beer, it was time to cut loose and celebrate.

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Super Bowl Party Cocktails

Super Bowl PartyWith the Super Bowl only five days away let’s talk about the best party cocktails to serve at your big party. There are so many selections when it comes to the vast array of drinks to offer at your Super Bowl party, that the list is truly endless.  You really cannot go wrong when it comes to cocktails for your big party.  The main thing to remember is variety, and each person has different tastes.

The easy choice that nearly all guys appreciate, is your easy choice of domestic beers. There are so many great domestic beers to choose from that you really cannot go wrong. The most popular is Bud Light, but a close second is Miller Light. And really the best thing to do is to set up a cooler on your back patio and fill it with ice, and then the stock with cold beer. When you do this, you simply cannot go wrong.  Here is a great selection of domestic beers for every occasion.

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The Breakers – A Legendary Place

OThe Breakersne of the great party spots with a 50 year history is The Breakers in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. It is located in downtown New Smyrna right on Main Street, and right on the beach facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is a legendary bar and restaurant, and has deep roots in New Smyrna Beach.

Going all the way back to the 1970s it has been the local hot spot for great happy hours, disco dancing, and a lively bar of fun patrons. The dance floor was a huge debt in the 1970s and 1980s, and even into the 1990s. They have made some changes and the dance floor no longer exists. Now it is just a restaurant with the same long bar sprawling across the entire restaurant.

It started to get run down about 10 years ago, it started to look very bad. The building started to look dilapidated, and the grounds in general were looking unkempt. I know they hired a tree service and landscape company to come in and really give it an overhaul. It has really made a huge difference. The building now looks new and modern, and the trees and landscape also look really nice. This was really a great thing, as the locals were starting to feel sad that The Breakers had gone down.

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Best Happy Hour in Your Town?

Happy hour is it time to relax, unwind and forget about the work week.  It’s a great way to connect with new friends, hang with your buddies, or have a glass of wine with your BFF.  Whatever the reason that you frequent your local happy hour at 5:00 PM each Friday, it has probably become a tradition that you look forward to every single week.  There is no better way to blow off steam then hanging out with good friends over an iced, cold beer.

Happy hour is different for everyone.  I know some guys who are generally middle age, and their idea of happy hour is a pool bar, and a competitive game of darts.  These guys are real animals on the pool table, and these leagues are always fun to watch.  They take it so seriously, and all have eyes on Vegas for the national tournament each year.

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Your Favorite Watering Hole

Have you ever been addicted to your favorite local pool bar? Well maybe addicted is the wrong word, but let’s just say that at the end of a long week you might be ready for a cold brew at your local happy hour. My friend Johnny introduced me to a pool bar by the name of Cheap Shots, and that became a part of our Friday ritual for more than 10 years.

Every Friday like clockwork, we would meet at Cheap Shots to shoot pool from around 5:00 until 7:00, and then at 7p it was time for some No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker. We ran this routine for years and years, and used to drive our wives crazy as we constantly made up excuses as to why we were always late. Something about the place, the beer was just colder than anywhere else and even tasted better. I used to look forward to that all day on Friday. And walking in there was always a lot of fun, and even a little exciting!

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Mint Juleps – Kentucky Style

My great aunt, Aunt Geneva, would have no doubt been a legend in the Red Lounge, much like she was in her life. Aunt Jean was from the back woods of Kentucky, and officially called Louisville her hometown.  She was quite the sport, and a true legend.  She passed in 2006 at the age of 86, but even in her final years she mowed her own grass and took care of her own home.

She was also known to love a few great cocktails, and she had a few famous concoctions that were her favorites.  She loved her Manhattans, and she only drank them “up.”  If you ask her where that love came from, she could not even tell you.  But each evening she certainly enjoyed several Manhattans, both before and after dinner.

She also had a love for Early Times whiskey, probably Kentucky’s most famous whiskey.  Early Times is distilled in Shively, Kentucky by the Brown-Forman corporation, which is one of the largest American-owned corporations in the wine and spirits business.  Ironically, her last name was Brown (married name), and although no one could ever prove it, she forever held fast to the belief that she was connected in her bloodline to the Brown-Forman group.

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Welcome to the Red Lounge

Welcome to the Red Lounge!  We are so glad you are here!  Please grab a seat, relax, and have a glass of your fave Cabernet or domestic beer.  Let’s unwind from a long week, and share stories of your favorite cocktail, favorite lounge, local pub, or whatever is your flavor.

We all love a relaxing cocktail, and many of us have a favorite local happy hour or watering hole.  Your favorite drink probably has a history with you, and at the Red Lounge, we love to hear about it!  We chat about fine wines, mixed drinks, bourbons, German dark beers, or whatever is your cocktail to unwind and connect.

We have heard so many stories and experiences, and at the Red Lounge we love to share advice on really great white wines, smooth Kentucky whiskey, or a special ingredient in your Mother’s Day Bloody Mary.  Sharing is what is interesting, because we all know our own routine up down and side to side, but what is interesting is  to hear a complete stranger’s story from across the country.

Maybe you live in upstate New York, but wouldn’t it be super cool to hear what happy hour is like on Thursday afternoon in a small town in southern Oklahoma?  What the place looks and smells like, and whether the crowd is friendly or tempestuous?  Whether the ladies drink wine or whiskey, and what time is closing time?  That is interesting stuff, and why we like the Red Lounge.

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