Daytona Rising – A Happy Hour for the Ages

Daytona Rising is the new development that Daytona Beach International Speedway just completed. They installed a massive complex that has every entertainment you can possibly imagine. Their tent area has become quite that happy hour party during race week. They serve great food and every alcohol you can imagine. They literally bring in truckloads of beer for that event each year. So you can’t go wrong at this happy hour which happens only twice each year, as they have great food in great drink for you in all of your friends.

The complex itself is really amazing and they spent more than $40,000,000 on the upgrades. It is also a very green construction build, as there are all kinds of energy efficient upgrades throughout the complex. They have solar applications all over the building and all over the stadium to make the entire facility more energy efficient. Their Daytona Beach, FL solar panels are all over the top of the stadium, and you can clearly see that they made the massive investment in solar technology. I would not be surprised if the entire facility is off the grid. It is becoming more and more common to see solar panels Daytona Beach all around the facility, from very large panels to very small panels.

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Health Benefits of Red Wine

red-wineThere are many benefits to drinking red wine. It has been well documented that red wine as many heart health benefits, and most doctors agree that one or two glasses of red wine each night can improve your heart health as well as our overall health. But most experts also agree that the key is to not go overboard. This is because if you stop at one or two glasses and you will realize good health benefits, the deep instead you drink eight or 10 glasses of wine than that can be detrimental to your health.

Scientists are not exactly sure why red wine is good for your health but it has been proven to be so. So when you come home after a long day of work before you have dinner, it is not a bad idea to open a bottle of red wine and relax and enjoy yourself. One reason that many doctors think that read wine is a health benefit is because it allows you to relax which reduces stress. And this would make sense because we all know that stress is not good for your health, and can age you in many different ways. Continue reading Health Benefits of Red Wine

Riptides in Ormond Beach

Happy HourRiptides is one of the best bars in Ormond Beach, FL. Its outdoor ambience is just perfect for any spring or summer happy hour at the end of a long work week. It is located near the beach so usually has a nice breeze coming off the ocean. The restaurant inside is very unique in that it has these torches that give it a very rustic look, and also a very warm look. This stuff and waitresses are very friendly and go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable.

At the outdoor bar they have many painted murals that look like they’re from the days of the Roman empire. They’re really fascinating and we’ll just engage you. They also have beautiful trees that overhang the outdoor patio and are shaped in very unique ways. They had Tree Service Ormond do the tree trimming work in tree cutting work, and they really did a phenomenal job. This company’s Ormond Beach tree service is really second to none, and they clearly have the expertise in tree trimming in tree removal. Continue reading Riptides in Ormond Beach

Hyde Park Happy Hour

happy-hour-drinksHyde Park is one of the nice is restaurant-bars in Volusia county. The steaks there are amazing, and it has an outstanding wine list. It also has one of the finest bars I have ever seen. It is so elegant and so refined, and is right on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We went there for our anniversary last summer and spent over $100 at the bar between fine wine and delicious appetizers.

The bar is a refined oak with a beautiful painting mural that reminds you of yesteryear. It just has a look and feel of a timeless place where you just feel very comfortable and really enjoy yourself. It is also a very happening local spot we will likely see many friends from the community. It’s a great place to hang out on a Friday evening and catch up on the week’s events. They have the fireball shot which has become very popular as a whiskey drink. Just don’t drink too many because you will definitely feel it the next day.

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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 in Palm Coast, FL, 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.  A little tree trimming in New Smyrna Beach, FL seems to go a long ways!

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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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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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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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