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!
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.
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.