Friday, September 23, 2011

Promoting the Hopleaf

That's pretty cool to be listed as one of the top 100 bars in the United States. Well, H-Man (visiting from DC) and I got the back story from the folks at this bar on Clark Street in Chicago last night.
I really didn't like being evicted from the bar to the upstairs edition. I didn't know there was an upstairs bar to begin with. It was simply too crowded on a Thursday night. Despite the nice bartender, he didn't have the excellent selection the downstairs bar had. The owner and bartender told us that this was a nice neighborhood bar before the world found it and now it's really popular. When all the attention came, they said there were lines down the street.
This wasn't the episode in which Dan and Dave showed up and drank the darn place down. We had a cab waiting for us that night.
I had to drive home so drinking and driving was a concern.
HMan liked talking to the upstairs bartender and then slipped him a copy of my book, "A Stone's Throw." I didn't anticipate he was in a selling mode but appreciated his efforts.
It really is a nice bar. Being a certifiable beer snob there was even a nice selection for me. I don't think I have had a beer since Madison so I was a little out of practice.
We went downstairs to get our good beers and then upstairs for more talk.
Put it this way, I'm sure I damaged my ear drums because I blasted my stereo coming home. I needed to be alert driving home. I hope I'm not getting too old for these long drives and mild drinking episodes. Of course not is the answer for that.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't think 5 days was enough time to get "rusty" since Madison on Saturday night.