Bar Time

Friday, May 30, 2008

Mick Boogie still has five on it

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 9:35 AM

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Although he threatened a while back to move to New York, DJ Mick Boogie is still here, still bloggin', and, with partner-in-crime Terry Urban, still throwing his monster monthly old-school hip-hop party at Touch Supper Club (2710 Lorain Ave, 216.631.5200), a sweaty little joint in Ohio City. The party, I Got Five On It, is the last Saturday of every month (that's tomorrow night). It costs five bucks. And it serves as an important reminder that once, in a much simpler time, Tupac used to clown with the Underground: -- Joe P. Tone
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Thursday, May 29, 2008

After $2 drinks, you won't even be able to spell 'relativity'

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 12:58 PM

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"Whoa, this is harder after nine $2 drinks."
Scott Anderson, who runs Lorain’s low-key Closing Room, might be the only bar owner who knows the anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, that ground-breaking discovery that changed the way people bong beers. And he wants his regulars to be smart too, so he’s testing customers today at his E=MC2 Party. Way more importantly, he’s offering up $2 drinks. To help you prep for Anderson’s brainiac blowout, here’s a sampling of questions from an actual Mensa test that’ll make you the whiz kid of the party. You’ll find the answers at the end of the test. …

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jigsaw Saloon: Where the whacking of bad bartenders is cause for celebration

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 12:46 PM

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If the bartenders and waitresses at Parma’s Jigsaw Saloon and Stage seem a little giddy this week, they’re only boosting company morale. And it could score you a $100 bar tab. As one of the servers told me on Sunday afternoon, the club recently deep-sixed a handful of less-than-stellar employees. To “celebrate” the house-cleaning, its managers are promoting Practical Joke Week through Friday night. The customer who can pull the best prank on a staff member will get a $100 credit on their bar bill. And the workers will get the final say on the winning prank. This could get ugly. ...

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This just in: Hoopples’ resident guitar god Glenn Schwartz still completely nutso

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 12:16 PM

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Glenn Schwartz imparts his trademark blend of guitar godliness and Old Testament-spewing craziness every Thursday at Hoopples. If you haven't been, go.
We at C-Notes have an endless affinity for Glenn Schwartz, the stark-raving mad, Old Testament obsessed guitar virtuoso who plays every Thursday at Major Hoopples (1930 Columbus Ave. 216.575.0483). Maybe we’re gluttons for punishment, but to us, there’s nothing better than a long night spent being irately informed that Orientals have pissed in our beer by a toothless preacher who once played Jimi Hendrix’s birthday party. Perhaps the best part is the audience’s practiced non-plussed attitude toward the guy. If Schwartz played in California, angry picketers would demand his weekly show be yanked after one innocent diatribe against women or Chinese people. If he played in Brooklyn, hoards of hipsters would pay a $20 cover fee to get into the bar, and Robert DeNiro would produce a Glen Schwartz documentary that would sweep awards at the Tribeca Film Festival. ...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Is there a better place to watch the 'American Idol' finale than Bounce?

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 10:45 AM

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The last time we checked in on Paul Camp and Kelly Ignacio in February, they were holding court at Bounce, the popular gay bar/club on Detroit Avenue near West 25th, for the club’s weekly American Idol viewing party. Three months later, the duo is still glued to the widescreen TV, where they’ll be tonight for the crowning of America’s next pop tart. ...

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Something called 'soccer' to be broadcast on bar TVs today

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 9:05 AM

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In soccer, it seems, the jerseys are made out of smooth, silky human skin.
As most of northeast Ohio remains in mourning after the unfortunate series loss to the Boston Celtics and their collection of aliens, the rest of the world is hyping up for a sports match of the century. Chelsea F.C. will battle Manchester United F.C. for the Champions league title today at 2 p.m, and The Pub in Rocky River will open early to broadcast the game live on HD. There will be $4 pints and a special on fish and chips. On the east side, Cleveland Heights' Pub on Lee is also a noted soccer hang. If we're making absolutely no sense to you right now, worry not. This is a blog about soccer, the sport we hear about every four years when Mia Hamm and that snooty goalie with the strange name, Hope Solo, take over ESPN for a few weeks, disrupting our regular viewing of the pro bowling and superceding Mel Kiper Jr.’s mock mock draft. ...

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Brickhouse Bar spruces itself up, but keeps its beer prices peasant-friendly

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2008 at 8:18 AM

We made a surprise stop to the recently rehabbed Brickhouse Bar & Grill, where owner Chuck Colletti was busy wiping down the oak bar during a happy hour full of Slavic Village regulars. He was quick to talk about the “thousands of dollars” he spent to overhaul the club. “We basically gutted the property. We cleaned up all the problems, too,” says Colletti. “This is not a low-end spot.” But the price of a beer is. During Crazy Hour between 6 and 7 p.m., a bottle of domestic brew costs a measly buck. Got a couple more Georges in your wallet? Any one of the 60 imported microbrews runs $3. “A third of our business has been our imports,” says Colletti. “Word of mouth has been everything.” ...

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