The Super Bowl is one week away, so it’s time for me to start collecting info about bars throwing Super Bowl parties for a future post. If you run a bar Downtown, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (or hit me up on Facebook if that works better for you) and let me know what you’ve got going on. I’ll compile a list and post it mid to late week. (Bardog, Saucer and Mulligan’s: I have your info already.)
I do this every year, but this time around I’m going to be paying close attention to my own list. For the first time since 2005 I don’t have a house party to go to for the Super Bowl… my friend who usually throws one in his condo won’t be in town. As a result, I’m kind of at a loss for where to go. I’ll ask around where has been good in recent years.
Fun day yesterday. I did a little day drinking with my friend John D at Bardog, drinking PBR at Panda Manda’s bar. I ordered the Soup of the Day, which was a roasted poblano pepper and chicken soup. It was delicious. I’ve never been a soup person, but the specials at Bardog and Brass Door are starting to make me re-think it. In the evening, I started at the Saucer, then went on to Blind Bear where it was Whitney’s birthday. The Bear was super packed but I had a fun time catching up with friends, neighbors, poker buddies and BBQ teammates.
A couple of times during the day yesterday I heard good things about this new Double J’s Saloon that is to open soon on South Main. I don’t want to give away any details that they’re not ready to release to the public, but I’ll say I have reason to believe that the food there will be good beyond all expectations. I have also heard that they expect to have a lot of synergy with Max’s Sports Bar around the corner. They serve liquor, whereas Max’s is beer only. Max, I’ve been told, isn’t threatened by his new neighbor at all, and understands that having two bars so close by will make South Main more of a destination, benefiting both bars in the long run.
So in a month or two I’ll have a neighborhood bar, a beer garden, a lounge, an Irish pub, a speakeasy, a sports bar, and a saloon, all of which I can walk or trolley to within minutes. 2012 is a great time to be a Downtowner.
Time to hit Publish and get the day started. I will be at the Majestic for mimosas at 11, and the Saucer for beer at 12. Possible stops later in the day: Hung Over Like a Bear brunch at Blind Bear (3 PM); Memphis Jazz Orchestra at Alfred’s (6 PM); Jeffrey and the Pacemakers at Huey’s (8:30 PM).