Midtown, I’m heading your way tonight. Plus: Friday news

Tonight after work I’ll be on my way to Midtown. The local Fireball Whisky brand ambassador is organizing a Midtown pub crawl this evening, and I have been invited to participate. We’ll hit about 10 bars in that area throughout the night. I’ve been asked not to publish the exact running order, but I’ll throw out a few hints. We’re looking at stops in Cooper-Young, Overton Square (and bars easily walkable from Overton Square), the area near the old Piggly Wiggly location, and Vollintine-Evergreen. There will be at least one bar that also has a Downtown location on the crawl, and at least one bar where my “DAWG” John D hangs out regularly.

So, how are you supposed to find out where we’ll be, if I’m not going to tell you? “Like” the FIREBALL WHISKY – Memphis page on Facebook and you’ll get updates throughout the evening on where we are. If you run into us, you might get bought a shot or come away with some Fireball swag.

If you read my blog and see me out on the crawl tonight, come say hello. I really enjoy meeting my readers. Apologies in advance if I seem a little hammered on the later stops on the crawl. Don’t worry, none of us who are participating will be driving.

Last night the Fireball ambassador came in the Flying Saucer where I was hanging out, to share the details of the crawl. He was totally prepared to buy everyone sitting at the bar a shot, but the Downtown Saucer doesn’t carry Fireball, which is just weird. They missed out on a tab of around $100. Even weirder is that we called the Cordova Saucer and they verified that they do carry the cinnamon-flavored whisky.

The Saucer may not carry Fireball, but they do carry a lot of beer. Tonight they will tap a rare beer, Stone 16th Anniversary Double IPA. There wasn’t a time listed, but these tappings usually occur around 7 PM.

The Memphis Grizzlies, now atop the Western Conference standings, host the New York Knicks at 8:30 tonight at the FedExForum. If you don’t attend the game, it will be televised on ESPN. If you’re attending the game and want to pre-game at the Double J Smokehouse and Saloon, they have a limo that can drop you off at the FedExForum.

Memphis has been named one of the Top 10 “Destinations on the Rise” by TripAdvisor. Very cool.

Screen-captured from Foursquare: Downtown’s most well-known food panhandler strikes again.

Hostess is liquidating its assets. No more Twinkies or Ding Dongs or Sno Balls. However, Mashable has eight Hostess recipes you can make at home.

Coming Soon to the Men’s Room: Games You Play with Your Pee. Oh my God. Between this, the demise of Twinkies, and Snooki becoming a mom, I really have to wonder if the Mayans’ prediction of the end of civilization in 2012 will come true. Bible scholars, is there anything in the book of Revelations about Twinkies or pee?

All right. Time to hit Publish, work a few more hours, and then the pub crawl begins. Hope to see some of you out in Midtown!