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Bar Review – Manitoba’s

Posted in Bar or Beer Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by thebrewyorker

A fun, old school New York bar in the East Village where the drinks are cheap, the atmosphere rocks, and there’s always something going on. We have Clare Goggin from Beer Goggins to help us out, too!

YouTube link here.

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Bar Review – Dive Bar

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by thebrewyorker

Dive Bar, located on the Upper West Side, is not what it’s name would have you think. It’s actually an underground training organization for the Banana Hammocks, a boy band bent on world domination.

Actually, it’s a bar with a nautical theme. Enjoy!

Youtube link here.

Bar Review – The Riviera

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by thebrewyorker

What happens when you take a Boston Sports Bar and put it smack dab in the middle of the West Village? You wind up with the Riviera, a chill place with a good atmosphere and good times!

YouTube link here.

Truth Is More Plentiful Than Fiction

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by thebrewyorker

The other day I was at a bar with Jake, shooting something. Afterwards we were talking with the bartender. He was talking about how there are hundreds of stories bartenders have relating to drunk people, crazy people, and bars. The bartender said he wanted to collect all these stories and put them in a book. Unfortunately, nobody wanted to talk about them. Didn’t feel comfortable divulging the stories. Understandable, but sad.

We have done a few segments on this site for this series called “Thank You, Alcohol,” where we simply point the camera towards someone and have them tell a crazy alcohol related story. There haven’t been many, because not many people are exactly willing to tell embarrassing stories on camera.

As you can see from Youtube, however, the problem isn’t that there aren’t enough people willing to tell these stories; it’s just that The Brew Yorker doesn’t really have access to these people. Granted, I’m only talking about a very small percentage of Youtube videos that tell a true story, in one of several formats (personal account, documentary, etc). What we begin to see is why the entertainment industry is suffering so much. Truth isn’t just stranger than fiction; it’s more plentiful, more profitable, more accessible, and easier to produce. Reality shows don’t count, obviously.

What does this mean for entertainment and the internet in general? Well, we’re talking about a major revolution in media; one that is in progress, and transforming the world so quickly, no one can keep track. What does this mean for The Brew Yorker? Hopefully more fans…

So the next time you’re out with friends trying to decide what to do, instead of paying $12 a person to see a movie, just go to someone’s apartment and exchange crazy stories for two hours. Chances are, the latter option will be more entertaining. Alternatively, you could just watch Brew Yorker videos for 2 hours…

– David

Opening A Bar

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 3, 2009 by thebrewyorker

Bars are always very crowded in New York City. ALWAYS. After all these years of living here, I am still fascinated by how you can literally get squeezed out of a bar if it’s too crowded. So I thought to myself; my God, if every bar in New York is always this popular, why don’t I start a bar? I’d make a killing!

Granted, we’re in the midst of a recession, but starting a business is equally challenging no matter what the state of the economy is. Plus, there are more location opportunities, since several business closings have led to more vacant lots. Curious, I asked a bouncer at a bar in Greenwich Village about it. His reply? “I’ve worked at a lot of bars. Many of them were started by people who thought the same way. And they’re all out of business.”

He then laughed, saying he didn’t want to discourage me too much, but mentioned that there’s a lot more to running a bar then opening the doors and taking drunk people’s money. There’s a million licensing fees, there’s the costs of constantly having to fix things that drunk people break or vomit on…then, of course, you need a crapload of starting capital to afford the rent and the re-modeling costs up front. But in the end, he encouraged me to give it a go.

I’m tempted to try it, but first I need about $100,000. So if anybody reading this has about a hundred thousand dollars lying around, feel free to send it to me (check or money order will do just fine), and I’ll name the bar after you. Sounds good? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to make a few phone calls…

-David