Of Bars, Booze, and Bartending - Proving "Coughlin's Law" Invalid Since Feb '05

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Welcome! I've saved you a barstool.

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I'm not a doctor, but I play one behind the bar. Actually, in that sense, I'm more like a nurse.

I'd like to take a moment to greet all the new readers who have found my little blog, either through the Cincinnati Magazine article in the April 2007 edition, or the very nice mention in CiN Weekly. Welcome! May I pour you a cool, refreshing, delicious cocktail?

It's been my Golden Rule Of Blogging that quality is more important than quantity, so this isn't by any stretch a daily blog. I'm in the business of telling stories, and they make themselves apparent in a way in which I can't control; therein lies the beauty, the unexpected, amazing tale from a stranger. In fact, sometimes when things around the bar are really slow, it's not even a weekly blog.

Some posts are more memorable than others, so I've linked to a few of them below. They're either posts I've received many nice emails or links about, or more "controversial" posts, often related to the tipping habits of patrons, which inspired a flurry of action in the Comments section. :-) There's so much more in the archives, but at the very least, these posts will give new readers a little taste of what they're in for!

The Ten Minute Gimlet

A Creamy Orange Martini for a Warm Spring Evening (includes a link to some of my more popular drink recipes)

On The Rocks

The White Russian Bible

A Whore Named Katrina

"May I speak to the bartender?"

Semi-Famous Radio Gasbags Behave Poorly In Public, Too.

2006 Food Blog Awards


The One Where the Owner's Daughter Gets Hit On

Am I a glorified beggar?

The Snowy Seven Hills

Bronson Arroyo Is Hot All Over Again

Ice Storm

You ask "Can we transfer the bar tab to our table?"

In closing, I hope you've enjoyed yourself in my little corner of the blogosphere, well-represented by Cincinnatians. I hope you'll take a moment to read through the Tavern Wench Archives, and, if you're local, please be certain to click on the excellent Ohio and Northern Kentucky blogs linked-to under "I'm callin' you from somewhere deep in Ohio." And, here's a special shout-out to Cincinnati Magazine's Brent Donaldson. He's a gem!

I'll leave you with Three Tavern Wench Rules: Always be nice to the bartender; never, ever, ever transfer your tab to your table; and be sure to end each post with a song lyric. :-)

Cheers! I'm happy you're here. Please come back again soon.

I like a good beer buzz early in the morning
And Billy likes to peel the labels from his bottles of Bud
He shreds them on the bar, and he lights every match in an oversized pack
Lettin' each one burn
Down to his thick fingers before blowing and cursing them out
And he's watching the bottles of Bud as they spin on the floor
And a happy couple enters the bar
Dangerously close to one another
The bartender looks up from his her want ads
But all I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I'm not the only one
All I wanna do is have some fun
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard

- Sheryl Crow, "All I Wanna Do"

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