Archive for October, 2010

A Dueling Piano Bar in Uptown? Checkmate.

Posted by    |    October 26th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m hardest on the ones I love. My dad has been writing books for years, and I’m his harshest critic. My mother is a thespian (and dramatic enough to call herself such instead of actress), but same thing, I feel like I’m the most pessimistic about her work. So, recently my bf informed me of his plans to open a dueling piano bar in Uptown called the Penguin (yes, same bf that left me down at the Cotton Bowl for Tx/Ou). I don’t know if I’m realistic or just an A-hole, but I was a tad concerned to say the least. Bars not only require alcohol and drunken college girls, they survive on atmosphere, a certain feel, a vibe if you know what I mean. I’ve seen Mic’s passion for décor and atmosphere, and well; let’s leave it at me being concerned for the Penguin’s livelihood. (more…)

Who told?

Posted by    |    October 11th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Alright, who spilled the martini olives about Renfield’s Corner? It used to be quieter – a nice break from the monotony of Friday nights (er, Saturday mornings) split between Black Friar and Idle Rich. But with the out-of-towner overload that comes with Texas/OU weekend, and Arkansas vs whoever, it’s been difficult to make one’s way to the front of the line to slip the bouncer a visit from President Jackson, let alone get one’s hands on a Purple Jesus; which I recommend, if your line-jumping skills warrant you inside the venue. (Skip the Paloma’s tartness, unless your taste buds can’t tell the difference between gummy bears and sour patch kids…but if that’s your case, I’d recommend seeing a doctor before the inside of a bar.)

Uptowners (and out-of-towners) have been collecting olives lately to push Renfield’s status from secret nook to sardine tin, where you know everybody’s name, instead of the Ted Danson version. If you’re unfamiliar with Renfields, I a) don’t know what rock you’ve been living under and b) will leave it to Bing and/or Google to provide you with the address, as I tend to be somewhat impatient in regard to my right hand’s need to have a drink Velcro-ed to it at all times, though I will admit I do enjoy seeing a hefty amount of my friends in one location. Middle of the road, I know. So if it was you who spilled the perfectly good, well-packaged olives, I suppose I can forgive you over a colorful Jesus.