Bar Belle: Smorgasbord

I typed the headline of this column first, knowing I really don’t have a central topic to discuss but rather a smattering of several things. Somehow, smorgasbord just came out, and it made me think of the early days of buffet dining. Remember when Wendy’s had a salad bar? I’d make nachos and chocolate pudding my entire meal. And then there were bigger buffets, like Ponderosa and Ryan’s Steakhouse. Those were the shit back then, weren’t they? I’d grab a salad bowl and head straight to the vat of mashed potatoes and brown gravy. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Anyone up for dinner tonight?

Cake trumps Outkast
Sadly, I’m only referring to one band in the subhead. I hear the Outkast performance at last weekend’s Forecastle was one of the best. I actually had tickets to go and intended to return downtown after dinner. However, my plans detoured to the St. Agnes church picnic, and I just couldn’t peel myself off the blackjack table, or from winning cakes and plants, or drinking cheap draft beer. Deep down I knew I was missing out on a musical moment in Louisville history, but my friends, girlfriend and I just couldn’t stop winning. When it was all said and done and the last carnival ride slowed to a halt, we came home with three cakes, four plants, no money and bellies full of beer. May the memories we made last longer than the plant I now have on my porch.

A Time & Space for everything
Last weekend my friend and I stopped into the new Time & Space bar at 1279 Bardstown Road, formerly the original Highlands Tap Room location. They’ve totally redone the place and given it a softer, more chill vibe. And the prices were right up my alley. Since it was the opening weekend, they offered Fireball shots for $1! Also, their domestic beer prices start at $2.50, which floats my boat, and they offer more than 25 bourbons and 40 craft beers — 12 of them on tap. The bartender said they’ll have live music and DJs on weekends, so be sure to check it out next time you’re eating at Kashmir or are bored with your familiar haunts.

Tap That Craft a success!
On Sunday, LEO hosted our first ever Tap That Craft brewery hop that consisted of visiting four breweries by bus — and drinking at each, of course. Participants even got a growler, which some filled up at each stop and shared while on the bus. As the day progressed, it was fun to watch how people’s spirit and enthusiasm multiplied by 10 after each beer consumed. There was cheering for trivia, cheering for beer sharing, cheering for the Cards and Cats — even cheering for the bus as it pulled onto the highway. Strangers became friends quicker than you could fist-bump. Plans were made for future drinks. Beer was spilled. Laughter was spontaneous. Overall, it was a good time had by all, except maybe the bus drivers.

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Three cheers for $1 beers
Did you know that every Friday and Saturday night, Qdoba in the Highlands has a party on their patio featuring $1 domestic and $1.50 Mexican beers? I’m pretty sure that’s one of the best deals in town. It’s hard to find domestic buckets of five for under $10 nowadays, much less five Coronas for under $10! It starts at 6 p.m. and runs till about 9 or so. And there’s live music!

Drunk Texts of the Week
• That went over like a bone in a taco
• Jack White is no Phil Collins
• Just cause I’m gay doesn’t mean I don’t like Def Leppard
• Will you put my queenie in your guillotine?

Send your drunk texts to shavens@leoweekly.com. My blog is at barbelle.leoweekly.com. Word.

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