Cruise, Experience, Happy Hour, Nightclubs, Travel

Cruising….on a Sunday Afternoon…

Yes, we know the song is Groovin on a Sunday Afternoon by The Rascals, but today we wanted to talk about cruising.  No not in our Impala down the strip, but on a boat.  A really big boat.  5 years ago, some Happy Hour Gang members took a cruise to Mexico, we called it the Alcholocaust. (yes in hind sight, the name was…well…let’s just say it wasn’t our finest moment.

This was a cruise that brought a lot of people together whom are still friends today. People bonded over tacos, Unicorn Blood, silly hats and an 80’s prom.

If you didn’t already know, Ki..Ki..Ki..Kina and Johnny T are married, and will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary next year.  So what did they want to do to mark their 1/10th of a century together?  You guessed it!  They want to go on a cruise.

Which brings us to the real reason for this entry: How do we sneak all that alcohol on board?

Now as you know, getting alcohol on board a cruise ship is one that requires cunning, stealth and being calm at the time of boarding.   Here are our top 5 tips for you.

1. Do not pack your alcohol in a carry on bag.

When you head to boarding, your first stop is a metal detector and X-Ray machine. Right behind the boarding agent you will see a bin filled with all the failed attempts to sneak alcohol on board.  Water bottles filled with vodka, 6 packs of water bottles with one bottle filled with gin.  Yup, they all didn’t work. Oh and don’t think about adding a few bottles in the middle of a carton of soda, they will rip it open and check. Plus, X-Ray, duh.

2. Buy one drink on board in a souvenir cup.

Yes we know it’s $20, but you can use the cup again and again with your own stash. Brilliant right?

3. Be consistent.

When you pack your suitcase, remember that consistence is key!  Don’t fold all your shirts and then have all your t-shirts rolled. If you roll everything, not only will you have a lot of extra room, for more stuff, but it will not look suspicious when they open up to check.

4. Small bottles work great.

You know which ones we’re talking about, they are always on sale for $1 at the cash register. A few of those can be easily stored in your toiletry bag. Smart huh?

5. Stuff your shoes.

If you use the plastic liquid flask, stuff them in your shoes, and don’t over fill! See more tips on THIS PAGE.

So a few of the members are getting ready to head to Alaska next year, and if you would might want to join us, give Kerstin Thompson a call at Norwegian Cruise Lines and ask to join The Great Theivagt Cruise. 954.514.4152.
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Drink Locally, Happy Hour, Happy Hour Las Vegas, Lounges & Bars, Neighborhood & Local, Restaurants, Social Drinking, Uncategorized

LET’S HAVE A DRINK!

The date is set and the location chosen!

Join us for National Chip and Dip Day, Thursday March 23, 2017! (Yes, we know it’s OVER a month away.)

Landry’s on Sahara has been a staple in the Las Vegas Valley for some time and made a big splash when the holding company purchased the Golden Nugget in 2005.  You’ve probably eaten at a Landry’s restaurant and didn’t even know it!  They are the owner of these famous brands:

(This is not a paid endorsement from the Landry’s organization or any of their brands…just passing on newly found knowledge.)

But we will buy you a drink if you tweet, friend, tag or share us!  Use the hashtag #HHGLV so we can find you!

Hope you can join us!  We’ll be the loud bunch at the bar!

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Drink Locally, Happy Hour, Happy Hour Las Vegas, Lounges & Bars, Neighborhood & Local, Restaurants, Social Drinking, The Strip, Travel

Where Did We Go?

That’s a fair question don’t you think?

We’re still here.

Just waiting on Biscuit to send in her review of B.A.R. (Very awesome place by the way) and for Johnny T’s review about a few places that he had the opportunity to travel to. (SIGH)

So we wait…but not for long.

I am in the process of getting something together for a random holiday in March.  Can’t decide on Thursday, March 16th, Everything You Do Is Right Day, Sunday, March 19th National Corn Dog Day or Thursday, March 23rd National Chip and Dip Day. It’ll come to me soon, so be on the lookout for an invite soon.

-Ki.Ki.Ki.Kina

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Happy Hour, Lounges & Bars, Neighborhood & Local, Scared Scotchless, Social Drinking

Herbs & Rye

Meeting Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Number of Attendees: 7
Reviewed By: ki…ki…ki…Kina

Where in the world do we start about this place? How about at the front door.  We arrived early to set up for the hoards of people we just knew were going to come,  yeah, that didn’t happen.  More on that later.  The bar opens at 5 pm, not 4:45, 4;55 but promptly at 5 pm.  So we waited with about 20 other people.  Never have we been to a place that commanded such a following or dedicated crowd.  Our interest has been peaked!

Located next to a gas station and a strip mall riddled with vape shops and a dive bar, you wouldn’t expect to find this place. It’s like a hologram suite on the Star Ship Enterprise (TNG):  It’s a regular day outside, but inside you are in an entirely different environment. Herbs & Rye is for all intents and purposes a Speakeasy.  Secret doors to offices, dapper waiters and hosts and a drink menu to die for!  The red velvet walls, low lighting and great atmosphere lent to the cool vibe of this local tavern.

They graciously set up a nice table for us and took great care to make sure we were taken care of during the time we were there. The owner, who appeared out of one of the secret bookshelf doors was super chill and matched the attitude of the bar he created.

Let’s talk about the menu.  For Happy Hour, well drinks, beers and few wines were priced 1/2 off, but the biggest draw for the HH crowd is the half off steaks!  YES!  We are talking a full sized, cooked deliciously until you are ready to run around the restaurant and ask everyone “Why are you not eating this!??”   For appetizers, there were two that qualified for HH pricing: Spicy Mussels and Littleneck Clams.  The mussels, served in a tomato stew, was a plate full of flavor.  There’s enough to feed 2-3 people and  to use the baguette to clean up the leftovers.  Trust us, you will want to do that. The Littleneck Clams  in butter, herbs and lemon…..give us a second we are reliving that moment.  Divine.  It was like the butter grew feet and danced all over your tongue with lemon leading them in a lively version of Riverdance.  Again, use the baguette people!  Just use it!

Jonny T of Scared Scotchless loved the whiskey selection.  He was like a giddy little school boy who was on his way to see his favorite teacher!  An active member of The  Scotch Addicts group on the book of face, he didn’t waste time in telling the other members of this hidden gem.  Read about his adventure soon on his page Scared Scotchless.

The cocktail menu is separated by periods of time: Gothic,  Golden Age,  Old School Age, Prohibition, Years of Reform, Rat Pack Era, Tiki Boom, and Revival.  That takes you from 1776- present time. ARE YOU KIDDING US!!?  Most of the group stayed in the Prohibition section with The Bees Knees and the Mary Pickford. To describe it is to raise your expectations, but we want you to be the judge of the how great these drinks are and try them for yourself.  But just to let you know…The Bees Knees is just that….the bees gosh darn freaking knees.

This location rates high on our drinkable scale.  The limited HH drinks were just like other bars, but we recommend that you go with higher price expectations and try some of their specialty cocktails and have the freaking steak!!

Herbs & Rye is located at 3713 W. Sahara in Las Vegas Nevada.  Reservations are highly recommended 702-982-8036

The Happy Hour Gang is not associated or affiliated with Herbs & Rye. Reviews are based on the attendees of a planned meeting by the members and hosts of The Happy Hour Gang.

 

 

 

Downtown Las Vegas, Drink Locally, Experience, Happy Hour, Happy Hour Las Vegas, Lounges & Bars, Scared Scotchless, Scotch and Whiskey, Social Drinking

This is Not a Rant

Is whisky a drink? Funny to be asking this, isn’t it? I mean isn’t it obvious that whisky is a beverage? And yet there are investors who buy and sell whisky to make money. At least one person has stated quite clearly that it isn’t a drink. And he’s right. Whisky is a commodity. As a commodity, it has a mysterious quality. It is not a physical property of the item. It is an intangible quality. Like the philosopher Slavoj Zizek has said about Coca-Cola, where the marketing of the product emphatically embraces this intangible quality in its advertisements. Coke is it. Coke is the real thing. Enjoy Coke. What is “it”? What is “the real thing”? Am I obligated to “enjoy” Coke? Does the same hold true for whisky?

When you read about whisky in its descriptions you’ll read all about how this whisky or Ardbeg-Corryvreckanthat was “handcrafted”  “in small batches,” as part of “a limited run” “restricted to x number of bottles” and this treatment will magically infuse the product with something not resulting from its distillation. It is rare. It is special. Possess the bottle and you will possess this something extra.

Drinkers often ask if a particular whisky is worth the extra money spent. That depends. Some whisky is matured for over two decades or more. The age on the bottle (if it has an age statement) is the age of the youngest whisky in the mix. Since it must be maintained for a longer time, the expense involved means that, in order to make a profit, more must be charged to the buyer. This is understandable, but from a taste perspective, this extra expense may not reflect it’s value as a drink meant to be consumed. A higher price tag doesn’t always mean the product tastes better. And in the case of purchasing for investment, the higher price may have nothing at all to do with its taste, but more of its value as a rare commodity.

Like the wine industry, where certain bottles go for thousands of dollars (or more), the wines meant to be consumed on a daily basis by true fans are likely to be some of the least expensive. If I like wine at lunch and dinner on a daily basis I cannot afford to drink high priced, or even moderately priced wines with every meal. The bottles that cost five dollars or so are meant to be enjoyed often. They may not be the best, but they are good, and more importantly can be enjoyed often without breaking the budget. There are similar offerings in the world of whisky, but usually for quite a bit more than five dollars.

But as a drinker of whisky, is it ever worth it to buy a bottle to be consumed once it has achieved investment status? Have the investors essentially destroyed the whisky’s value as a drink? More importantly, by making a particular whisky be rare so as to increase its appeal to the whisky brokers, are distillers catering not to drinkers, but rather to the investors and are thus making products made to be forever bought and sold but rarely consumed? or is this an unfortunate and unintended result?