Restaurant Review: Kelly’s Pub (Carteret, NJ)

They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Well, when you are about to walk into a bar and read a sign near the door saying, “Pledge allegiance or get the hell out!”, I think your mind would begin to¬†form certain images. I was expecting to see a raucous crowd of old, white men…

Restaurant Review: Lambertville House (Lambertville, NJ)

Ever since I started to review places based solely on drinking experiences with no food and going in-depth with it, I have come to develop a deeper appreciation for different bars I have been to. A quick visit to the Lambertville House for drinks the other day did nothing but make me crave a dark,…

Restaurant Review: Ripper’s Pub (Bethlehem, PA)

Bethlehem is loaded with many fine restaurants. That much is apparent. But as Justin and I walked around town (this being my first-ever visit), nothing spoke to us. We finally found one place that we wanted to try only to realize a few moments later that it was closed. It was a Monday after all….

Restaurant Review: The Sitting Duck (Long Branch, NJ)

Long Branch and, of course, Asbury Park have hopping restaurant scenes. However, both of these areas are as foreign to me as the landscape of Mars. If this blog is going to get to the next level, this can no longer be so. I am making it my mission to become more familiar with other…

Photo of the Day: April 25, 2018

A “bar caddy” I picked up at an antique store in Keyport to hold the stirrers that neither myself nor anyone else ever use.

Photo of the Day: February 18, 2018

An addition to the top of my bar. It was found in a bin of antiques I was going through in my basement as we prepared to move last month.

Photo of the Day: September 18, 2017

Who doesn’t love a bar in a historic building? Just look at gorgeous woodwork and ceiling inside Frenchtown’s National Hotel. Summer 2017.

Restaurant Review: The Globe Hotel (Red Bank, NJ)

The Globe Hotel has been serving up drinks since 1840. At that time, there was actual lodging. Today, it’s just a bar and restaurant. I had been there for the first time two or three years ago. My friend had something famous in these parts—the Globe Burger—which is just like any other burger except for…

Photo of the Day: August 30, 2017

With the summer coming to an end, I’m looking back to a 4th of July party which I bartended at for the second year in a row. It’s a great gig. My friend who is a chef does the cooking, his wife who is also a close friend of mine does the singing, and another…

Restaurant Review: The National Hotel (Frenchtown, NJ)

As I walked in, it reminded me of the hotel from the 1967 Richard Burton movie The Comedians. On the outside, some paint was peeling off the siding. Had it seen better days? I did not know what to expect. The front doors were open, while the antique ceiling fans circulated the air through the…