Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Week 0: What's a Bar?

Kelly, my wife, and I ran into two problems before we started putting this blog together. The first was, how do you define a bar? The second, what bar do you go to the week before you start a quest to go to Every Bar in Lakewood? The answer to the second was obvious, Chinese food. I love eating at Szechwan Garden. However, they are not a bar and do not get on the list.

Here are our results:

1. There must be a bar to sit at.

2. You should be able to sit at the bar without feeling awkward for not ordering food.

3. You shouldn't have to pay a cover, as long as it's not a special occasion.

4. You shouldn't have to pay stadium pricing for a beer.

I like beer. I drink for quality over quantity and haven't has a hangover in ages. I like a beer whose taste can be talked about and doesn't require it to be ice cold to be drinkable. Now don't get me wrong, I'll happily drink a Bud or a PBR if that's what's available. I won't however, like a bar more just because its beer is super cheap. This blog is about what all the bars of Lakewood have to offer. I'll try to enjoy what makes each one awesome. This will include: atmosphere, beer selection, service, food, awesome, and what's being sold out of a pickle jar. I figure there must be a reason why people keep coming back to each bar when they have almost 50 other options. I'm going to find out what they are.

Starting the 1st week of July I will begin my quest to go to almost 50 different bars in under 52 weeks. These will usually be picked at random. Let me know what you think as I go and if you see me come say hello. I'll be the bearded guy in the orange t-shirt. This is the beginning of a new adventure, one beer at a time. Check back every week to see what I've found. Pick up a shirt and see if you too have what it takes to drink in Every Bar in Lakewood.