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Friday, December 19, 2014

Vote for the 2014 Drunk of the Year!

Posted by on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM

It's that time of year again! Time to vote for your favorite inebriated, drunky-pants superstar! We need your vote to choose who will win the much-coveted title of "Drunk of the Year." The winner will be prominently featured on the cover of The Stranger, so choose wisely! Voting ends Friday, December 19, at 6 p.m.

1. Michael and His High Life

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2. Kelley and Her Even Higher Life

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3. Hey Look, It's Santa!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

10 Frames: Hangin' Tuff, Karaoke, Nark at KEXP, and Bottom 40

Posted by on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

A sampling of shots from last weekend.

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  • A Very Tuff Xmas: Hangin' Tuff debuted their second season at a very festive blow out at Fred Wildlife Refuge. Brand new episodes were aired on massive projection screens in between a bill of rad local bands including Clutch Douglass, Thunderpussy, and Don't Talk To The Cops!

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  • Permanent party favors: The Hangin' Tuff team gave out free flash tattoos from Alaska Street Tattoo Parlour to early arrivers.

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  • A holly jolly Christmas: Hangin' Tuff host Bobbi Rich rocked a Nutcracker inspired look while dancers Caela Bailey and Takiyah Ward served Christmas morning realness.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Bartender Crush: Karen at the Lookout

Posted by on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 5:38 PM

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Name: Karen.

Where: The Lookout.

Buy Her a Shot Of: Chilled Grey Goose.

Ask Her to Make You A: Mai tai.

What She’s Doing When She’s Not at the Bar: “Drinking chilled Grey Goose! No, I kid. Hanging out with my dog, hiking, camping. I’m a pretty mellow, down-to-earth girl.”

Words to Live By: “If you’re talking about me, you’re leaving some other poor bitch alone.”

Friday, December 12, 2014

Drunk of the Week: What's Going On In This Photo?

Posted by on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Really though, should I have used a Sharpie® Marker? Read more! >>>

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bartender Crush: Derik at the Crocodile

Posted by on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 5:28 PM

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Name: Derik.

Where: The Crocodile and the Neumos complex.

Buy Him a Shot Of: Jameson, Espolón, or an Otter Pop.

Ask Him to Make You An: Old Fashioned or a margarita. “We don’t really do them that much at either place,” Derik says, “and I think my margaritas are good."

What He’s Doing When He’s Not at the Bar: "Usually just lying on the couch watching Netflix with my cat, Cheeto, or watching hockey with some of my other friends. That’s during the wintertime. During the summer, I play baseball and go to the beach."

Words to Live By: "Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza." I’ve been living that since like age 7 thanks to the Ninja Turtles."

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Drunk of the Week: Where's the Weirdest Place You've "Fallen Asleep?"

Posted by on Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I once slept, under the stars, on top of an old pool table in a field, during the Montana Testicle Festival. It was a pretty disorienting place to wake up, to say the least. How 'bout you? Read more! >>>

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bartender Crush: Lyndsay at Blue Moon Tavern

Posted by on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

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Name: Lyndsay

Where: Blue Moon Tavern

Buy Her a Shot Of: Agave tequila. “Something clean and easy,” Lyndsay says.

Ask Her to Make You A: Blood & Sand (or anything but beer). “A lot of people order beer here so I get excited when people order a little bit more complex drinks. We got good scotch in recently, so I learned how to make a Blood & Sand, which is a little bit of orange juice, scotch or bourbon, cherry liqueur, and dry vermouth. You can put some bitters in there if you want to. It’s tasty and scotch warms up your tummy this time of year.”

What She’s Doing When She’s Not at the Bar: “I teach people how to Hula-Hoop dance up on Capitol Hill, so that’s fun. We have a hoop here (at the bar) so when people get uninhibited, they have something to do. They can work it out. I’m also a silversmith.”

Words to Live By: “Remember, be here now.”

Thursday, November 27, 2014

How to Make a Gravy Martini

Posted by on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Thanksgiving 2010.
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  • Thanksgiving 2010.

If you can't spend Thanksgiving with your actual family, I have to say, spending it playing "Guess Da Doohickey" out in the garage with a Yooper named Hoolie from Ishpeming, "Mitch-hih-gen," has got to be the next best thing.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We Asked 12 Holiday Trees in Downtown Seattle...

Posted by on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 2:15 PM

"What the hell are you doing here? Already? It's not even Thanksgiving yet!"

Bitch! I am on the scene, now right after Halloween. So suck it. What newspaper did you say you work for?
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  • "Bitch! I'm sometimes on the scene right after Halloween!!! And I'm here now for charity, so suck it! What newspaper did you say you work for, again?"

"What do you think of Black Friday? Of capitalism?"

I hate it personally. I wish I could participate in the #BlackLivesMatter protest this Friday, but Im totally stuck standing here in this hotel lobby.
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  • "I hate it, personally. I wish I could participate in the #BlackLivesMatter protest on Friday this year, but I'm totally stuck standing here in this hotel lobby."

"Whoa, looky-loo at YOU! Are you Irish?"

Dia dhuit! And, remember—a turkey never voted for an early Christmas!
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  • "Dia dhuit! And remember—a turkey never voted for an early Christmas..."

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bartender Crush: Taylor at Rendezvous

Posted by on Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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Name: Taylor

Where: Rendezvous

Buy Her a Shot Of: Mind Eraser. “If I haven’t already Fernet about it,” she says.

Ask Her to Make You A: Sidecar or a martini. “We do craft cocktails here, so I really enjoy making ridiculous things—spice it up a little bit.”

What She’s Doing When She’s Not at the Bar: “If I’m not here, which is rare, cuddling with my dog, Boomhauer. He's the best. Headbanging. Hiking. Rock climbing. Being a dingus.”

Words to Live By: “I’ll have to quote FUBAR on that: Turn up the good, turn down the suck!”

Friday, November 21, 2014

Drunk of the Week: A Fashion "Do" or a Fashion "Don't"

Posted by on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

If someone accuses you of something pretty nasty, is it better to ignore it—or should you retaliate? And what if your retaliation comes in the form of t-shirt? Read more! >>>

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Bartender Crush: Colin at the Oak

Posted by on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 4:01 PM

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Name: Colin

Where: the Oak and 95 Slide

Buy Him a Shot Of: Fernet on the rocks.

Ask Him to Make You A: Great Goblin. “It’s a cocktail I made up," he says. "It’s a UK Sour with a walnut liqueur and a float of red wine. It’s nice for the cold days.”

What He’s Doing When He’s Not at the Bar: “Making food, riding motorcycles, looking for aliens, and playing some music. I’m in this band Nightmare Fortress; we play dark, dancey music.”

Words to Live By: “If you can, just do what you want and make sure to enjoy it and it’ll make you a lot happier.”

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bartender Crush: Wizdumb at Vermillion

Posted by on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Wizdumb pictured here with his Australian White Tree Frogs, Barry White and Betty White
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  • Wizdumb pictured here with his Australian White's Tree Frogs, Barry and Betty White.

Name: Wizdumb

Where: Vermillion

Buy Him a Shot Of: Hornitos, however… “I don’t really drink shots,” Wizdumb says. “I do Pabst Blue Ribbon.”

Ask Him to Make You An: Old Dirty Fashioned. “I just made it up the other day. It’s an Old Fashioned with a splash of Coca-Cola in it and a little flaming orange zest.”

What He’s Doing When He’s Not at the Bar:Making rap music for my new album. It’s called Möstly Crëw and it’s coming out Christmas Eve. I produce and I rap. I feed frogs. And I’m a professional dingus.”

Words to Live By: “There’s a couple of George Carlin quotes that I really like, but I think my favorite is, ‘Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music.’”

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Kelly O, Can I Nominate This Guy for Drunk of the Week?

Posted by on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

This clip, god damn; I suspect many of us have been there. Well, I know I HAVE BEEN there, at least once (ahem). I remember having this much trouble walking home the final night Moe was open; I had to follow the cracks in the sidewalk in order not to fall over. OOF! But, it was the '90s, I was so much younger then!

The soundtrack, "I'm Coming Home in the Morning," is by the mighty Lou Pride.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bartender Crush: Ryan at Bastille

Posted by on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

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Name: Ryan

Where: Bastille and Rumba

Buy Him A Shot Of: Fernet

Ask Him To Make You A: Tiki drink. “I like lighting stuff on fire,” Ryan says.

What He’s Doing When He’s Not At The Bar: “I’m usually going to bar or playing music with my band. We’re called Sailor Mouth and we’re mastering our new record right now. It’s kind of bittersweet. Unfortunately our producer passed away last week. His name was Ikey Owens. He was awesome, a very great guy, so this album is going to be a tribute to him.”

Words To Live By: “Own what you order.”

Drunk of the Week: Write a Seahawks Haiku!

Posted by on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM


Errr, rather, write a haiku about the feelings you have for THE FANS of the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some samples, to get your poetry-brain fired up:

Football what the fuck?
It's just a big waste of time
12th man is a sham

Give each team a ball:
They won't have to fight over
one - everyone wins!

hawks hawks hawks hawks hawks
hawks hawks hawks hawks hawks hawks hawks
hawks hawks hawks hawks (pukes)

Write yours, right here >>>

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bartender Crush: Jackie at the Dubliner

Posted by on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

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Name: Jackie

Where: The Dubliner

Buy Her A Shot Of: Hussongs

Ask Her To Make You A: Vitamin C. “It’s vodka, orange juice, and energy drink, shaken,” Jackie says.

What She’s Doing When She’s Not At The Bar: “Either playing video games, watching movies, reading, or hanging out with friends, usually. Right now I’m playing Destiny.”

Words To Live By: “For Aiur. It’s from Starcraft.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Drunk of the Week: What's Your Favorite Vodka Cocktail?

Posted by on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM

What your favorite companion for, in the words of Ms. Pak-Man "fermented potato juice"? And let's just hope poor Kelley never ever has to drink vodka, all plain and mixer-free like this, ever, ever again...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bartender Crush: Anh at Momiji

Posted by on Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

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Name: Anh

Where: Momiji

Buy Her A Shot Of: Well whiskey or Fernet. “I’m pretty easy,” Anh says. “I’m just trying to get there.”

Ask Her To Make You An: Old Fashioned. “That’s probably my favorite, but I like making whatever people like to drink,” she says.

What She’s Doing When She’s Not At The Bar: “I go out and dance. Do karaoke, that’s something I really enjoy. And contemporary dance performance; I graduated with a degree in dance, so I perform around the city and do random little side projects for people, film and video, too. I took the summer off, but I’m getting back into some stuff right now. I really enjoy just chilling at home, by myself, eating popcorn and watching football. Urban hiking. Outside hiking. I like to travel a lot with my friends, take daycations, and just get out town.”

Words To Live By: “Never off, always on till the break of dawn. It’s a Dre lyric.”

Friday, October 10, 2014

Drunk of the Week: "Girly" Shots!

Posted by on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM

This is Yooper Steve. He just did eight shots of schnapps! Someone mentioned that schnapps are kind of "girly." If you had to drink eight shots of something, what would you choose?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Bartender Crush: Matt at Bathtub Gin

Posted by on Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 5:40 PM

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Name: Matt

Where: Bathtub Gin & Clever Bottle

Buy Him A Shot Of: “I’m an equal opportunity drinker,” Matt says, “but I’ve always been a fan of Fernet, and whiskey’s always good, too. I definitely love Old Overholt, but I’m not going to turn down any sort of Pappy Van Winkle variety.”

Ask Him To Make You A: “I’m just here to make people happy, so it just depends on the individual person.”

What He’s Doing When He’s Not At The Bar: “Trying to dominate fantasy football—not always succeeding. Checking out sports games. I like to cook, and I like to drink as well.”

Words To Live By: “Consider the end. It’s my family’s motto.”

Friday, October 3, 2014

Drunk of the Week: We're Going to War...

Posted by on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

... and who will fight for our right to drink deliciously crappy beer like Rainier, Lone Star, Old Style, Pabst, Colt 45, Schlitz, and Old Milwaukee? Oh, those damn Ruskies! What are we gonna do, 'Merica? Read more >>>


Friday, September 26, 2014

Bartender Crush: Ian at Bar Sue

Posted by on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 4:36 PM

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Name: Ian

Where: Bar Sue & the Unicorn

Buy Him A Shot Of: Bulleit Bourbon on the rocks or Fernet.

Ask Him To Make You An: AMF. “According to Yelp, I make a vodka soda to die for,” Ian says.

What He’s Doing When He’s Not At The Bar: “Wait...I’m allowed to leave here?”

Words To Live By: “Don’t be a douche.”

Drunk of the Week: A Seahawk Smackdown!

Posted by on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 4:20 PM

So there I was this past Sunday, sitting at the Fremont Oktoberfest in the hot sun (remember that weather?!) when this lady went running by, laughing, and wearing a bizarre looking mask. I gave chase, to try to get a photo of her. When I caught up to her and asked if I could take her picture, instead of posing, she just started side-smacking her boyfriend, who was for some reason wearing a Denver Broncos jersey.

I'm just glad she didn't smack *ME* in the face! Worse things have happened over the years with Drunk of the Week, LET. ME. TELL. YOU. Read more >>>

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bartender Crush: Tessa at Monkey Loft

Posted by on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

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Name: Tessa

Where: Monkey Loft

Buy Her A Shot Of: Pinky Panty Dropper.

Ask Her To Make You A: "The Blueberry Bliss from our menu right now," says Tessa. "It was one of my specialty recipes that I donated to our summer menu. It's Blueberry Stoli, Whipped Vodka, muddled limes, sour, and then shake, shake, shake. You can do it on the rocks with a float of the black raspberry liqueur, or you can do it as a shot and sink it to the bottom so that it's two different layers. It's really pretty."

What She's Doing When She's Not At The Bar: "I've been bartending for six years and I just left the Seattle Bartending Academy where I taught for just under two years. Since I started here, I've been having students come and find me and get a real drink from me. I love seeing the students at the bar for real. I'm at the bar a lot in September, but when I'm not here, I'm riding my scooter. I enjoy target shooting with pistols, rifles, and handguns. And I LOVE costumes and cosplaying—every Halloween I'm always decked out. Last year I was the Black Swan and wore real pointe shoes. This year I'm gonna be the Black Widow. And next week, I'm starting at UW!"

Words To Live By: "It's a quote from Princess Mononoke: 'I've come to see with eyes unclouded by hate.' That's one of my favorite quotes."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bartender Crush: Victoria at Cha Cha

Posted by on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

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Name: Victoria

Where: Cha Cha/Bimbo’s

Buy Her A Shot Of: Dirty Jagerbomb. “I’m really disgusting and I drink like a bro,” says Victoria. “None of that dropshot shit because my mother would kill me if I chipped my teeth.”

Ask Her To Make You A: “I really like making Kamikazis on a busy night because when it gets busy down here, it feels really good to hit something. They’re better if you do vanilla or raspberry or other cool flavors.”

What She’s Doing When She’s Not At The Bar: “Doing some of the social media stuff for the Cha Cha. If you see shitty Facebook ads from the bar, those are mine. I’m usually drinking at Pony and wise crackin’ and writing and fucking around doing comedy stuff. Or doing karaoke at Pony. That’s my stage.”

Words To Live By: “Die young, stay pretty.”

**BTW, Victoria tells me she’s a third-generation bartender, keeping the legacy alive.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bartender Crush: Jordan at Oddfellows

Posted by on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 4:22 PM

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Name: Jordan

Where: Oddfellows

Buy Him A Shot Of: "I like to try new things," Jordan says, "so if there's something on the shelf that I haven't had, I'm usually like, well let's try that. My go-to though is Fernet, like any other bartender."

Ask Him To Make You A: Corpse Reviver 2. "It's perfect for this weather. It's awesome and refreshing and it has a little bit of Absinthe in it."

What He's Doing When He's Not At The Bar: "Right now I'm in rehearsals for a show. It's called the Robbie Turner Revue. It's going to be at the Hard Rock Cafe and we open this fall."

Words To Live By: "If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bartender Crush: Felicia at Waterwheel Lounge

Posted by on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM

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Name: Felicia

Where: Waterwheel Lounge and Ballroom

Buy Her A Shot Of: “I’m definitely a tequila drinker,” Felicia says. “Cazadores is my favorite, and I’ll get down on some Jameson for sure.”

Her Her To Make You A: “I really like making people drinks that they’re afraid to ask the bartender for. Ask me for a bloody mary at midnight or a margarita during the winter and I will do it with the biggest, most genuine smile on my face.”

What Are You Doing When You’re Not At The Bar: “Travelling, hiking, camping, playing. Of course there’s some drinking involved.”

Words To Live By: “Live by the sun, love by the moon.”

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