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Friday, September 12, 2008

Thanks For Coming to Slog Happy!

posted by on September 12 at 10:53 AM

sloghappy3.JPGSlog Happy on the roof was a big success! Thanks to the War Room for letting us invade for the evening, and thanks to everyone who came out, drank mojitos, braved the blinding glare of the setting sun, and grabbed a free book (Paul’s desk was starting to look like a used book store)—I saw a lot of familiar faces, but also a few new ones! I hope you had as much fun as I did.

And congrats to Will in Seattle for winning the VIP Genius tickets! And for those of you who didn’t win, remember that this Saturday’s Genius Party is free and open to the public starting at 9 pm Saturday night. We’re taking over every corner of the Moore, and there will be music by Dyme Def, Daedelus, and James Pants!

And now, the very, very important question: Where should we have October’s Slog Happy? I’m thinking somewhere North—University District, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford… You’ve been requesting that for awhile now. And maybe a bar with some food? We can sit, eat, play trivia, and hide from the cold, wet impending fall and winter. Any suggestions?

Thanks again for coming! Can’t wait for next month. (No, really, I’m not just saying that to be nice. I actually look forward to Slog Happy.)

(Also, there are two more photos here and here.)

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Blue Moon on Stone Way? Most of the better suggestions are too small.

Posted by Fnarf | September 12, 2008 10:56 AM

Knarr Bar.

Posted by Ziggity | September 12, 2008 10:57 AM

Thai One On in Lake City, if not for the horrifying name of the establishment alone.

Posted by tabletop_joe | September 12, 2008 11:00 AM

the Knarr smells like feet and unbathed hippies.

I say Eastlake Bar and Grill.

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | September 12, 2008 11:01 AM

How many people typically come?

Posted by pragmatic | September 12, 2008 11:02 AM

Let's have it at the Seattle Public Library. You guys scored it for the Genius Awards last year. It was a blast. And hey, if we don't like any of the books Paul has, we can just jack some from the shelves.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 12, 2008 11:04 AM

St. Louis has many fine esablishments!

Posted by Mike in MO | September 12, 2008 11:11 AM

Eastlake Bar & Grill has $4 steak some night of the week. Does anyone know which night that is?

Posted by Carollani | September 12, 2008 11:11 AM

How about some place with enough staff?

Posted by elenchos | September 12, 2008 11:13 AM

Can you still call it a "Genius Party" with Will in Seattle there?

Posted by DOUG. | September 12, 2008 11:15 AM

Fnarf, don you mean Blue Star Bistro on 45th & Stone? The "Blue Moon" is over in the U-District.

Personally, I don't care where it is next month, since I'll be rehearsing that night and can't attend anyway.

But, have fun where ever you are!

Posted by COMTE | September 12, 2008 11:20 AM

Can we ID some of the folks in the pictures?

Posted by Ziggity | September 12, 2008 11:20 AM

@10 FTW.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 12, 2008 11:29 AM

BalMar is a bit hoity-toity, but has a decent happy hour menu and spacious upstairs that could probably handle the Slog mob. And they have pool tables.

Fnarf @1 is right ... all the decent places are too small (or too crowded).

@10 - Zing!

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 12, 2008 11:30 AM

Somewhere with two bartenders.

Posted by w7ngman | September 12, 2008 11:32 AM

@14 - Or if the idea of mingling with Ballard yuppies appalls you, then head to the Baronoff in Greenwood for "Hot Beer, Lousy Food, Bad Service"

It's one of the last real dive bars in town (I miss you Rendezvous and Frontier Room) ...

And they have karaoke.

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 12, 2008 11:37 AM

@8: I think it's Thursdays.

Posted by T | September 12, 2008 11:38 AM

Here's a tip: When it's busy and you see me working my ass off, try ordering doubles. If that's not enough, double-fist the doubles. If that's not enough, shots and doubles. Don't forget to calculate your tip appropriately. I remember forgetters.

Posted by bartender | September 12, 2008 11:46 AM

Oh man Slog Happy is always awesome, this time was no exception (minus the understaffed bar).

I am at the back of linked picture #2, man I am smalled compared to the fleshy man toy!

I don't care where we have it next. I would recommend the Summit Pub, but I think its too small. They do have a pool table though...and maybe we could just take it over?

Posted by Original Monique | September 12, 2008 11:46 AM

Sorry to miss it but I was getting off with a FB and it's been a rough week -- I needed it vs. Slog Happy.

@10, YOU are the genius! :-)

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 12, 2008 11:52 AM

I am an idiot. Blue Star is exactly what I meant, not Blue Moon. Senior moment? Say it ain't so.

Posted by Fnarf | September 12, 2008 11:54 AM

hey bartender, how much did you make in tips last night? was it more or less than the previous Thursday happy hour? also, nobody likes a complainer especially an under-skilled, over-paid asshole like you. enjoy next Thursday nights tips!

Posted by hey bartender | September 12, 2008 11:54 AM

wrong bartender. but knows busy, too. now, off with your head.

Posted by bartender | September 12, 2008 12:00 PM

Coopers on lake city way, $3 off pitchers on Thursdays

Posted by jc2219 | September 12, 2008 12:03 PM

Hey bartender, what was up with your unexpected body hair in my drink? That was just gross.

And Monique, you are pretty small regardless, but next to your boy it's pretty dramatic.

Posted by Anonymous Slog Happy Attendee | September 12, 2008 12:05 PM

You guys are so pale. Is it all the rain?

Posted by Gloria | September 12, 2008 12:11 PM

Oh, and bring more nametags, please. Like 200 of them.

Posted by w7ngman | September 12, 2008 12:11 PM

Whoa. I don't think I'd even need some North Idaho Boundary County locals for back up in a bar fight there.

Posted by Bob | September 12, 2008 12:12 PM

@12 - I missed this one, so you won't find me, but since you asked...

In linked photo #1, it looks like Greg is in the back by the gal with purple hair, and that's Abby up at the bar.

In linked photo #2, the dude with the raised fist is Will in Seattle.

Posted by Hernandez | September 12, 2008 12:13 PM

Summit Pub would be super; warn them in advance and take it over for two hours; the Pub also has good sidewalk café area for drinking and responsible PC smoking. Sun Liquors down the street from the Pub also a possibility - but perhaps too small for a standup cocktail party. Drawbacks: limited parking.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | September 12, 2008 12:19 PM

@27 Yeah, that's my fault we ran out of name tags. I will come prepared next month!

Posted by Megan Seling | September 12, 2008 12:21 PM


Bob, why is it that you constantly want to talk about fighting in bars on Capitol Hill. Is it really "fighting" that brings you to Capitol Hill? Or is it more like an attack, rather than a "fight"? As in "bashing"?

Bob, are you a gay basher? Are you? Is that what is driving you here? I'm trying to understand your obsession.

Posted by elenchos | September 12, 2008 12:31 PM

Sorry I couldn't make it. I had bought patriot day gifts for everyone, guess ill have to bring them to next monhs party to rekindle the patriotism.

Note to everyone; all you can eat sushi is a bad idea.

Posted by Joh | September 12, 2008 12:39 PM

Hey, notice how Will in Seattle doesn't post anymore? Maybe his therapist told him to stop. But, you know, I hate saying this, but I'd take Will back in a second if we could get rid of fuckin' John Bailo.

Posted by Fnarf | September 12, 2008 12:53 PM

Have it at The Monkey Pub (on Roosevelt Way at 52nd in the U-District/Ravenna area. They have a great juke box and plenty of space.

Posted by lark | September 12, 2008 12:58 PM


And I'm sorry I didn't make it... out the door. The patio was so damn smokey I turned around and left.

Posted by Dan Savage | September 12, 2008 1:06 PM

I was at the optometrist instead. But I reiterate my wish for a Ballard location next time. What about taking over the whole bar area of Hi-Life? I understand it's not the worst of the Chow Foods restaurants. (har. actually it's awesome and they have happy hour wood-fired pizzas for like $4.)

Posted by leek | September 12, 2008 1:20 PM

I second 13.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 12, 2008 1:28 PM

Surprisingly, I'm going to volunteer the Blue Moon, if only because (a) I'm in a position to do so, and (b) I work there every Thursday and can't make it to these happy hours. If the Mohammed can't come to the mountain, the mountain should come for cheap wells. Paul can also pick the best books off of our shelves -- I think we still have some Sweet Valley Highs left!!!

Posted by Jason Josephes | September 12, 2008 2:01 PM

I'll second Jason and lark. Both the Blue Moon and the Monkey Pub would have enough space to host a Slog Happy, and both have highly competent and capable staff. And of course, the most important thing: both are close to where I live. The difference would be whether you wanted food or not - if so, I think the Monkey would have the edge.

Posted by Hernandez | September 12, 2008 2:31 PM

Old. White. Chubby.

Posted by Knew It | September 12, 2008 2:44 PM

The Twilight Exit in the CD!! They have food, plenty of room, and very good happy hour deals.

Posted by Jonny H | September 12, 2008 2:47 PM

The Blue Moon also boasts a history of literacy. That's rare in a bar.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | September 12, 2008 3:01 PM

It was fun. :)

The bartender did look borderline suicidal, though. A trillion people, and the drink special is the mojito. . . fuck.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | September 12, 2008 3:18 PM

There's me there's me! I look seven feet tall.
I wholeheartedly second the Twilight. It's always dead, it's huge, there are plenty of entertainments (pool, golden tee) and the food really is declicious. I kid you not.

Posted by Callie | September 12, 2008 3:21 PM

Cooper's is a good pick. For one thing, they have Jenga, darts, and pool.

I'd also like to recommend, again, Pies and Pints. It's a little small, but it has a nice back room with a pool table.

BalMar is distressingly yuppified and looks like a meat market for people who make twice what I do. However, just down the street is the Matador, which is huge and has really good food. Not to mention sangria!

Posted by Greg | September 12, 2008 4:06 PM

@46 Are you serious? You're going to call the BalMar distressingly yuppified (it is) but then suggest the Matador? Sure the food is good, but have you ever eaten inside that place? It's filled with greek system alumni, and is a TOTAL meat market. What's that if not yuppified? Also, the "bar" area is not big at all.

Posted by Callie | September 12, 2008 4:17 PM

Oops. Html fail.

Posted by Callie | September 12, 2008 4:20 PM

I have eaten inside the Matadoor. I have no idea what the normal clientele look like; I was drunk and it was dark in there. But like I said, the food was good, the place was huge, and there was sangria.

Posted by Greg | September 12, 2008 4:48 PM

Also, what about the College Inn Pub? It's big, they have food, the place exudes an aura that repels frat guys, there are two pool tables and a dart board, and the beers are good. Plus, there are tables where you can sit, like a civilized person.

Posted by Greg | September 12, 2008 4:52 PM

I'm not going to Slog Happy next month unless there's a jukebox there.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | September 12, 2008 5:11 PM

Three things to consider regarding the Blue Moon:

1) Theodore Roethke read there.
2) Theodore Roethke wrote there.
3) Theodore Roethke drank there.

I rest my case.

Posted by Jeff Stevens | September 12, 2008 6:08 PM

OK. Fine. Put up or shut up. Will the Blue Moon staff with a minimum of two (2) bartenders, and at least one (1) bar back?

And that guy who had never set foot in Moe Bar before, nor tended bar before, does not count as a "bartender". That was a disaster.

I mean two real bartenders, because these understaffed Slogs Happy are getting old. These folks show up wanting to buy a lot of drinks, if only there were someone to serve them.

Posted by elenchos | September 12, 2008 7:13 PM

If you can't find a place with a champagne fountain, how about the Siren Tavern?

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 12, 2008 9:43 PM

Got blocked due to bandwidth.

But I agree, @10 for the win.

Blue Moon is easier for people on Capitol Hill to get too, even if Blue Bistro is fun.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 13, 2008 1:00 AM

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