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Bar Party 2003


November 22, 2003

Two years ago in our old apartment on Vilas, we hosted our first "bar party" by constructing small wooden "bars" across each doorway in the kitchen (see illustration below). They were functional as total strangers conversed as they ordered their favorite drinks. But these bars were, well . . ., small.

So to take this party to the next level, I made the bar bigger. Not only was it bigger (spanning the kitchen of our house), it had plush burgundy carpet covering the front draped in subtle lighting from above. The railing was made of real wood, stained and glossed. I even installed a railing along the bottom to rest your feet on. We spent about $20 on the whole bar, including the carpet. Sadly, it was the least expensive item for the evening.

Adam wanted a "early colonial" theme or something so I was pressured to buy a couple of period-style paintings, plus Bicentennial glassware and a little picture of the liberty bell - all from St. Vinnie's. I think it worked but I don't know if anyone noticed.

Party-goers were asked to bring components for mixed drinks (Vodka, Rum, Club Soda, etc.). Draught beer was provided (Kostrizer Schwartz, Warsteiner and Paulaner Oktoberfest from 5L mini-kegs). Kathy and a another friend created a wonderful spread of specialty snacks of meatballs, humus, spiced nuts and little quesadillas.

The whole night went off very well without anyone needing to be kicked out. There were several bartenders making a cornucopia of different drinks (some from The Bartender's Bible, others, mistakenly, from their own "creativity"). Folks stayed around till about 2:30. And despite a sticky kitchen floor cleanup wasn't so bad

The next bar party has to be bigger. Unfortunately, this can't happen at our place as we just don't have the space for such a large attraction. But I saved the wood and I'm hoping for at least a 3 sided bar. I have plans if anyone wants to see them.

 



The first bar



The 2003 bar


The bar maid


The bartender



The bar from above



The bar crowd


The bar flies



The bar specials


The bar tap


The bar graffiti

The bar dance

The bar song


The bar keith


The bar ben


The bar lush



The bar game



The bar cat


The bar after


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