An Anchorage bar-hopper's essential guide to the latest nightlife action and coolest hot-spots.
What the Guinness? - 9/2/2011 8:43 am
Weekend Update and Whiskey Tips - 8/25/2011 8:53 am
Cocktails for a Cause - 7/13/2011 10:26 am
It's Summer Time! - 6/1/2011 7:51 am
Happy Earth Day! - 4/21/2011 9:49 am
Best Cocktails of 2010 - 4/1/2011 12:22 pm
St. Patrick's Day = Hooray! - 3/17/2011 9:46 am
Kenai Brewing Co. Releases Canned Beer! - 3/9/2011 12:05 pm
Posted: September 2, 2011 - 8:43 am
No, say it isn't so! Guinness is set to launch a new, lighter "Lager-style" beer for the U.S. market. Is this the end of an era?
Posted: August 25, 2011 - 8:53 am
Nightlifers! Where have you been all my life?? Well, I guess the better question is where have I been.... I'll tell you - Texas. Yep, Texas. That's a whole other story best told over several pints of beer, but to get to the point I'm back and have some titillating tips and updates for you for the coming weekend. (Which, I fervently hope, is freaking sunny for once....).
Posted: July 13, 2011 - 10:26 am
You know I love cocktails. And what's not to love about cocktails in addition to charity? If you're looking for some fun tomorrow evening, head to the PAC lobby and join "Cocktails for a Cause," put on by Anchorage Strides, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Tickets and more information below - I just wanted to spread the word. ;) Enjoy, Anchorage!
Posted: June 1, 2011 - 7:51 am
Judging by the sweet weather we had last weekend, and the hopes for more, I'm dubbing the official start of summer by proposing we celebrate all things Sangria!
Posted: April 21, 2011 - 9:49 am
Celebrate this April 22 for all things environmental with some top tips on keeping an eco-friendly home bar to entertain in the earth-friendliest of styles. Enjoy! (And for more information, visit the lovely and talented Colleen Graham's blog at about.com.)
Tip #1: Buy "Green" Spirits
Posted: April 1, 2011 - 12:22 pm
Behold! My year-long masterpiece. Well, months-long anyway. I thought you'd all enjoy my recent story from 61 Degrees North, the magazine, as it relates to all things libatious and liquid. Enjoy!
Posted: March 17, 2011 - 9:46 am
I love it when one of my favorite holidays falls on a weekend - er, well at least a "close-to-the-weekend" weekday, anyway. ;) I myself will be partying it up in style at Mad Myrna's with some awesome karaoke belters, but if you're looking for some fun try some of the best local establishments for an Irish good time. Also, get some fun and funky Irish whiskey facts to disperse between pints and Bushmill backs. Whatever strikes your fancy. ;) Slainte, and remember - be safe!
Posted: March 9, 2011 - 12:05 pm
The much-anticipated release of the Kenai River Brewing Company's Skilak Scottish Ale (in can form) happens this month, so get ready! Prepare to enjoy it in style with a paired meal at the Spenard Roadhouse on March 16, at a special release dinner.
Posted: March 2, 2011 - 12:59 pm
Yeah, yeah, I know it's been awhile since my last post, but I have an excuse! I know this probably won't matter to many of you, but it's been cause for copious libations on my end - I recently became engaged! That's right, soon it's going to be "Mrs. Lush Life," and I'll have to do something domestic like wear pearls when I order martinis or something.
Posted: February 10, 2011 - 8:29 am
Ah, Valentine's Day. In recent years I haven't enjoyed celebrating the holiday as much as I would have liked, but I always, always enjoy the abundance of chocolate, hearts, and aphrodisiacs. ;)
This year my Valentine is out of town so I'll be consoling myself with a specialty cocktail - check ou the recipes below and see what strikes your (and the person you fancy's) fancy.
Posted: February 4, 2011 - 9:17 am
My friend Josh is a Scotch aficianado. Because of him, I've grown to learn that there are different kinds of Scotch from different regions, differences in how long they're kept in the barrels (10 year, 25 year, etc.), and vast differences in taste per specific brand.
I've never, however, thought about putting whiskey - of ANY kind - in an aluminum can. But that's just what Scottish Spirits, Ltd. is doing.
Posted: January 21, 2011 - 9:34 am
Get ready, downtown-lovers and those of us who pretend we live there on the weekends -- the Anchorage Downtown Partnership's "100 Days of Downtown Dining" event starts today and will run through April 30.
Posted: January 20, 2011 - 8:30 am
At last night's book club, I realized that a significant number of my friends have either had a baby, are planning to have a baby, or are actually pregnant as we speak. In honor of them, all other impending family planning, and those of us who just prefer a non-alcoholic tasty beverage every once in awhile (and there's nothing wrong with that), I've decided to post some delicious "mocktail" recipes I found on cocktails.about.com.
Posted: January 14, 2011 - 11:23 am
Get ready for some liver-hurtin' fun, Anchorage! The 2011 Anchorage Beer & Barley Wine Festival begins tonight at 5 p.m. at the Egan Center downtown.
Posted: January 14, 2011 - 10:27 am
This just in - The Tap Root Cafe has a new website, AND they've actually firmly committed to half-price appetizers each day from 4 to 6 p.m. (I kind of feel like showing the waitress I had last time, who demanded I bring in a printed-out notice from the last e-newsletter. Seriously?).
Anyway, add that to your list of after-work haunts and enjoy! I myself am craving some Ahi Tuna Tacos from Kinley's (also half price....).
Posted: December 30, 2010 - 3:07 pm
I'm all for bartending becoming huge on the main stage (I mean, if the Food Network would just open ONE of my letters suggesting a bartending or cocktail-based TV show.... They let Bobby Flay continue to rule the airwaves, but they won't showcase a bartender?) -- I'm not entirely sure the happy hour drinks at TGI Friday's are good enough (or interesting enough) to compete in global competition.
Posted: December 30, 2010 - 12:26 pm
What do you think, nightlifers? Good thing, or bad thing? With the New Year coming up and many party-going plans arising - remember to be safe, careful and smart about your nightlife decisions. Whatever the occasion. Salud!
Read all 40 U.S. Rankings on the Daily Beast.
Posted: December 21, 2010 - 8:08 am
Lush Life Top 5 for 2010
And the rundown....
Posted: December 6, 2010 - 12:24 pm
Ad Age recently posted an article on wine sales focusing toward the younger crowd (the "Millennials"), or those born between 1980 and 2000. According to Nielsen polls, wine consumers are getting younger and younger, and some companies are trying to get in on the ground floor.