May 2011

This Weekend: 17th CT Craft Brewers Fest And Boston’s Best Dive Bars!

17th CT Craft Brewers’ Beer Festival at Jesse Camille’s Restaurant, Naugatuck
Saturday, May 21st, 5- 8:30 P.M.

Mountview Plaza Wines & Liquors is pleased to again host this event–CT’s longest continually run beer tasting event. The cost remains the same at $30 in advance or $35 at the door which includes all beer and great live music (Johnny I and Hollister Thompson bands are back again!).  Last year there  over 135 different microbrews and 50 different breweries and brew pubs represented. Narragansett Brewing Company will be there pouring our Gold Medal winning Lager and  new Summer Ale!  Hot food will again be presented by Jesse Camille’s Restaurant at a nominal cost.  All proceeds benefit the Camille Perugini Memorial Trust Fund which awards college scholarships to outstanding high school students from the greater Waterbury and Naugatuck Valley area. Narragansett Brewing Company will be there pouring our Gold Medal winning Lager and  new Summer Ale!

Book Release Party Boston’s Best Dive Bars Drinking and Diving in Beantown
Tuesday, May 24 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm at T.C.’s Lounge

Come look at me while I stand near a pile of my books. I’ll probably sign one if you really want, but that’s kind of weird when you think about it, right ?

Boston’s Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in Beantown

It wasn’t so long ago that finding a dive bar in greater Boston was as simple as walking down the street. For decades, dive bars provided the backbone of the city’s drinking culture, and served as an easy shorthand for Boston’s image in the country at large (for better or worse). However, things have changed over the past decade. For example, Charlestown, at one point home to dozens of blue collar watering holes, now boasts a grand total of two. And good luck trying to find more than a handful of dives in Boston proper, as it’s just too expensive to operate a no frills joint with real estate prices being what they are now. Still, while the dive bar may be an endangered species, all hope isn’t lost yet.

Boston’s Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in Beantown, uncovers ninety of the best dive temples in the city, with opinionated reviews that verge between the hilarious and the downright heartbreaking. From Ace’s High in South Boston, to Whitney’s Cafe in Harvard Square, with stops in Somerville, Roslindale, Eastie and everything in between, this is the Boston drinker’s guide to the worst bar in your neighborhood, which also happens to be the best bar in your neighborhood. For anyone who’s ever sipped cheap whiskey out of a plastic cup under a mounted elk head while scratching lottery tickets, or tossed darts and snacked on stale popcorn with a pack of slumming hipsters, this is the book for you.

About the Author
Luke O’Neil has been covering arts and nightlife in Boston for ten years, working for pretty much every publication in the city at one point or another. For years he wrote a popular column called Barcode in the Boston Globe, where he still writes about cocktails and the restaurant and bar scene. He currently pens a bar column called Thursty in the Boston Metro, and the Liquid column in Stuff magazine and has written about bars for Boston Magazine and Black Book. He’s also a music critic, writing for Alternative Press and the Boston Phoenix, and was the music editor at the Weekly Dig for years. His days as a rock musician made him particularly well acquainted with the seedier delights of the dive bar. He’s also extraordinarily handsome.

Sponsored by DigBoston.com and Narrangansett Beer.