|Union Square shot by Jess Maron|
- You MUST address everyone as "Santa."
- You SHOULD "ho-ho-ho" like Santa.
- You OUGHT to give out gifts like Santa.
- You MIGHT want to drink like Santa.
|Cloudy skies above Union Square shot by Jess Maron|
The worst part was traffic and parking which was to be expected.
We took the China Town / North Beach route. The first couple of bars were packed so we continued onward. A few Santas and Mrs. Claus had bells on that make the most delightful sound track on our jaunt through China Town.
|Fun with Mirror|
|The restaurant area. The bar area was completely packed.|
When Jess took off, to get some sleep since he had been up since 4am because he was still adjusting from India time, I stood up and joined the crowd.
|Jess and I at O'Reilly's Pub|
I realized that I should follow my Irish heritage while I'm in an Irish pub so I got a Jameson on the rocks. While standing by the bar a lovely, buxom lass (Katie) in a red and white corset and white fishnets bought me an Irish Car Bomb (Guinness and a drop shot of Bailey's Irish Cream) which tastes and has the texture of a mocha milkshake. She was doing a Bingo scavenger hunt and I fit the "Santa with a real beard" box. We hung out with her friends for a while before leaving together to find a cocktail made with eggnog for the Bingo.
After walking past a couple of packed bars, we saw Rogue Ales Public House. We both like stouts and porter so we tried to go in, but they were enforcing a no Santas Allowed policy. We found this rather annoying, but giving that some people act like douches when they are drinking all day I have no ill will towards Rogue (especially because their beer is delicious!).
Then we went to a little bar/restaurant called Bottle Cap. It was lack luster: there was about half a dozen Santa's and it was much too quiet. The bartender wasn't very helpful with cocktail advice and referred us to a menu with cocktails with any questions we had. If he was busy then that would have been fine, but it was ssssslllllloooowwww. I had a beer that wasn't particularly memorable and Katie had a honey infused cocktail that she liked.
We left Bottle Cap and found a liquor store (Colt Liquors) that had an awesome, but small beer selection. The store really focused on wine and liquor. While there a couple of Indian guys were having a hard time deciding what they wanted. Katie mentioned my blog so after hearing what they were looking for, I recommended a Pale Ale to one and a bottle of Roederer for the other. For the $15-20 price range Roederer can't be beat. I chose Stone Brewing Company's Smoked Porter for us to share. We briefly went to a house party before heading back on the town.
We walked around and found a table and chairs to sit at in front of Bottle Cap. We shared stories and interests as we enjoyed the chocolate and coffee notes of the porter. Katie mentioned a hard cider bar somewhere in the city. Cider is not really my thing, but I do like new experiences so I'll have to check out Upcider at some point.
|Before I gave my beard to Jess|