Archive for July, 2006

Happy Hour with Dave Attell

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Dave Attell

Originally uploaded by Monatopia.

OK. Last week was a little weird. The girls went off to Kabuki and tried for the life of themselves to maintain eye contact while the boys went off to their respective bunks, I mean baseball game. After several hours of lounging in hot water, exfoliating, deep conditioning and gossiping, we poured ourselves out the door and oozed through the surreal splendor that is Japantown after dark, ate WAY too much at the Japanese place I always forget the name of then hiked up to Dot, our favorite little hotel bar that is always guaranteed to be empty. Except that night. That night there was a HUGE line of hipster Japanese kids waiting to get in. We have no idea why.

So, off to Kansai, our favorite little sushi joint with a bar that is always guaranteed to be empty. Except that night. That night there were at least 6 people in there. And one of them was singing Japanese opera karaoke style in a voice so big I have no idea how it came out of that tiny little 4 foot high body. There was no way to fit the 12 of us and that sound in the bar, so off we wandered.

So once you cross the hotel bar of the list, and then the karaoke bars, what’s left in Japantown after dark? That’s right, Hostess Bars. The first hostess bar was too expensive. The second one was too scary. *shudder* The third hostess bar was just not right, but in a way that made us happy. They made us mediocre drinks and parked us at a big table where we could watch the mystical magical workings which seemed to include lots of cute asian girls hanging on every word of a bunch of older guys, then getting up and changing chairs. It was sorta like watching a game of musical chairs, except the rewards were cocktails and a copped feel instead of cupcakes. There was also some mystery involving a back room. Hmm….

I seriously doubt this week will be nearly as entertaining, but we’re going to try. First, Indian Food at an Irish Pub, ( at 6pm, the off to Cobb’s Comedy Club ( just before 8pm so I can be reunited with Dave Attell.

6pm Kennedy’s (
1040 Columbus Avenue @ Francisco

8pm Cobb’s @ Lombard (
915 Columbus Avenue

10pm errr… this is when we should probably go home and go to bed. But we wont. We’ll be drunk and WAYYY too close to North Beach for that!

If you want to join us for Dave Attell, purchase tickets soon! We have tickets to the 8pm show, this friday the 21st.

Happy Hour: Where The Girls Are

Friday, July 14th, 2006


Originally uploaded by Monatopia.

Last week at Rye was great. We arrived early and scored a nice spot in the back with a view of the smoking cage. Yes, Rye puts the smokers in a cage. Quite entertaining. Not actually as entertaining as being able to sit in it the great out doors and have a cocktail without choking on second hand smoke, but it will do or the time being. We enjoyed a basil gimlets and some catch up time with our out of town guests while watching the people in the cage. As entertaining as that was, dinner stole the show.

After a bit we snuck across the street to Kim Thanh, the most amazing vietnamese seafood restaurant. The rearranged the entire front of the restaurant to seat the 10 of us and immediately started bringing the most detectible treats; crab cooked in ginger and onions, salt and pepper shrimp and crispy quail. The quail looked like large deep fried bugs and we all drew back in unison when it was placed on the table. One taste though and we sucking those delicate little bug bones clean and thinking about ordering more. Since we had already ordered about one of everything on the menu, we held back. And still, the bill came to $25 a piece including tip. It was a dinner we are still talking about a week later.

Hmmm… I wonder if they are open for lunch.

Anyway, this Friday we are having a split Happy Hour. The girls are going to Kabuki Hot Springs Geary at Fillmore. ( There is parking in Japan Town and you can get validated at the spa. You can also get your parking stub validated. Fridays are girls nights so no, you don’t need to bring a suit, and no, you can’t bring your boyfriend. You can bring conditioner for your hair as well as face masques and that sort of thing. We will be leaving about 8:30 or 9pm to find sushi in Japan Town. Arrive as early as you think you need to to properly detox in the hot tubs. Actually, that means I should head over about noon, but realistically will be heading over at 6pm. I guess I’ll only be mostly detoxed. They only let a small amount of people in at a time to make sure it’s not crowded, so bring a book, grab a cup of tea and plan on the waiting in the lobby 30 minutes or so to get in.

Scott will be heading to a baseball game to see The Giants vs The Phillies and think about Where The Girls Are. Contact him if you want to join him for that madness. The game starts at 7:15 and he will be on the club level.

Please RSVP so we know to keep an eye out for you!

An Organic Happy Hour

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Happy Hour

Originally uploaded by Monatopia.

All this housing stress (as well as living with someone who works out Ever Damn Day has me on a bit of a health kick and I’m taking Scott along with me kicking and screaming. Friday, I’m bringing you too. Don’t worry, there will be cocktails. Tasty cocktails infused with strawberries and pineapple, and of course.

We are heading to Farmer Brown’s at 5th and Market on Mason. For those of you from the land of East Bay, please take note that this one is half a block form the Powell Street bart. Those of you who are driving, head to the 5th and Howard or Folsom area (two long blocks away) and there is plenty of street parking. Farmer Brown’s offers great organic southern food, as well as the aforementioned tasty cocktails.

Check it out –

Maryann and I made a little reconnoissance mission last week and loved it. Even though the hood is a bit sketchy, once in side snacking and cocktailing and listening to the band, we felt like we were on a bit of a holiday.

Farmer Brown
25 Mason Street
Friday (the 30th) at 6:30 pm, although, I’m thinking I will get there early to save a good spot at the bar.

Please RSVP so we know how many seats to save!

P. S. Yes, I promise, I will get back on schedule soon so you don’t have to feel lonely on Friday afternoon cause I’ve heard the rumors of where that has landed you and it ain’t pretty! OH. Wait, maybe that was me. Nevermind.

Happy Hour Grand Slam

Friday, July 14th, 2006


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At least we can hope!

So, after having several people ask me what they had done to be removed from the Happy Hour list, I decided I had better send one out and let you all know that we are indeed here, still in the Embassy, just having a really busy change intense time. And most of all, no one has done anything to be removed from the list, athough, one of you needs a spanking.

If you want to know more, you have to come to this weeks Happy Hour at…. {Insert Random Phone Company Name} Park. I think it’s SPC this year. Either way, The Giants are there. So are the garlic fries.

We will be meeting on the Club Level on the balcony over looking the dreaded Momo’s at 6pm. We have seats in section 231, row D. You should be able to grab seats on Craigslist…

In case you’ve not been to the club level at the park, it’s pretty sweet. Private entrance, more bathrooms, full bar and an inside arcade so we don’t have to be cold while we watch the game. Or, don’t watch the game as the case may be.

Afterwards we will probably head over to KingFish across the street.

Let us know if you will be joining us so we can save you a spot!

Happy Hour Business Class

Friday, July 14th, 2006


Originally uploaded by Monatopia.

Last week we had a bitter-sweet Happy Hour at the Blue Room. Thanks to everyone who showed up, several for the first time – and especially Frankie and Jody who video conferenced in for pizza! Also – thanks to the penguin hater who helped me investigate the fireplace issue that’s been bugging me for the last 7 years. And thanks to Bill for helping put it back together afterwards. And thanks to Scott for going to bed before that all began so that he wouldn’t play the dad card and make us stop.

This weeks Happy Hour is taking place on a United flight to London. Business Class of course! I’m not expecting many of you to join. I’ll be returning from London on the 20th, so the next Cocktail Confidential Happy Hour will most likely be on the 27th.

If anyone would like to babysit Scott, give him a call at ####.

If anyone is in London and would like to be baby sat by Danica and I, call me at +44 (0) ####.

If anyone has a good Happy Hour idea in London, drop me an email!