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Bootleggers bar in Milwaukee is Closed

October 24, 2010

Yes- It’s official.
Walking around downtown last night, I saw that Bootleggers Bar in Milwaukee is official closed. It looks like they already have logos out on the windows for their new bar: Whiskey River. This is the only news I can find about the transition.

I have not heard anything official, but it sounds like we will not be having Wing N Sing on Oct 18th. I would expect that Wing N sing will return on November 8th (perhaps?) under the new name “Whiskey River Saloon”.

This is all thats left of the website.

Facebook has some posts about its closing

Perhaps Whiskey River is trying to latch on to the country bar theme that seems to be transforming another bar on Water St.

We’ll miss you Bootleggers. I got to hang out with Joe the Plumber there.


Heavy Drinkers outlive Non-drinkers. L’Chaim!

August 30, 2010

Here’s to living to 100 and beyond. Cheers! Prost!

Science proves my life decisions were good decisions yet again. Abstaining now equals living slow and dying fast

From Time:

But a new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does actually tend to increase one’s risk of dying even when you exclude former drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers’ mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.

Moderate drinking, which is defined as one to three drinks per day, is associated with the lowest mortality rates in alcohol studies. Moderate alcohol use (especially when the beverage of choice is red wine) is thought to improve heart health, circulation and sociability, which can be important because people who are isolated don’t have as many family members and friends who can notice and help treat health problems.

But why would abstaining from alcohol lead to a shorter life? It’s true that those who abstain from alcohol tend to be from lower socioeconomic classes, since drinking can be expensive. And people of lower socioeconomic status have more life stressors — job and child-care worries that might not only keep them from the bottle but also cause stress-related illnesses over long periods. (They also don’t get the stress-reducing benefits of a drink or two after work.)

But even after controlling for nearly all imaginable variables — socioeconomic status, level of physical activity, number of close friends, quality of social support and so on — the researchers (a six-member team led by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin) found that over a 20-year period, mortality rates were highest for those who had never been drinkers, second-highest for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drinkers.

The sample of those who were studied included individuals between ages 55 and 65 who had had any kind of outpatient care in the previous three years. The 1,824 participants were followed for 20 years. One drawback of the sample: a disproportionate number, 63%, were men. Just over 69% of the never-drinkers died during the 20 years, 60% of the heavy drinkers died and only 41% of moderate drinkers died.

These are remarkable statistics. Even though heavy drinking is associated with higher risk for cirrhosis and several types of cancer (particularly cancers in the mouth and esophagus), heavy drinkers are less likely to die than people who have never drunk. One important reason is that alcohol lubricates so many social interactions, and social interactions are vital for maintaining mental and physical health. As I pointed out last year, nondrinkers show greater signs of depression than those who allow themselves to join the party.

The authors of the new paper are careful to note that even if drinking is associated with longer life, it can be dangerous: it can impair your memory severely and it can lead to nonlethal falls and other mishaps (like, say, cheating on your spouse in a drunken haze) that can screw up your life. There’s also the dependency issue: if you become addicted to alcohol, you may spend a long time trying to get off the bottle.

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Iechyd da and Salute!



June 20, 2010

My favorite music festival kicks off next Thursday and with its 50 plus bands, food and beer over 11 days of fun, it’s one of the best summer music festivals out there. For the full list, you can visit the Summerfest website. However here are my highlights:

Thursday 24th

10PM: Passion Pit (102.1 US Cell Arena), Pat McCurty (Brigs and Straton)

Friday 25th:

10pm: Dirks Bentley (Brigs and Straton)

Saturday 26th:

10PM: Cage the Elephant (102.1 US cell)

Sunday 27th:

10pm Less than Jake (Miller Oasis)

Monday 28th:

10PM: Pitbull (Harley) Blue Oyster Cult (M&I Classic Rock)

Tuesday 29th:

1opm: Guster (Harley)

Thursday July 1:

10pm: OAR (Miller Oasis) Offspring (Harley) The Roots (Brigs and Straton)

Friday July 2:

10pm: Scorpions (Harley) OAR (Brigs and Straton)

Sautrday July 3:

10pm: Modest Mouse (Miler Oasis)

The JS ran a bit about the picks and pans of the festival from some vets. I wanted to add my 2 cents:

Tried and True: Phil Vasser. I’ve never seen him personally, but I’ve heard that he does a great concert. I know a lot of people that make a yearly pilgrimage to his concert.

New:  Cage the Elephant, They’ve gotten some good airtime on 102.1, so I’d like to see how they do live.

The coup: DEVO/The Scorpions. 80s rock at its finest. Whether you want to Whip it or get rocked like a hurricane, reliving some 80s band memories will be fun.

You again?: OAR. I’m not saying I don’t like OAR and I won’t see them this Summer too but another year of where they are playing 2 concerts? Can’t Summerfest bring another band it? Go see them at the Harley, if you do go see them, the stage is so much better.

Wish you were here: Reel Big Fish. Saw them for the first time 3 Summerfests ago when they played with Against All Authority, streetlight manifesto and Less than Jake. It was an awesome night of music. One of my favorite Summerfest nights that I barely remember.  there are a bunch of other band that I’d like to see too but RBF is my favorite band not at the fest.


2010 State of the Union Drinking Game

January 27, 2010

Tomorrow, Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to the nation. Though the Mug Rack will probably comment on the speech itself, we want to make the speech more fun*. There are many varieties to the game (more suggestions here and here) however I’ve decided to take the best rules from each game and combine them into the Greatest Political Drinking Game EVER! (note that the words “shot” and “drink” can be used interchangeably)

Rules: Everyone pick their favorite beer/drink and begin the game. Each side of the room must be designated the Republican and Democrat side (if you’re having a bipartisan viewing), viewers should sit accordingly. Republicans and Democrats drink equally, though Republicans are allowed to yell “You Lie” whenever necessary. Independents and 3rd parties are the designated drivers because you’re pussies anyways.


  • One Preemptive shot for Obama’s Teleprompter
  • A shot of Rum for Haiti (while texting “Haiti” to the number 90999 and donate $10 to the Red Cross)
  • Drink an appletini or do a shot that has sugar in it for Nancy Pelosi’s home district of San Fransisco

During the Speech:

  • One shot If either the Vice President or the Speaker of the House gets caught napping on camera (shot must be done without your hair( For Joe Biden) or facial muscles (for Queen Nancy) moving
  • Do a shot when/if you see your congressional representative
  • Standing ovation: If you are a member of the party that is giving the standing ovation you must drink until the clapping stops.
  • Obama says “let me be clear”
  • Obama says “change isn’t easy”
  • Finish your drink if a member of congress pulls “a Joe Wilson” — Finish the bottle if Obama yells back
  • If Obama says “jobs” do a shot if you’re unemployed
  • Obama uses the term “Congressional leadership” (But try not to laugh)
  • Do a shot for Every Reference to “the prior administration” or “Inherited problems”
  • Do a shot every time the camera cuts to John McCain (or any other 2008 presidential nominee)
  • Do a shot Every time President Obama attacks banks, corporations, Wall Street, or greed in general
  • do a shot for Any mention of Ted Kennedy, toast shot by saying “This one’s for you Mary Jo!”
  • A shot for each guest of honor
  • Do a shot for every time Michelle Obama smiles

—– [Republican Response Bonus Game]

Drink for:

  • Any mention of State’s Rights -and shout ‘The South Shall Rise Again”
  • Scott Brown – and Sing a Dead Kennedys song
  • reference to people rejecting Obama’s policies at the ballot box
  • Bailouts
  • Health Care Reform that works
  • Accusations that Republicans were “closed out of meetings”

*Contrary to the name, The Mug Rack in no way encourages alcohol abuse or binge drinking.


Bootleggers has liquor license suspended [Updated]

January 14, 2010

Bootleggers In Milwaukee recently got their liquor license suspended for some hilarious violations

The council also ordered a 30-day liquor license suspension for Bootleggers and shut down the night spot’s rooftop bar in the 1000 block of N. Old World 3rd St.

Neighbors had complained of drunken and unruly patrons publicly vomiting and urinating. One neighbor said patrons crossed over to his roof and bathed nude in his Jacuzzi without permission. Another said patrons threw bottles and furniture from the rooftop bar onto her patio.

Bootleggers attorney Brian Randall urged the council to impose a shorter suspension and order restrictions on the bar instead of closing it. Randall also claimed most of the complaints came from people linked to the tavern’s competitors. But aldermen rejected that claim because Randall didn’t raise the issue with witnesses at a Licenses Committee hearing.

All indications are Bootleggers is in the appeal phase and are still serving at the time being. I’m 50/50 on Bootleggers as a bar. I have had some great fun times there and there have been times when I’ve had a terrible time there. Most of the times when things sucked was when I ran into people I went to high school with or that time I had an epic hook-up attempt failure. But you’ll have to ask some of my friends about that (please don’t). The times that have been fun where when there weren’t that many people there and the environment was in my favor (Read: The Joe The Plumber event that was held there).

All indications are Bootleggers is in the appeal phase and are still serving at the time being. I’m 50/50 on Bootleggers as a bar. I have had some great fun times there and there have been times when I’ve had a terrible time there. Most of the times when things sucked were when I ran into people I went to high school with or that time I had an epic hook-up attempt failure. But you’ll have to ask some of my friends about that (please don’t). The times that have been fun where when there weren’t that many people there and the environment were in my favor (Read: The Joe The Plumber event that was held there).

[UPDATE]: After speaking to some unnamed area bartenders from 3rd street in Milwaukee it seems as though Bootleggers will be closed indefinitely, if not forever. Since owner of the above mentioned Jacuzzi could pretty much sue the pants off of Bootleggers to the point where that person owns the place, certain provisions may be taken if Bootleggers were able to stay open.

Reports are that Bootleggers will lose its liquor license for up to a year. Which means they are completely shut down (yes I tried to get in to order some tots and Dr. Pepper). If they have the opportunity to re-open they’ll have to close their 3rd floor patio and allow less people into the 1st and 2nd floors.

Now I’m not against Bootleggers reopening even if I found a new great Milwaukee Bar on 3rd street tonight that smells like BBQ, however the odds of Bootleggers reopening are grim. The idea that they could close for a year and still be able to attract customers is absurd. If the bar sacrifices it’s patio and numbers to stay open it will struggle to stay alive. Summer nights on the 3rd story patio was a big part of why I went there


Alcohol Saves Lives

December 23, 2009

This 13-year-old kid did 8 shots of tequila, it saved his life.

A Galt teen is back home for the holidays after the successful, seven-month-long treatment of a brain tumor that was only discovered after he made a dangerous mistake before school one day.

Last May, 13-year-old Evan Hamilton took a dare from his friends at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt last May and downed eight shots of tequila as fast as he could.

He passed out and was rushed to the emergency room to be treated for alcohol poisoning, and a CT scan at the UC Davis Medical Center revealed a tumor in the brain of the unsuspecting eighth grader.

The dangerous lapse in judgment turned out to be a blessing, according to his family.

“He is a good kid, and I don’t want people to think he’s a bad kid because he drank alcohol,” said Jamie Hamilton, Evan’s mother. “He made a mistake.”

Within a week, doctors removed the brain tumor. Evan spent months recovering from the surgery and a tracheotomy that was also performed before he was allowed to come home.

“I just want to be with my family,” Evan said.

A tube still pumps food to his stomach and he uses a breathing machine to sleep at night, but the tumor is completely gone, although Evan will still need to get an MRI every six months.

“I am just glad he’s alive,” Jamie said.

Evan will be home schooled until he catches up with his classmates, and hopes to return to school next fall.

8 shots of tequila before class is rarely a good idea, but for this kid it was. Someone get him a good bottle for Christmas


Late Night Links Oct. 8

October 9, 2009

Because you need these to get you through the lonely cold nights

Cannonball to Groin

20 pieces of beer can art

Seth Green Flip’s shit

10 rules of the pick up

25 Celebs before and after plastic surgery

5 stages of Relationships

3 dating mistakes

15 local news fails

Lingerie footballer drops F-Bomb

Porn star’s youtube (Ads NSFW)

Shepard Smith’s outrage over cheeseburger donuts

Recession in the eyes of slim thug

The Anti-Tea Party

Packers Fan stabs Viking Fan (he deserved it)

it’s not sunny…

Hot girls in the real world

No Holliday

Dear Girls: Never do this

A Hauntoberfest