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happy hours well into the next morning

Posted in drinking, friends, happy hour, san francisco with tags , , , , , on Friday 12 September, 2008 by the Notorious O.S.C.

12 sept Fri

it was a semmingly innocuous wednesday.

it started out pretty tame. i planned to meet up with Marky and Frank for some after-work drinks (well, after-work for them, no-work for me) at Level III.   i’ve been to Level III before. the service still sucks. but the food is pretty good.  RedSox game on tv. i’m not a baseball fan, but Frank & Marky were both into it.

the Girls show up at about 7pm.  they had a reservation at 8pm at Fish&Farm. they joined us for a drink.

they left for dinner.

me Frank and Marky decide to go to Cantina.

and this is where it starts to get fuzzy.

some more drinks there.

by now, theGirls had finished dinner, and were at Swig.  (so i think.  this is what i can piece together from my drunken txts.)

somehow, we end up at swig for a while.  and CrazyCzech is there, too.  i thought it was odd that he was there, but the next day he explained that when he got outta work, he called me and i told him we were going there. (really?  wow.  don’t remember this at all.) i have no idea how long we were there.  and then somehow… we ended up at Slide.

some drama ensued, and Annie was ejected from the cluuuub.

and i don’t remember what happened to Marky.  i think i left him at the cluuuuub with J.

and then somehow, i ended up at home.

but i ran into my neighbor. and he works at the restaurant next door. so i went up to his place and drank beer with him until who knows how late?

i woke up the next morning.

a quick inventory check found my glasses, cell phone, manbag, and wallet still in my possession.

excellent.

no headache. no hangover.  but feeling very slow and lazy.

it’s hard to drink like you’re still in your 20s.

good times.

[where: 430 mason, 94102]

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club hopping

Posted in club, dancing, DJ, san francisco with tags , , , , on Saturday 8 December, 2007 by the Notorious O.S.C.

sat 8 dec

clubbing

i got offa work relatively early on wed night. CrazyCzech decided to go out near union square.

the night started at Otis. it’s a small cluuuub on a little side street offa Union Square. a few years ago, it was a members-only place for young San Francisco socialites. now it seems like a place for well-heeled successful 30-somethings to hang out after their jobs in the fashion or music industry. the women were dressed. in dresses. and heels. you don’t see much of that in frumpy SF. the men were in suits, but not business suits. schmancy suits. i felt like i was back in NY. when we got there about 11pm, most were finishing up their drinks. and lots of buppies, there, too.

and apparently, Otis has just started to serve lunch during the week. gonna have to check that out one day.

next stop, Vessel. on a nearby side street. i’d peeked my head in there when it opened a few months ago. and the bouncer douche wouldn’t let me in. this time, no bouncer. as we descended the stairs to the lower level, i was surprised to find the place rather cavernous. and more crowded than Otis. same type of people. literally, some of the same people from our previous venue.

the dance floor was sparsely populated. lounge areas with bottle service lined the perimeter, and a small platform area housed more sofa-type things where i imagined more bottle service would be.

we bellied up to the oh-so crowded bar. CrazyCzech recognized one of the bartenders as a somewhat-frequent guest at the restaurant he works at in the Marina. strange, as he always imagined Bartender guy working in the financial district. he was relieved to find out that he was a bartender, and not a financial district guy.

there’s a weird smoking room nearby to the bar. it looks like it’s outdoors, but in reality, its just a little room, with lotsa air vents.

as i looked around the cluuub, i felt like i was in Vegas. everything in the club seemed so new, so carefully planned out, so… contrived. so very Vegas.

a DJ was up on stage, and about 20 mins into it, the salsa/meringue band started playing. nothing gets drunk white people moving like salsa-slash-meringue music.

as we finished up our drinks, we noticed a few people we “knew” from the gym. and headed out.

back up the stairs, and we’re just at the edge of Union Square once again.

next stop, Slide. it was wednesday, after all, and we hadn’t been to see DJ Solomon spin in a few months. he usually spins with guitar guy, Chris Clouse. in theory, its fun, but in practice, guitar guy makes the whole situation kinda snoozy. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

it’s about 1am as we enter Slide. i hear the oh-so familiar guitar riff from Dire Straits’ “money for nothin”, and i realize that guitar guy and Solomon are at it again. their set is okay… not great.

the crowd seems mostly tourist-esque. i get the feeling that most are from california. the part of california where it’s hot. several gaggles of drunk 20-somethings/recent college grads.

eventually, guitar guy finishes playing, and DJ Solomon starts to do what he does best. mash-ups. good times. the dance floor quickens. in a few minutes, it’s hoppin.

and before i know it, last call.

i’ve said it before, DJ Solomon is way better solo than with guitar guy. he should look into ditching Chris Clouse. because DJ Solomon is way way way more fun on his own.

read what i said about him before. back in June
and then again a week later
and also in May

it was cool to be able to go to 3 places in one night. and even better to wake up the next morning and not be hungover!

good times.

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[where: 25 maiden lane, san francisco, ca]
[where: 85 campton place, san francisco, ca]
[where: 430 mason, san francisco, ca 94102]

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