Thursday, January 15, 2015

a cure for your rainy day blues.

The meteorologists in Atlanta are saying the sun is going to come out Friday, but I'm not sure I buy it.  Lately everyday feels like Groundhog Day if Groundhog Day were misty, cloudy, cold, damp, gross and depressing.

Last weekend, my friends Maribeth and Scott, Jacob and I pulled ourselves off our respective couches in favor of some rainy Friday night fun - and stumbled upon the new and improved Midtown Bowl.  I say "new," but Midtown Bowl isn't new at all - but since the last time I'd been there before last weekend was in 2008, it was most certainly improved having undergone a major renovation in 2009.

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Here are three reasons you need to go there immediately (besides the whole weather sucking and needing something to do besides eat, sleep and binge watch Netflix, all things that I also enjoy):
  1. The bar: Three words, Bourbon lovers: Pappy Van Winkle.  They have it.  I'm not a Bourbon drinker myself, but I know enough people who are to know that PVW is the most coveted bourbon of them all - like get on a waiting list to buy it kind of coveted.  I didn't have any and I'm not sure how much it costs for a glass, but the fact that Pappy Van Winkle exists at Midtown Bowl has been the number one way for me to explain to people how much this place has improved since 2008.  They also have dozens of great beers both bottled and on draft and I had plenty of those.
  2. The tunes:  I was surprised to see Pappy Van Winkle on the bar shelf.  I was shocked and elated when I heard "Reba" (I don't mean McIntire, though she's great too) come over the speakers.  Scott and Jacob immediately looked at each other and said, "Did you play this?" Finding Phish, the Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones on the same jukebox means hours of fun.  We spent as much money, if not more, on music as we did on bowling, including paying more money to skip other people's songs because we think we have better taste in music than them.  
  3. The bowling:  Bowling is fun.  Even if you suck.  And trust me, no one sucks at bowling more than me.  
People watching is another great reason to go - but let's be honest, that's certainly not specific to Midtown Bowl.  

Have a great, warm, sunshiney weekend. 

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