Yesterday we conquered the hardest-to-reach bars on the Good Beer Seal list: Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn and Adobe Blues, both on Staten Island, with the very generous help of our brother/brother-in-law Jake (seen previously in this post). After hours of driving, delicious beer and food, we sat at Adobe Blues, a little worse for wear, deliriously high-fiving each other. Because in week two, when we mapped out a schedule of bar visits, we seriously thought we might not make it. Forty-one bars is a lot of bars to go to in one month.
So. If anyone is crazy enough to want to do this themselves, here is some advice and what we learned along the way:
- Check what time each bar opens BEFORE you go. You’d think this wouldn’t even have to be said, but you’d be surprised how many bars were closed when we got there before we wised up.
- Start early.
- Take days off.
- Don’t judge a bar by its façade. The most special bars we went to have the crappiest-looking exteriors.
- Don’t avoid the outer boroughs. There are really awesome places in hard-to-reach areas.
- When you go to Staten Island, drive. We didn’t want to deal with the public transportation. We saw bus stops everywhere but very few buses, so we were happy we had a car at our disposal.
- Really, though, go to Staten Island. At least the one time. We didn’t want to either and we whined about it. But Killmeyer’s is a hidden gem (it’s really, really hidden. Like, way out there). And it’s worth it.
- Some bars in Manhattan (ok, and Brooklyn) are overrated.
- Bring friends! We can’t emphasize enough how fun it was to have company on this adventure of ours. Thanks so much to everyone who joined us: Fred, Matt, Robert, Emily, Jeff, Craige, Seth, John, Kim and Jake.
If you’re not interested in conducting your own 41-bar adventure (we don’t blame you if you’re not) stay tuned. At the end of the month we’ll be posting a recap of what’s best among the Good Beer Seal bars… and where you don’t need to go.