Sunday, January 25, 2015






BURNS NIGHT






In honor of Robert Burns:

$1 off all Scotch Whiskies tonight!





The Bard’s life is celebrated with gatherings over dinners of haggis – a savoury dish made from sheep heart, liver and lungs prepared in stomach lining – renditions of his song Auld Lang Syne that is widely sung at New Year’s Eve and plenty of cheer and merriment.


Burns Night 2015: What is it and how is it celebrated in Scotland and around the world? - UK - News - The Independent



Saturday, January 24, 2015

HOKEY POKEY







HEMINGWAY ON WORLD WAR I



Gordon's is our well gin


"Everybody was drunk.  The whole battery was drunk, going along the road in the dark.  We were going to the Champagne.  The lieutenant kept riding his horse out into the fields and saying, 'I'm drunk, I tell you mon vieux.  Oh, I am so soused.'"


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: THE BIRTH OF CANNED BEER





A new era in beer drinking begins in America when the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company puts 2,000 cans of its beer on sale in Richmond, Virginia.  

It’s the first time canned beer is available to the public and it’s an instant success.

7 WAYS TO CURE A HANGOVER







1. A cold bath : Have a cold shower to force your body into waking up.
2. Mint : The morning after, there is a high chance that you have nausea from too much alcohol along with the urge to vomit, try mint tea or mint sweets to counter the nausea you are feeling. Better still brush your teeth leaving a minty fresh taste in your mouth.
3. Spicy food : Any meal that is spicy will most definitely do a hang over victim a lot of good. After a hangover, you will most likely be hungry and nauseous. First step is to deal with the nausea and then proceed to fill your empty belly with something peppery; which is known to cleanse the system and increase metabolism. Try pepper soup or any food that is spicy to jolt you back to life.
4. Pain killers : After you must have had a cold shower and the headache still doesn’t disappear you may have to result to pain killers so your head doesn’t keep feeling like heavy metal.
5. Drink plenty water : After a hangover the body is left dehydrated so a very effective way to recover to is to hydrate the body. You can carry a bottle of water around and keep sipping, it’ll help flush out all the alcoholic toxins in your body from the previous night.
6. Stimulants: Drinking coffee or energy drinks like Lucozade Boost can actually help after a hangover. Since a hangover leaves you feeling weak, a shot of caffeine can help awaken your senses. However, don’t rely on just this, alternate between stimulants and water.
7.  Exercise: This is quite difficult for anyone who is hungover to do but it works. Engage in a work out that will help you sweat out the alcohol and other toxins. After a good run, drink plenty of water, take a cold bath and have a power breakfast and you are gold.





Friday, January 23, 2015

NOW SERVING STELLA ON TAP!







Makes you thirsty, doesn't it?




HOW "PLONK" GOT ITS NAME






"(During World I) French soldiers consumed red wine, which was thought to be more masculine than white wine to put fire into men's blood.  Other nationalities seem not to have had the same qualms.

"Australian soldiers are said to have drunk cheap (and almost certainly awful tasting) white wine, and they pronounced vin blanc "van blonk," a phrase that was soon corrupted to 'plonk' and applied to any cheap, poor quality wine."



TEA-INFUSED BEER?






Joining regular brews on store shelves are products like Kombrewcha, a combo of beer and kombucha tea with wide appeal to the health conscious.



 
The idea of tea and beer may take some getting used to, but health care professionals say the benefits are hard to ignore: lower sugar than sodas and usually lower in alcohol than cocktails and regular beer.




HANGOVER CURE: MAGIC SOUP





Koreans love their alcoholic beverages such as soju and makgeolli, just as Kiwis do their wine and beer.

The day after a wild night, Korean drinkers will turn to haejangguk, literally translated as "soup to chase a hangover", to set them right again.

Korean chef Sang Jo Lee says it's considered by many as a "magic soup" and the ultimate hangover cure.




Thursday, January 22, 2015

TONIGHT @ BoHenry's



Julie & Greg



HAPPY HOUR: 4-7 PM





Happy Hour every day

4 - 7 p.m.

$1 off all drinks


WINE SHARPENS YOUR MIND & SWEETENS YOUR SLUMBER






As millions of well-intentioned oenophiles forge into the new year with a cellar's worth of good intentions, past experience tells us what bright eyes may be bursting with expectations of resolutions met will soon dwindle to dejected doubters looking back on broken self-promises. Relax. Take a drink.
 
Research says your favorite bottle of red wine or Champagne might actually help you achieve your health-oriented goals.


Keeping Your Heart Happy

If you've gone with your heart and decided to keep your ticker in tip-top shape this year as part of your resolutions, then raise a glass of red wine. Moderate drinking can raise your levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL). HDL is commonly known as “good cholesterol” because it helps your body rid your blood vessels of bad cholesterol, also known as low-density lipoprotein or LDL.
 
Dr. Paul E. Szmitko and Dr. Subodh Verma talked about the effect of red wine on cholesterol levels in a 2005 American Heart Association journal article titled, “Red Wine and Your Heart".
 
“One to 2 drinks per day of any alcohol type have been shown to increase HDL cholesterol by about 12 percent,” Szmitko and Verma said.
 
This effect can be attributed to the levels of polyphenolic compounds in red wine, which play an important role in maintaining cardiovascular health.
 
Polyphenols have antioxidant properties, which means they have the ability to slow or halt the degeneration of cells.
 
Not only do polyphenols help raise HDL levels, they wrote, but they also may help prevent the onset of atherosclerosis, the disease in which blood vessels begin to harden as the result of any number of factors including high blood-pressure and high cholesterol.
 
“Both the alcohol and polyphenolic compounds found in red wine appear to favorably maintain healthy blood vessels by promoting the formation of nitric oxide, the key chemical relaxing factor that plays a pivotal role in the regulation of vascular tone,” the doctors said.
 
Citing another study about heart health, Szmitko and Verma said that men without cardiovascular disease who drink one to drinks per day at a rate three to four days per week could decrease the risk of a heart attack “by as much as 32 %.”
 
Keeping Your Mind Sharp

Your brain may be delighted to hear that you've pledge to sharpen your memory this year through regular binges of Luminosity and other upstart brain-health apps.
 
Before you start building your memory theater, you may want to heed the advice of a team of researchers from the United Kingdom's University of Reading.
 
The Reading team completed a study in 2013 in which they tested the effects of phenolic acid present in the red and white grapes used to make Champagne.
 
The study was an important one, among other reasons, because it proved that red grapes and aren't the only globes in the bunch which have a positive effect on the human body.
 
According to the team's research, the phenolic compounds in Champagne's red and white grapes “can improve spatial memory which is responsible for recording information about one's environment, and storing the information for future navigation.”
 
In other words, drinking one to three glasses of Champagne a week just might help you remember where you set your keys next time you're headed out the door to pick up a memory-boosting bottle of bubbly.
 
The compounds in Champagne were able to alter proteins which scientists have linked to the body's ability to store memories in the brain. These alterations, according to the study, are positive ones which enhance the body's aptitude for spatial memory and, possibly, for fighting cognitive loss later in life.
 
“These exciting results illustrate for the first time that the moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning, such as memory,” University of Reading Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences Professor Jeremy Spencer said in a university press release following the publishing of the study's results.
 
His excitement comes with a caveat, however – “We encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, and our results suggest that a very low intake of one to two glasses a week can be effective.”
 
Keeping Your Slumber Sweet
 
Most wine drinkers have long extolled the virtues of a glass of the good stuff before you hit the hay; research shows that 20 percent of the United States' adult population has a drink to help themselves fall asleep.
 
While your favorite wine might make you dive into dreamland quicker than you normally would, what happens the rest of the night is an entirely different story, according to a recent study by the University of Missouri School of Medicine's Dr. Mahesh Thakkar and Dr. Pradeep Sahota.
 
“Alcohol disrupts sleep and the quality of sleep is diminished. Additionally, alcohol is a diuretic, which increases your need to go to the bathroom and causes you to wake up earlier in the morning,” Sahota said in a University of Missouri press release earlier this month.
 
Though simple in principle – who hasn't made a run to the bathroom after a night at your favorite wine bar? – the discovery is linked to the complex workings of homeostasis, the process which regulates how long you need to sleep in relation to how long you've been awake.
 
By urging on the leaping sheep through a glass of wine before bed, you're fooling your body's regulatory sleep system.
 
“Alcohol alters the sleep homeostatic mechanism and puts pressure on an individual to sleep,” the press release said.
 
Alcohol typically sends you into deep sleep, skipping over your REM cycle, according to United Kingdom-based Drinkaware.
 
“In the course of a night you usually have six to seven cycles of REM sleep, which leaves you feeling refreshed,” Drinkaware said in an article titled “Alcohol and sleep”. “However, if you've been drinking you'll typically have only one to two (REM cycles), meaning you can wake feeling exhausted.”
 
Drinkaware recommends having your last glass of wine at least two hours before bedtime.




ALCOHOL, A HISTORY: EXCERPT # 4






Faced with a shortage of wine, French drinkers turned to beer and distilled spirits, and the production of spirits doubled between 1870 and 1890.

One of these spirits was absinthe, the first alcoholic beverage to be banned outright in many countries.

Absinthe is made by macerating the leaves and top part of the wormwood plant, along with ingredients such as anise and fennel, in distilled alcohol, and then distilling it again.

In its most popular form, it is a bright green liquid that turns to a cloudy yellow when water is added, commonly by being poured through a cube of sugar sitting on a special slotted spoon.

Absinthe was first introduced to France in the 1840s, in the backpacks of soldiers returning from the war of conquest in Algeria, where it had been used as a cure for dysentery, fever, malaria.

It became popular in the bistros and bars of Paris in the 1860s and 1870s, when five o'clock in the afternoon, the time after work people drank absinthe, became known as "the green hour."




WINE: A BOTTLE A DAY





Former World Health Organisation alcohol expert Dr Kari Poikolainen has analysed decades of research into the effects of alcohol on the human body, The Daily Mail reports.
His conclusion - drinking is only harmful when you consume more than 13 units a day - that’s four to five pints of beer or more than a bottle of wine - which typically contains around 10 units.
He also believes that drinking more than the current recommended daily intake may in fact be healthier than being a teetotaler.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GET HEALTHY NOW WITH BEER






Beer is the world’s most widely used alcoholic drink, also it is the third most famous drink, next to water and tea.


  1. Good for your kidneys – drinking beer was found to be good for the kidneys.  A bottle of beer reduces the risk of developing kidney stones.
  2. Aids digestion – beer contains fiber, not found in wine, that aid in the digestive process.  This also helps in the reduction of digestive diseases like constipation.
  3. Higher Bone density – Silicone level in beer helps build bones stronger.
  4. Lowers Bad Cholesterol – since beer contains fiber, it also helps lower LDL, also known as “bad cholesterol”.
  5. Sleep – beer has lactoflavin and nicotinic acid.  These compounds are said to aid in better sleeping, also serves as cure for insomnia.
  6. Heart Ailments –since beer lowers bad cholesterol, it can reduce the risk of other heart ailments like stroke.  It has been found that beer drinkers are 40 to 60 percent less to suffer from heart diseases than those who do not drink beer. Research has shown that moderate drinkers were 30 to 35 percent less likely to have a heart attack than non-drinkers.
  7. Dementia – beer helps to lessen the possibility of dementia.  Though the cause is still unfounded, researchers suggest that this may be because of the social factors associated with beer drinking.
  8. Stroke – since beer acts a a thinning agent, allowing better movement of the blood through the arteries and reduces the formation of blood clots, it helps in the reduction of stroke.
  9. Combat Stress – at the University of Montreal, researchers have found that drinking two glasses of beer a day lowers work-related stress and anxiety.  Having a bottle with your office-mates after a hectic day at work will help in the redutcion of stress.
  10. Skin Rejuvenation – now, women has a reason to drink beer.  It has been found that beer drinking helps in the regeneration of cells of the skin that makes it look suppler and smoother!



LAST NIGHT @ BoHenry's





LAST NIGHT @ BoHenry's












Tuesday, January 20, 2015

TONIGHT @ BoHenry's














THERAPY HOUR






We are going to do something experimental during karaoke this evening, which may lead to Therapy Thursday:

In the interest of free speech, customers are allowed to take center stage and, with a microphone in hand, rant and rave for up to three minutes on any topic of their choosing.



LAST NIGHT @ BoHenry's



RAINBOW SHOOTERS!

(Don't try this at home...)



TONIGHT @ BoHenry's





We will try something new tonight.

If you have issues, we have tissues.


KARAOKE TONIGHT!






A COCKTAIL A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY







COULD YOU STOP DRINKING IF YOU WANTED TO?





The annual dry January will soon be drawing to a close and those who are still booze-free can happily pat themselves on the back for displaying discipline and abstinence in the face of temptation.



Monday, January 19, 2015

DRINK TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE






 Drink was defined as one containing 14 grams of alcohol, which is about half a pint of beer, a small glass of wine or a shot of whisky or vodka





SPECIAL TODAY!





Barbancourt and/or Pyrat 

(top shelf rums, great deal)

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe.

(We're not sure Poe drank rum as a rule, 
but we're pretty damn certain if it had alcohol, he'd drink it!)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDGAR ALLAN POE!





Born 206 years ago today


Where he lived

203 Amity Street, Baltimore


Where he drank... his last drink (and died on the street outside)

The Horse You Came in on Saloon, Baltimore


Where he rests

Westminster Hall, Baltimore

THE HangIVer BAR






The HangIVer Bar opened this summer on Manhattan Avenue in South Tampa. 
Patients can come in, get an IV and get back to their day without the headache and nausea.
"Once the IV fluids start going with the vitamins in them, you'll start to feel progressively better within 25 to 30 minutes. By the time you get up to leave, you probably feel great," says Dr. Uhuru Smith. Walk-ins are welcome at the HangIVer Bar. 
You come in, explain what's hurting and a trained paramedic will hook you up to an IV with a combination of vitamins. 
Dr. Smith says for the common hangover, the effect is almost immediate.





Sunday, January 18, 2015

TEQUILA PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS





Not only will it assist in the weight loss process, but it will also help to lower blood sugar. 
This is amazing news for people suffering from type-2 Diabetes.
A recent study conducted at the American Chemical Society has blessed us with this amazing information on this glorious humpday.
Basically agavina, a sugar that comes from the agave plant used to produce tequila, triggered insulin production and lowered blood sugar in an experiment conducted with mice.



PALCOHOL: PROHIBITION PENDING





The hooch you can snort.





MARTINI BY JIMMY HARPER






Jimmy Harper is the very talented artist who painted the Bedlam Bar murals.




Note Vincent Van Gogh, far left.




LAST NIGHT @ BoHenry's






START DRINKING FOR BETTER HEALTH



Sean Kirkpatrick

Hangs at BoHenry's


A surprising new study says that doctors tell lifelong nondrinkers to start drinking with dinner every night, as robust are alcohol’s health benefits. 

The writer of the study Emanuel Rubin writes that although it should be an individualized recommendation by one’s doctor, “the overwhelming evidence suggests that physicians should counsel lifelong nondrinkers at about 40 to 50 years of age to relax and take a drink a day, preferably with dinner.”