The reason I have been so MIA lately is that I have been working and visiting my sister and friends in New York. Some of you may question why I chose to go to New York in the height of summer … When you get offered a cheap flight, you take it.
The last time I saw sister we went to this bar called Hot Bird, which is about a block and a half from her apartment. It is crucial to have some sort of watering hole within a 5 block, radius for those nights you just want a drink, and you don’t want to make an effort.
Hot Bird, to me at least, is a very special bar for a variety of reasons. I can’t say there is a first because to me all of these reasons are of equal importance. We’ll begin with the fact that there is a large fire pit in the outside portion of the bar. This is perfect for the fall nights when it’s chilly, in the winter it is simply too cold. The next reason this bar is amazing is that it allows one to bring in food from the neighboring BBQ shop, Little Brother’s BBQ. When I first went to Hot Bird, Little Brother’s BBQ was actually delivering the food into Hot Bird. I’m assuming there were some legal issues with this and that stopped, but one is still allowed to bring the BBQ inside and eat it. BBQ and craft beer make for an excellent combination. Lastly, Hot Bird has some great craft beers and great prices.
On my last trip there we went for late night beers, so BBQ was closed, although I had been craving it. I tried what I found to be one of my new favorite summer beers – Dogfish Brewery Festina Peche. It’s tart, crisp, and refreshing in every sense of the word. So, what do I do when I get back to LA but try to find it. Lucky for me Bev Mo sells it!
Here’s to hot summer nights filled with beer and BBQ.