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This Ingenious App Will Get You A Cocktail A Day For Just $.33

Have you ever needed to drink really badly after work, but can’t get drunk because you have shit to do like every standard adult? Then Hooch is the app for you.

As a quality penny-pinching app for functional alcoholics, Hooch allows users to get one free drink a day at any of the qualifying locations, which shouldn’t be difficult to find, since dozens of establishments have already teamed up with the app. Of course, as always, there’s a catch.

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The app only functions in LA and New York as of now, since they are the two largest cities with the largest number of bars per square mile. Additionally, while your first drink each day is free, the app itself is not. You’ll be required to pay a subscription of $9.99 a month for the service, which is about the price of one or two cocktails. Still, even with that price tag, the average cost for your first drink will come out to roughly $.33 a piece.

So how does the app make any money if that many people are getting that many drinks for free? Simply put, they’re banking on you staying for another drink. This will likely be the case for most people, since having one drink then stopping is the liquid form of blue balls. The app will root it’s foundation in the practice of hospitality marketing, which basically uses companies and ideas in the hospitality industry to increase revenue.

After a successful launch in LA and New York, the app will look to increase the number of establishments included, on top of expanding to more cities like Miami and San Francisco. According to Lin Dai, the CEO of Hooch, users of the app are spending “an additional $30-$40 per visit after receiving their complimentary round of drinks at Hooch partner bars, and up to $140 per check at participating restaurants.” With that kind of revenue being generated, it’s no wonder that the app has become such a big hit in those two cities.

In summation, you can get 365 cocktails (which averages out to $2,555 at roughly $7 a pop) for the ridiculous price of $99 a year. So is it worth it?

 

 

Photo Credit: Sobe Villas, Best The News

Sources: Los Angeles Times

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What It’s Like Getting Drunk Inside The Smallest Bar In America

Pop’s Liquor Cabinet is not only San Diego’s smallest bar, it’s arguably the tiniest official place serving alcoholic drinks in the country. Even their reservation page on Popsbarsd.com reads, “reserve your stool.” It’s not a marketing ploy — there are in fact only three stools in the entire 157 sq. foot place.

One fateful night out in San Diego (this is a retelling, so let’s pretend that night is tonight), my friends and I left a drunken dinner at a restaurant nearby with grand hopes of finding a big, fun and vibrant bar to continue our debauchery.

Somehow, we ended up at Pop’s Liquor Cabinet instead.

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Courtesy of Pop’s Liquor Cabinet, San Diego, CA

Where is this place?

In the heart of the whale’s vagina Californian town of San Diego lies the Gaslamp Quarter, 16-square blocks of Victorian-era buildings intermingled with modern skyscrapers, hundreds of amazing restaurants, and Pop’s Liquor Cabinet: the smallest of small bars sandwiched between two massive night clubs on F. Street.

What’s it look like?

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Courtesy of the Pop’s Liquor Cabinet. Here you see them definitely pushing the legal capacity of the joint.

Upon arriving, we were already a bit tipsy. We saw a glow of an ATM from the street parked right outside of the Pop’s Liquor window and, like moths-to-a-flame, we entered the modest dwellings.

Inside, the decor was basement-chic, a faux window set high against the wall, three bar stools, a wall mounted karaoke machine that also doubles as a photo booth for space-saving. Then there was the bar, which was tiny with no visible entrance for the bartender, everything was within arms reach. After my first drink I asked her, “How did you get behind there?!”

The kind face responded, “I hopped over the counter.”

Fair enough.

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Me and my Foodbeast friends using the jukebox / photo booth.

What to drink?

Everything is craft here — there is a menu on the short counter top with some key cocktails, you can’t go wrong with any of them. They have a mini fridge of beer in the back if you’re so inclined, but the bartender was real proud of her concoctions and rightfully so — the whiskey sour was music to my lips.

What else?

Cash only, thus the ATM at the entrance. Also, expect people to walk in during the night just to grab some cash — you won’t be lonely, even if you’re alone at the bar.Also, there’s no bathroom. If nature decides to call you, just tell the bartender you need bathroom access. She’ll radio over to the neighboring club and you’ll get to walk into their VIP bathroom.

With a capacity of 8, maybe 6 people comfortably, this place is a must if you want to tell tales of how you and your friends shut a bar down on your last trip to San Diego. Best of all, the photo booth can be your proof of the best night ever — in the smallest place ever.

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These 15 Flasks Will Make You Want To Risk Drinking In Public

Too often do I go to music festivals and end up paying an arm and a leg for a Jack ‘n Coke, and I only have so many arms and legs to pay with before I’m limbless and broke.

The only way to enjoy a few drinks at these events without busting your wallet is to strategically place flasks all over your body. Thankfully, Hendy from The Chive put together a list of the coolest flasks out there for you to peruse.

1. The Smoker’s Vice

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This thing has room for two cigars (or blunts) and about 4 oz. of space for your poison of choice.

2. The Pants-y Dropper

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This little guy fits snugly in front as a belt buckle. Just be careful for backsplash when you pee, that would piss me off (pun ALWAYS intended).

3. The Nautilus

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This is the flask for the sea-faring man, the kind of guy that pours Johnnie Walker in his Cheerios.

4. The Earth Pocket

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Hey man, don’t like, litter, man. Mother earth can feel it.

5. The Throwback

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If some 90’s baby tries to take a sip from this, just take it back and say, “Can’t touch this,” then just hammer dance in the other direction.

6. The Legend Of Drunker Vance

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Golf can be a very stressful game, maybe a few “shots” on par will chill you out.

7. The Pocket Change

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This wallet-turned-flask is convenient for any situation. Even pickpockets will have a good time if they can swipe it.

8. Le Gentleman

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Is there any better place to stash your booze than your ‘stache?

9. The Headshot

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Of all the flasks, this one might be the most inconspicuous. Still, licking the tip of a video game cartridge in the middle of the Governor’s Ball will probably still look pretty conspicuous.

10. The Prescription Buzz

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“Take 12-15 times daily. Do not mix with food or water, as this could speed up the sobering process.”

11. The Skywalk-A-Straight-Line-Er

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As awesome as this flask is, make sure you’re still drinking from it responsibly. Don’t “force” yourself.

12. The Whale’s Vagina

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“I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch scotch. Here it goes down. Down into my belly. Mm-mm-mm.”

13. The Gigantaholic

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If you’re buying this flask for yourself, please seek help. Unless you’re a 27-foot man, then you’re ok.

14. The Travelin’ Man

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If you’re like me and have nasty ass friends, this flask is a surefire way to keep their dirty mouths off your precious liquid gold.

15. The Fancy Jokester

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J. Crew came out with this flask, meant for the more sophisticated man. Aside from the dad joke, of course.

 

 

Photo Credit: The Chive 

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Angry Orchard Gets Edgy With New Line Of Ciders

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Fans of the Angry Orchard will want to keep an eye out for the new cider series Orchard’s Edge. A spin on the classic, the new brand will focus on new ingredients and techniques in cider-making.

Orchard’s Edge will be available in two flavors: Knotty Pear and The Old Fashioned.

The Knotty Pear will lead with ripe apple, baked pear aromas and a bit of cardamom. The Old Fashioned cider will blend American apples aged on oak with dried tart cherries, navel orange peel and charred bourbon barrel staves.

Each flavor will feature a 6.5% ABV.

You can find Angry Orchard’s Edge line at any participating bar, restaurant, or grocery retailer. A six-pack goes for about $10.99.

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Cravings

Imagine A Cinnamon Roll Shot Glass Filled With Bailey’s…Then Imagine No More

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A few years ago, some genius came up with the idea of turning cookies into shot glasses you and drink milk from. Oh Bite It took the concept and ran with it, creating shot glasses out of cinnamon rolls.

All you’ll need are some shot glasses, a tube of cinnamon rolls, cinnamon, cooking spray and booze (Oh Bite It uses Bailey’s).

Taking your shot glasses, spray them with non-stick cooking spray until they’re completely coated. Depending on the size of your pre-made cinnamon rolls, cover them around the shot glasses.

Preheat your oven for 375 degrees and throw your cinnamon roll-covered shot glasses inside for 15 minutes. Take a cooking utensil with a handle that fits the shot glass and press down on the dough while it’s still warm so that the part that puffs up during the baking process goes back down.

Let your cinnamon roll shot glasses cool.

Once it’s cooled, take a knife and make a vertical slice along the dough. The shot glass should pop out smoothly.

Heat up your icing and coat your cinnamon roll glasses generously. Once the icing hardens a bit, you can begin to pouring your Bailey’s into the glasses.

Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top of your alcohol and enjoy in one boozy bite.

The full recipe can be found on Oh Bite It!

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Video Game That Crowdfunded $4000 Cancelled After Devs Blew Money On Booze And Strippers

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The lead programmer of the video game “Ant Simulator” released a video on Saturday informing supporters that the game is cancelled because his business partners allegedly spent company money on liquor and strippers.

In the video, Eric Tereshinski claims two business partners in his indie gaming company ETeeski misappropriated money collected through crowdfunding and investments. He said his ex-partners were friends for over 11 years and that they threatened to sue him if he released the game on his own.

Although he does not name them in the video, Tyler Monce and Devon Staley are the only listed team members on his company’s website.

“This is going to be the worst video I’ve ever had to make,” Tereshinski said in the video. “‘Ant Simulator’ is going to be canceled. I can’t work on ‘Ant Simulator’ anymore. I recently found out my ex-business partners were secretly stealing company money. They had secretly spent the overwhelming majority of both our Kickstarter money and the ‘Ant Simulator’ investment money on liquor, restaurants, bars, and even strippers. This is the reason it has become exceedingly clear to me that I cannot have my career associated with these guys.”

The total money lost includes $4,459 raised for game development tutorial videos through a 2014 Kickstarter campaign that had a goal of $4,000.

“I’m very pissed off I lost money. I lost over a year in work. And I lost a game that I loved and I was proud of and I was really looking forward to releasing on Steam and PS4,” Tereshinski said. “It was supposed to be my first big step in really taking a shot at making video games as a career. But I have to start over now.”

“Ant Simulator,” which was being developed for the computer and Playstation 4, has players manage an ant colony from the queen’s perspective. The simulation game was originally created by Tereshinski in 2014 as part of a 48-hour game jam, wherein game developers gather together with the goal of creating one or more games in a short amount of time.

Tereshinski closed his video by saying: “I’m definitely going to move forward more cautiously and not be so trusting, even of my closest friends, apparently.”

Written by the team at NextShark

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Packaged Food

Kit Kat’s New Sake Flavor Lets You Turn Up Like A Cherry Blossom

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Kit Kat is coming out with a new flavor this February: sake. RocketNews24 reports that Nestle Japan is releasing a new variation based on the popular alcoholic Japanese beverage of rice wine.

Sake flour is mixed into the Kit Kat wafer and covered with white chocolate. What you’ll get is a nice whiff of the sake, the sweet crunch of the Kit Kat and a light aftertaste when you’re near the end of the experience.

You can easily spot the package by it’s bright-pink cherry blossom design.

The chocolate-covered cookie will be available starting Feb. 1. You can buy them in a pack of three for 150 yen ($1.24 US).

Photo: RocketNews/Nestle Japan

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Peanut Butter And Jelly Flavored Whiskey FTW!

The innovators of alcohol over at Aske Stephenson have come up with a brand new peanut butter and jelly whiskey that will undoubtedly lead to drunkenly reminiscing on the good times spent at the middle school cafeteria.

Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson, the two minds behind the global consultancy company and bar operator Fluid Movement, have created a new American culture-inspired whiskey beverage called Peanut Butter and Jam Old Fashioned that has sweet tooth drinkers everywhere drooling.

The bourbon whiskey is made by pressure distilling American whiskey with peanut butter and rich raspberry jam, then sweetened with a pinch of homemade raspberry syrup and a dash of pink Himalayan rock salt to balance out the flavors.

Each ready-to-serve bottle of Peanut Butter and Jam Old Fashioned is made from a different batch, creating a unique drinking experience for connoisseurs and collectors alike.

Just don’t start packing these into your children’s lunch boxes, lest you want to pick your inebriated child up from school.

 

 

Photo Credit: Drinksology, Huffpost Taste