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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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Hit-Or-Miss

6 Infuriating Coffee Shop Habits Built By Starbucks Culture

We’ve gotta hand it to Starbucks. We instinctively look to them for Coffee 101 lessons. Accessible just about everywhere, from Target to Disneyland, it’s a welcome sight for coffee fiends from all walks of life. Although sometimes, you will actually encounter areas where the only brewed selection isn’t courtesy of a green goddess. This is where we often fail as consumers, as Starbucks has ruined our perception of caffeine-laced beverages. How? Well, for starters . . .

1. Ordering by size is a language barrier.

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Do you want a large? Then stop requesting a Venti elsewhere! It’s an ugly habit that’s tough to kick, especially when you have a favorite potion. The phrase just rolls off your tongue. Many places don’t even offer more than two size options, making this exchange especially awkward. Speaking of size . . .

2. Requesting beverages by name may yield other results.

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For example, a macchiato ordered in Starbucks has multiple sizes. In non-Starbucks territory, it yields a single espresso size. Before you go chewing out your barista for incompetence, stop to consider the possibility that they’re actually assembling the norm. Now take a deep breath before your next move.

3. New, fancy drinks aren’t exactly new.

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Starbucks recently introduced a Latte Macchiato. Consisting of espresso layers, steamed whole milk and even more espresso, it’s the kissing cousin to their new Flat White. However, Flat Whites have been around in Australia since before you were born. Brush up on what’s listed on another joint’s drink board, and try not to look like an douche when it’s your turn.

4. Coffee shops don’t all offer frequent buyer cards.

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Everybody may know your name at the local ‘bucks, but at the independent spot, they will give you a blank stare if you attempt to pay with an app. Remember, these places thrive in an indie-minded environment. That may mean a wall of mismatched mugs belonging to regulars. What it doesn’t mean: Attitude over their differences. This is especially apparent if you  . . .

5. Ask about WiFi (DON’T).

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Connecting to their internet should not be considered a right. Believe it or not, many shops want you to put your phone down and communicate with those around you. Lugging in your laptop and setting up office for an afternoon may generate a lot of stink eye in your direction. If it isn’t obviously available, just chill for the time being and do something cray like read the news from an actual paper.

6. Your expectations run low for everyone else.

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Go ahead and play favorites, but remember that Starbucks used to be just another place to get a hot beverage. Less corporate coffeehouses make up for a lack of festive branded cups with kick ass latte art and board games. Who doesn’t want a complex, steamed milk design with your Jenga competitive streak? And remember to drop a tip in that jar; many can’t afford to offer things like health benefits. Supporting local only makes you look good.

 

 

 

 

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Fast Food

Potato Crisis Puts End to Super-Sized Fries in Japan, Small or Nothing

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Sad news for Japan. Thanks to a potato shortage caused by labor contract disputes, Japan is seeing less and less of the popular starch, reports Asahi News. Because no potatoes are coming in from US ports, McDonald’s Japan is rationing their fry supply.

No longer will the fast food chain be offering medium and large servings of the potato sticks. Customers will only be able to order a small serving of the fried potatoes.

Combo meals that feature a medium-sized order of french fries will now be 50 yen cheaper. That’s approximately 43 cents US. The fry rule is effective Dec. 17 and will carry on toward the foreseeable future at all Japanese McDonald’s locations.

No word yet if the fry embargo reaches to other fast food restaurants located in Japan.

h/t Kotaku

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Celebrity Grub

Smash Mouth (Yes, The Band) Releases ’90s Bro-Approved Cookbook

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Everybody loves cooking and musicians — no matter how famous they may be — are no exception.

First came Cookin’ with Coolio — yes, a cookbook from the “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper himself. And now? A collection of recipes, courtesy of 90’s-nostalgic bro Smash Mouth, who has now released Smash Mouth: Recipes From The Road.

The first thing we thought was, “Can Smash Mouth really cook?” We’re not really sure.

But it doesn’t matter, because you won’t find any of the musician’s own recipes in those pages. According to Eater, who had the first look at this new collection, the singing superstar has compiled a list of crowd-recipes (think hamburgers, pizzas, sandwiches, dips, etc.) from bro-approved chefs like Guy Fieri, Todd English, and Michael Symon — as well as other big restaurants.

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Still iffy about it? Guy Fieri seems to be on board with it, considering he wrote the foreword. Although, we’re not sure if that hurts or helps this cookbook’s case.

Smash Mouth: Recipes from the Road $25 @ Amazon

H/T Eater

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News

World's Smallest Pastrami Sandwich?

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That’s either an extremely large finger, or a really small sandwich. Now a days…I just don’t know what to believe. (PicThx Insanewiches)