In a city where it seems you have to mortgage away your life savings just to live here sometimes you have to make some tough decisions when it comes to spending. Especially when it comes to nightlife, dining, and fun time! The majority of us are barely getting by as most of our paychecks are handed over for rent, bills, and the basic necessities of life. Hey, one must have enough toilet paper on hand at all times! We New Yorkers are a city of people that work hard and play hard. After a long work week we still find a way to go out and party, even if that means digging into our cash pile meant for bills, or we dig in the couch cushions and coat pockets for enough change to have some drinks. Isn’t it a thrill when you come up on some dollar bills you had stuffed into a pocket and forgot about months ago? Heck, I need to find some way to keep my thirst for good booze quenched!
One of the best tools I have discovered for saving cash are the abundance of discounted websites that have gained popularity over the past few years. Sites like Living Social, Groupon, Google Offers, and ScoutMob are terrific sites that offer some amazing discounts on dining, drink, and social events. Why spend full price when you can take advantage of so many great deals out there? Save a buck or two! A new site that I found out about recently is called Course Horse. It’s a site that offers experiences in a variety of subjects by way of taking a mini-course in them, all at discounted rates. It’s a great way to try something out without spending a ton of cash on it. Of course I jumped at the “Beer & Bourbon Tasting for $10″! My inner lush was ecstatic when my good friend Julia B sent me the email for it. Was totally worth it for a fun night out over a few hours of beer and bourbon tastings.
I purchased two tickets for me and my other good friend Monique R (yeah, she of the amazing cooking skills that I keep pestering to start her own bistro). We both enjoy a good beer and quality spirits so we were both looking forward to this and were not disappointed. It was held at one of my favorite watering holes – Idle Hands. This bar has a fantastic bourbon and whiskey list, along with a rotating group of craft beers on tap. Plus, they play hard rock and heavy metal music. Pure win! It’s in a downstairs space under another bar, is kind of dark, a bit grungy, and just a cool spot if a beer, bourbon, and Iron Maiden to Foo Fighters is to your liking.
We grabbed a table and waited patiently for the event to start. Good thing we purchased our tickets in advance as it got packed with a terrific turnout. The tasting event came with two full pours, three beer tastings, a bourbon tasting, and an order of tater tots! Can’t ever go wrong with tater tots! The featured beer company of the night was Sierra Nevada and the bourbon was Larceny. We got to sample their brews from the IPA’s to Pilsners to Porter styles. The Imperial Porter was pretty damn good! Like a dark bitter chocolate and coffee flavor. The bourbon was outstanding. Caramel and honey tones with a smooth finish, and drank nicely along with a smooth finish.
The reps from both came by and served us each tasting along with a little explanation of each. We never had to leave our seats! The reps were very educational, fun, and friendly. The beer rep was especially thorough and we could tell he really enjoyed his beer. Plus, there was some swag given out such as beer coasters, key chains, and even a lip balm made from beer hops and mint.
We had a great time! Again, this was totally worth the $10 fee and lasted around two hours. Sweet!
I’ve signed up on-line, and downloaded all these discount site aps to my phone. You should too. Take advantage of every opportunity to save some cash while still enjoying life. Damn, it’s expensive to live in NYC to begin with. Party on a budget! These sites make it much easier on the wallet.
Now as for my liver, that is another story…..