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Searching for a home bar

Chris KornelisSummit Daily News
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I’m looking for a home bar. No, I’m not an alky, but bars – not unlike underwear – fit everyone differently. I’m just looking for a place I’ll be comfortable any time. My criteria is simple: Reasonably priced drinks and a decent assortment of bar-menu staples (burgers, nachos, wings, etc.). The Happy Hour menu, the most important sub-category is a key element, and my home bar had better have a selection that I can look forward to if I’m not going straight home after work.

I’ll be keeping this log on a weekly basis, reporting on the happenings around town, in the bars, restaurants and wherever else things are going on. For now my enthusiasm is high as I’m new to town and want to get to know the area. I don’t anticipate becoming apathetic and viewing the night life from the deck of my apartment, but I could go broke; so I’ll be hitting up as many cheap or free events as possible. If there’s an event coming up or a bar or restaurant I should check out, feel free to drop me a line. For now, I’m getting the staples taken care of and, of course, searching for my home bar. The Ore House in Frisco was the first watering hole I experimented with when I got into town. My curiosity of other local establishments has kept me away, but it meets my not-so-difficult criteria. And the margaritas contain a palpable amount of tequila, which is too often served by the teaspoon.

When I arrive at Samplings, on Frisco’s Main Street, the waitress immediately alerted my party as to how many minutes were left of Happy Hour. And as we sat on the porch and drank margaritas, we were updated with the time remaining to order discounted beverages – a nice touch for the fiscally limited. As an added bonus, the waitress threw down some great rock ‘n’ roll trivia. As Paul Simon’s “Under African Skies” played, she asked, “What female vocalist sings backup?” I am ashamed to admit that I did not know it was Linda Ronstadt.

Music is a big part of my life, but live music isn’t necessary at my home bar. A good jukebox or house music will do, so I won’t cross a bar off my list if it doesn’t offer live music. Summit County has an abundance of opportunities to hear live music. I was very impressed with the B-Side Players at the re-opening of Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge. The band’s ethnically eclectic sound was impressive, and if I weren’t the county’s oldest 23-year-old, I would have stayed for the whole show, which got started just before 11 p.m. I appreciated the way the band borrowed sounds from Africa, Cuba and the West Indies, sans the bastardization of the cultural music that is expected from stateside bands. I can’t wait for the barbecue in Frisco this weekend. Tune in next week for my feedback on the event. I’ve got wet naps and sweatpants at the ready.


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