Sunday, February 27, 2000

Excelsior in Brooklyn

I've told you about my local hangout, Excelsior. Here's a look at the joint, which was recently spotlighted in Time Out New York:

One of three watering holes along Park Slope's Fifth Avenue, the swanky Excelsior, bathed in red, black and chrome, feels more like a neighborhood institution than a bar that opened only six months ago. Thank owners Richard Kennedy and Mark Nayden for that -- they snagged the three most popular bartenders (Cheryl, Jack and Ray) from the old Carry Nation across the street, and the pourers' devoted clientele followed. There are other magnets here, too: the back deck and spacious garden below, which will host barbecues and outdoor events, come warmer weather; some stand-out tap beers; a jukebox stocked with tunes ranging from Hank Williams to the Sex Pistols; and Ray's special cocktail, the Bijou, made of gin with Chartreuse liqueur and orange bitters ($7). By the way, no one discriminates here; on a recent visit, a straight girl introduced her dyke pal to a gay guy who was there with his het buddy.

Best reason to go: Even your dog is welcome to drink (water) here.

390 Fifth Ave between 6th and 7th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-832-1599). Subway: M, N, R, F to Fourth Ave-9th St. Mon-Fri 5pm-4am; Sat, Sun 2pm-4am.

The aforementioned Ray

Me, with Lou Madigan, another faithful patron

Wednesday, February 02, 2000

Posse Movie Night

All five members of The Posse got together at my place tonight. Heather and Julia were the first to arrive, then Derek and Henry. We all feasted on fried chicken, potatoes au gratin and Chinese food, as we watched Singin' in the Rain and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. As you can probably see in the webcam photos below, we had a blast!

In other news: Some of you have asked about Dan. Well, he'd decided to try to work things out with his lover after all, which I think is cool. I didn't like it at first and was quite disappointed. We had become friends, and, for me, it had grown to something more. I think it did for him too, but the timing was very, very wrong. I'm a firm believer that things always work out in the long run, so this is for the best. We're back to being being "just friends."

My second date with Danny was so much fun! I mentioned him last week. Last Thursday, we met up in Times Square, had dinner at an English pub called The Playwright, and saw American Beauty (SO excellent) at the Virgin Megastore. We had a lot of laughs, and I got to steal a couple of kisses before the movie started. :-) (Yum.) He was so sweet, holding my hand throughout the whole thing and resting his head on my shoulder.

The next day, The Posse went to "1984". It's a small dance club in the East Village that plays all 80's music -- we had the BEST time! I had mentioned to Danny that we'd all be there, and he showed up! What a nice surprise. He came with his two friends, Ed and Richard. I have no idea how he found me on that super-crowded dance floor, but he did, and he was richly rewarded. ;-) He's so smart and funny and great company. We have a date on Thursday, that I'm *really* looking forward to.

Okay, time for bed.

Until next time,