Locked Up Not Abroad But At Local South Bay Bars
I was kidnapped. Locked up not abroad, but in the South Bay.
And this is the South Bay. Hermosa Beach. So all started and ended well.
I was planning on a busy day of writing several articles for this blog – among them a review of a new rum, actually – when I received an e-mail to check out the Barcycle, a new bicycle-built-for-17 that’s cruising the bars of Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. And they were offering free drinks to media!
Well, I can’t turn THAT down, and besides, I had seen the contraption at the Hermosa Beach St. Paddy’s Day parade and was curious about it. Might as well meet the people behind it and have them buy me a few Stellas, right!?
We started at Hennessey’s, then went to Game Changers and the Beach House.
Naturally, I had been to the first two places several times, but never at the latter. How many times had I passed by the Beach House seeing people drinking champagne on its side patio having a good time, all the while turned away by a little sign that says GUESTS ONLY. Yet, now, I was a guest. Well, only for about an hour (and I took liberty of filling up the champagne glass ac couple of times) but it was a very pleasant experience.
Perhaps they will invite me back sometime, even though I’m unlikely to pay $250 for a room since I live here.
The Barcycle is a cool idea, for the South Bay culture is to ride the bikes to play beach volleyball, to a friend’s house on or near the Strand and to bars and parties.
This just makes is a group adventure ($390 for 2 hours). Yes, this is mostly for tourists but it can be a fun thing for locals, too. And it includes bar specials, such as $3 drafts at Hennessey’s and 2-for-1 at Game Changers, for an hour before and after the bike drops you off at those bars.
PubClub.com will be doing a full review of it but here’s all you need to know: It’s run by people from Chicago. And people from Chicago like to have a good time.
Update: No Barcycle in Hermosa; it simply did not work here.