Operation A–Z

A few days ago, I embarked on Operation A–Z, which is a fancy way of saying that I need to drink a lot before turning 40 so will be going to 26 bars over the next nine-and-a-half months.

Mom, I was kidding about the “drinking a lot” part, I promise.

Some friends mentioned this idea a few months ago, and I decided to take it on. Because, yes, I’m panicking about turning 40 all ready. I thought this would be a good way to start distracting myself before I start the actual birthday list in January.

So 26 divided by 9.5 is 2.74. Therefore, I’ve decided to visit two bars on one Friday night per month, and will have to throw in a third one now and then.

At the moment, I’m picking bars that I haven’t been to before. But that could change. I’m not going in alphabetical order, since I will need to visit two in the same night and strategize accordingly. I am excited to finally get to some bars that I’ve been meaning to visit…for 15 years. 15 YEARS.

Here we go…

Bar #1: J









I’ve attempted to go to JM Curley a few times…it’s always been packed. My friends and I lucked out earlier this week. Three seats smack in the middle of the bar. Unfortunately the bartender thought there was a brick wall between him and us. Or maybe someone threw Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak on us as a joke…but we finally ordered and received our beer. I ordered a Blatant IPA and a Hop-Up IPA. It was an IPA kind of day.











We split an order of fried pickles too. So good. Now, will I go back?

Well, we noted that it was a young crowd…but it does have a decent beer list and is close to the office. I’ll give this a “Maybe” rating.

I’m going to another bar next week, so stay tuned. And bring on the suggestions, friends!


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