The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Beer Bars
When you have limited time in a brand new city, want to explore their beer world, and end up at the same place twice in four nights, you've got yourself a nice place.
Here is what I love most about Gene's...they have good beers and they list them as beers from America and beers from other places. That is how I see the world too, after a few hours at Gene's.
It is a neighborhood place, dark and semi-spacious. It has maybe 100 or so bottles and a dozen or so taps.
The bathroom was decorated with engaging graffiti and they played music that sounded like songs you knew but it was always somebody else doing a song like the one you knew. When we left I kissed a man and called him my son for the benefit of a stranger who was talking about having sex with the tailpipe of a Ford 350 as best I can remember.
Two nights later we were back. We were six this time. A beer or two into the evening I used the restroom and came back to find Lonnie Matina had dropped in and taken my seat. I confess Lonnie always makes me laugh but he scares me a bit. He was drinking Paulaners like he heard they were going to stop bottling them, but God he was funny.