Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Apprenticeship Program

My nephew Charlie is visiting this week so Bar Man hasn’t been making his appointed rounds while showing him the sights of New York. This was planned downtime so today was a bit of a bonus. After visiting the Museum of Natural History we decided to take a walk through Central Park. Somehow or another, either despite the Mysterious Chinese Woman having a compass, or perhaps because of it, we managed to get lost. Luckily we found a body of water and men (and women) who had gone down to the sea (well, a little lake) in boats. We followed the waterline and, lo and behold, up sprung The Boat House.

751) The Boat House


Quite an attractive bar and restaurant sitting right on the lake and adjacent to where you can rent boats.


There is both an indoor and an outdoor bar but we didn’t see the outdoor one until after we had a drink indoors. The bar itself is a fairly square dark wooden affair with the bartenders station in the middle. A small selection of liquor sits in the center on tiered shelves and looks a bit precariously perched. I think it might be mainly for show with the liquor actually used stored underneath the bar. The view is certainly pleasant enough and would be even nicer if you sat at a table outside.



Despite the pleas and tears of the Mysterious Chinese Woman, I explained that, as an Apprentice Bar Man, Charlie had to drink his Coca Cola at the bar.

Charlie, My Apprentice Program's First Participant


It is always hard on the women to see the children made to suffer for a greater good.

Mysterious Chinese Woman Attempting To Intervene


Charlie soon saw some of the benefits of becoming a Bar Man, however.

Nylee, The Dispenser Of Libations


There is a nice fireplace against one wall and ample indoor and outdoor dining areas. The outdoor bar looks like the better bet for a drink on a lovely day such as it was, but it was not to be. Perhaps next time we get lost.

Just one drink for the day but it was, as I said, a bonus. This makes 751 for the year and leaves a mere 249 to go. My next milestone will be bar number 777 on September 12th at F R Woody’s Pub up in Ranier, Minnesota, so I can kind of coast a bit until then. Woody is also the proprietor of Woody’s Fairly Reliable Guide Service.

29 comments:

Rochester Bar Man said...

Perhaps this has been asked and answered already, but do you have a scheduled ending date? Or will you just get to #1000 when you get there? I know you gave yourself a year but you seem to be ahead of schedule, so I was wondering if you'll slow down to hit your target date on the head.

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Peter Fleming said...

Hmmm . . .

Are those comments BLAM? (blog spam?)

The Boat House is a cool place. We try to get there once a year, usually in the fall for Tiki Barmaid's birthday. This past winter we were there after visiting The Gates (known to one in our party as "The Howard Johnson's Curtains") and Cristo happened to stop in. Whatever you think of them, it got a lot of people into the City in February. I'm sure The Boathouse liked them.

Not so secret nugget: A scene from When Harry Met Sally was filmed at the Boat House. Obviously not as famous as the "I'll have what she's having" scene.

paula said...

Hi Charliebarkfarbbarleyhead.
Love ya,
Auntie Paula

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Nodak Jack said...

Where the heck is Rainier Minnesota? Anywhere near Fargo North Dakota? If so, I'll meet you at my favorite bar, "Duffy's."
I'll buy the first round.

1000 Bars said...

Currently my plans are to hit bar number 1000 in a place called The Vanilla Room in Sydney, Australia. I will keep everyone posted as the date draws nearer.

Ranier is a town just outside of International Falls in Northern Minnesota, right on Rainy Lake. You could swim to Canada from Woody's dock if you wanted to do so. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Fargo.

C.W. said...

Yes... that is a good perk of becoming Bar Man.

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