Thursday, October 29, 2009

Phil Levine last Thursday

was awesome. Here's one picture we took:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Opening Early Marathon Day, Sunday, November 1.

On marathon day, Sunday, November 1, we'll be opening early, at 9 am, to host people who want to watch the marathon, which runs right by our bar. You can watch the leaders and the pack (go Mike Romanos!) pass by out of our big windows and enjoy the fact that you're not running 26 miles, via beer. We'll also have a barbecue station on the sidewalk outside, so you can grab some cheap hot dogs and burgers, or bring meat/veggies of your own to grill. Finally, we'll have our usual Marathon Marys for for $7 per pint glass of goodness.

Poetry Thursday!

Chin Music: The Poetry Reading Series @ Pacific Standard Bar
Featuring Roddy Lumsden, Jynne Dilling Martin, and Farnoosh Fathi

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 @ 7:00 PM

Please join us for our next evening of Chin Music @ Pacific Standard. On October 29th, we are thrilled to feature three excellent poets: Roddy Lumsden, Jynne Dilling Martin, and Farnoosh Fathi.


Roddy Lumsden’s poetry collections include YEAH, YEAH, YEAH (Bloodaxe, 1997), RODDY LUMSDEN IS DEAD (Wrecking Ball Press, 2001), MISCHIEF NIGHT: NEW & SELECTED POEMS (Bloodaxe, 2004), and THIRD WISH WASTED (Bloodaxe, 2009). Lumsden has worked as a freelance writer, editor, teacher, and writer of puzzles and quizzes for newspapers. He also composed a poem, “Bloom,” on the set of “Flowers for Kate”—a photo shoot of the model Kate Moss for V magazine. He was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, and lives in London.

Jynne Dilling Martin's poetry has appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Southern Review and elsewhere. In March, she was one of four winners of the 92nd Street Y "Discovery" Poetry Contest. She lives in Brooklyn.

Farnoosh Fathi recently received a Fulbright Fellowship to travel to Brazil and write poems. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Fence and Boston Review. She currently lives in New York City.

Fiction tomorrow!

The Pacific Standard Fiction Series

featuring Victor LaValle and Robert Lopez

Tuesday, October 27th, 7:00 p.m.

Books available on-site!

Drink specials selected by dartboard!

Come see why New York Magazine named us "Best New Literary Event of 2008!"


Victor LaValle's second novel, the newly published BIG MACHINE, has given The Wall Street Journal and Mos Def something they can agree on (sort of: the former likened the book to Ralph Ellison and Thomas Pynchon, where latter name-checked Edgar Allen Poe and Gabriel Garcia Marquez). His previous book, The Ecstatic, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. LaValle is also the author of a story collection, Slapboxing with Jesus. He has earned a Whiting Writers' Award and the key to the city of Jamaica, Queens.

Robert Lopez's second novel, the newly published KAMBY BOLONGO MEAN RIVER, is "disturbing and inspiring and at all times hypnotic," writes Bookslut. His previous novel, Part of the World, garnered numerous comparisons to Samuel Beckett. Lopez's fiction and poetry has appeared in Bomb, The Threepenny Review, and The Mississippi Review. He teaches at The New School.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

No jokes, please

but Dick's Brewing, a great Washington brewery, has just come out to New York City. We now have their flagship beer on tap:

Dick’s Brewing Dick Danger Ale (Centralia, WA; $6/16 oz). Dick’s Brewing’s flagship beer has a large percentage of black malts, giving it a dark brown color and a slightly roasted flavor. Magnum hops provide a backbone of bitterness, and large additions of Mt. Hood hops come through in the finish. The result is a drinkable dark ale which bridges the gap between pale and porter. 4.5% ABV.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

If you're in New York for Thanksgiving

we'll be opening early, at 12 pm, to show the football games and celebrate the holiday. We'll also have an all-day-and-night happy hour ($1 off almost all drinks). So if you're in town and want to watch some football on our big screens and enjoy some Thanksgiving camaraderie on the cheap, come by anytime.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A brand-new bottled beer from beautiful Walnut Creek, CA

the birthplace of Mr. Rauschenberg:

Black Diamond Jagged Edge (Walnut Creek, CA; $7/12 oz). A zesty, straw-colored IPA with smooth, well-balanced flavors and plenty of hops. 7.3%.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chin Music on October 22 at 7 pm with Phil Levine.

Chin Music: The Poetry Reading Series @ Pacific Standard Bar
Featuring Philip Levine, Steve Gehrke, and Jason Koo

Please join us for our next evening of Chin Music. On October 22nd, we are thrilled to feature three excellent poets: Philip Levine, Steve Gehrke, and Jason Koo. Other writers to be featured in Chin Music this season include Monica de la Torre, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ian Douglas, Aaron Fagan, Aracelis Girmay, Stuart Greenhouse, Roddy Lumsden, Jynne Dilling Martin, and Akilah Oliver.


Philip Levine's new collection of poetry is NEWS OF THE WORLD,
published this autumn by Knopf. He is the author of sixteen
collections of poems and two books of essays. He has received many
awards for his poetry, including the National Book Award in 1980 for
ASHES and again in 1991 for WHAT WORK IS, and the Pulitzer Prize in
1995 for THE SIMPLE TRUTH. Mr. Levine divides his time between
Brooklyn, New York, and Fresno, California.

Steve Gehrke has published three books of poems, most recently
MICHELANGELO'S SEIZURE, which was selected for the National Poetry
Series. His poetry has earned him a grant from the National Endowment
for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize and has been published in numerous
journals. He holds degrees from Minnesota State University, University
of Texas at Austin, and the University of Missouri. He has previously
taught creative writing and literature courses at the University of
Missouri and Seton Hall University. He is currently Assistant
Professor in the English Department at Gettysburg College.

Jason Koo is the author of MAN ON EXTREMELY SMALL ISLAND, winner of
the 2008 De Novo Poetry Prize. The recipient of fellowships from the
National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, he has
published his poetry and prose in numerous journals, including The
Yale Review, North American Review and The Missouri Review. He earned
his B.A. in English from Yale, his M.F.A. in creative writing from the
University of Houston and his Ph.D. in English and creative writing
from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He currently lives in New
York, where he teaches at NYU and Lehman College and serves as Poetry
Editor of Low Rent.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Two brand-new, specialty Speakeasy brews now on tap!

These two super-rare beers are now on:

Speakeasy Wet-Hopped Big Daddy IPA (San Francisco, CA; $6/16 oz). This special version of Speakeasy's famous Big Daddy pours a pale color, with strong hop aromas. The taste is dry and crisp, with the emphasis on bountiful additions of Pacific Northwest hops, including a wet hop addition. 6.5% ABV.

Speakeasy Mickey Finn I.R.A. (San Francisco, CA; $6/12 oz). This brand-new, one-off Imperial Red Ale has flavorful caramel malts, and a resiny aftertaste that's very mellow for a beer with such a high alcohol content. 9.5% ABV.

Just so you know...

the official start time of the Beer Nation premiere party tomorrow is 7:30. And we'll have $3 Sweet Action pints all night. In other words, we're gonna kick a keg in about six hours. So come as early as you can. Check out the intro to Beer Nation at the following web location: