A Bear Walks Into a Bar in Juneau, Politely Leaves When Asked

You have to be pretty rowdy and intoxicated to be asked to leave a bar. Or you just have to be a bear.

In Juneau, Alaska on Monday night a black bear walked into the downtown Alaskan Hotel & Bar. The bartender’s response? Ask it to leave of course.

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The hotel’s bartender Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy saw the bear, appropriately responded with a minor freakout and yelled, “No bear! Get out! No! You can’t be in here!”

Unlike raucous frat boys, the bear politely responded by turning around and leaving (you can watch the video of it doing so). Or maybe he just didn’t see his favorite IPA on tap.

The story is reminiscent of other animal-booze run-ins over the last couple of months. There was the beer-drinking pig in Australia, and another bear who hit up a bar in Colorado and was also caught on surveillance video. Sounds like animals are just in need of a cocktail right now.

All jokes aside, animal encounters of this kind are taken seriously; state officials have had to kill two bears in Juneau this year for causing a nuisance.

Where To Watch Football In New York: A Bar For (Almost) Every NFL Team

If you’re visiting New York this fall (and you should, it’s the best time to go), and you like football, there’s an important thing to keep in mind. Jets and Giants fans may seem to run the show, but many — if not most — people in this city hail from somewhere else. And they’ve brought their football allegiances with them.

New York has a bar for almost every pro football team’s fans (and countless college teams as well, but that’s another can of worms). Some teams have a few bars to choose from. Others, like the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, share one space (usually peacefully, though that 2009 NFC championship game sure made things exciting…). Most of these spots are a microcosm of the place they’re cheering for, dishing out potlucks, swag and a chance to meet other people from your hometown. At the very least, you’ll have someone else cheering for the same touchdowns and interceptions that you are.

So don’t cut your NYC trip short — stick around on Sunday and cheer for your team at one of these bars:

Team Bar
AFC North
Baltimore Ravens SideBar, Wharf Bar & Grill
Cincinnati Bengals Phebe’s Tavern & Grill
Cleveland Browns Manny’s on Second
Pittsburgh Steelers Reservoir Bar, Public House, Hibernia Bar, Irish Exit
AFC South
Idle Hands Bar
Keats Bar
AFC East
McFadden’s, Kelly’s
Traffic Midtown East
New England
Professor Thom’s
New York
You’re in New York. If you can’t find a bar playing the Jets you’re not looking hard enough.
AFC West
Mustang Harry’s, Butterfield 8
Kansas City
Village Pourhouse
The Watering Hole
San Diego
Deweys Flatiron
NFC North
Overlook Bar, Triona’s, The Gael Pub
Mercury Bar East
Green Bay
Kettle of Fish
Bar None
NFC South
The Watering Hole
Brother Jimmy’s Upper East Side (draws a small crowd)
New Orleans
Bar None
Tampa Bay
Stillwater Bar & Grill
NFC East
Stone Creek
New York
Again, close your eyes and point your finger and you’ll find a bar playing the Giants.
Shorty’s, Wogies, Merrion
Redemption, The Australian
NFC West
No dedicated bar
San Francisco
Carlow East
St. Louis
Dewey’s Flatiron (There isn’t a huge following but this place draws occasional fans)

Did we miss one? Add your favorite football bars in the comments below.

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Photo Of The Day: Pre-Flight Libations

Our friends at AOL Travel have covered the gamut the past few days with their Booze Week series. As they wrap it up, they have one final question for Gadling travelers. How many airport bars have you passed through before flights, on layovers and so on?

We’d love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!), tag @GadlingTravel on Instagram or email us at OfTheDay@gadling.com.

Why I Love The ‘Loin: San Francisco’s Vibrant Tenderloin Neighborhood

Having lived in San Francisco off and on for the better part of half my life, I’ve seen my share of gentrification. And, like many things, it has its positives and negatives. It’s hard to hate on improvements in housing standards, public safety and sanitation. It’s great to see economic growth in neighborhoods once plagued by social ills. It utterly sucks to see yet another crappy chain store replace the corner grocery.

I have high hopes for San Francisco’s Tenderloin, however. While it’s developed an undeniable hipster presence/street cred over the last few years, I don’t believe it’s ever going to fully go the way of, say, Williamsburg, or Boston’s Quincy Market. No matter how many Prohibition-era-style bars, or trendy restaurants populate its hilly streets, the ‘loin will, I hope, always remain more than a little bit seedy, sketchy and sleazy. Bless its sooty soul.

Historically, the Tenderloin has always been a bit rough, and folklore about how it got its name ranges from meaty references to the city’s underbelly to the haunches of hookers. Technically, the neighborhood stretches from Union Square to the southern side of Nob Hill (lower Nob Hill is now known as the “Tendernob,” and popular for its bars and restaurants).

Today, despite the uptick in trendiness, the Tenderloin still most visibly populated by crack addicts, gutter drunks, prostitutes, transvestites, transvestite prostitutes, junkies, bag ladies and assorted other ne’er-do-wells. It’s not a pretty sight, but the people watching is priceless – especially these days, when you throw in lost tourists, nuthugger-wearing club kids and suspender-clad bartenders.I’ve been hanging in the Tenderloin since my mid-20s, exploring its innumerable dive bars and incredible ethnic eateries (Vietnamese, Pakistani, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Indonesian …). Back then, nearly 20 years ago, I confess it was a bit dicey walking around the Tenderloin at night, but I’ll stand by my opinion that today, it’s not a dangerous neighborhood if you’re not looking for trouble. I’ve walked, alone, at 3 a.m., with no problem. When I lived on the edge of the Tenderloin for 16 months, from 2008 to late 2009, I walked to and from work through the Tenderloin every morning and evening, with nary a hassle.

On one memorable night, it seemed every freak in the ‘hood was gathered on my doorstep or beneath my window. Asian Tranny Hooker was smoking crack in the doorway, her smeared vermillion lipstick giving her the look of a Cubist painting, as usual. A junkie was shooting up in front of my garage (I sternly ordered him to find a more private place, given my block’s populace of elderly Asian couples). As I readied for bed, the cops busted a john propositioning one of the neighborhood streetwalkers underneath my bedroom window. Never a dull moment, I tell you.

I don’t mean to glorify the ugliness that typifies the lives of many ‘loin residents. I just have a real appreciation for the grittiness of city life, as well as diversity, and a glaring dose of reality. Some of the Tenderloin’s more unfortunate denizens are living the way they are due to their own mistakes; others are merely victims of circumstance. I can’t say I’m always empathetic, but living in such a neighborhood certainly has made me more understanding to the plight of some of the residents (a term I use loosely, as I’m primarily referring to the homeless). It’s also made me more grateful for things in life I often take for granted: healthy food, warm clothes, shelter, friends, family, education, a non-addictive personality, and indoor plumbing.

Sociopolitics aside, I love the Tenderloin because I find it San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhood for food and drink, as well as people watching. Some of my favorite ethnic dives and “casual fine dining” restaurants are there – Shalimar, Pakwan, Turtle Tower, Osha Thai Noodle, Canteen, Farmerbrown – as well as some of the best cocktails in the city.

Try a libation at temples of mixology like Bourbon & Branch, or Rye, or savor the dingy, dodgy atmosphere of classic, old-school dives like HaRa, Summer Place, Nite Cap, or Geary Club (the fact that you can smoke at the latter isn’t a selling point for me, but when combined with the aging Russian barmaids – all cleavage, throaty voices, and stiff pouring hands – it’s a treasure).

There are some boutiques scattered about – an upscale pet shop here, an Australian specialty product store there – but mostly you’ll find corner stores of the Korean and Halal variety, pizzerias, “massage parlors,” and coffee houses, as well as the famed Glide Memorial Church. SF’s theater district is there, just around the corner from Union Square. There are dozens of hotels, too. Some rent rooms by the hour, some by the month. Others are old, Art Deco and Art Noveau gems that provide some of the city’s most affordable, eclectic accommodations (I like the Essex Hotel), but newer boutique properties like Hotel Monaco are on the increase.

You’re also within walking distance from just about every part of San Francisco worth seeing from the Tenderloin, even if the views of and from the neighborhood aren’t the stuff of movies. But if you want affordable, colorful and convenient, it’s your place.

The one serious piece of advice I have to offer with regard to safety is to stay the hell away from Eddy Street, even in daylight. I don’t know why this is the epicenter of all that’s f—-ed up and wrong in the world, but it is, and even the local cops try to avoid it. Just stay away.

Eddy Street aside, if you, too, believe all that glitters could be anything from the cap in a hooker’s front tooth to the neon of a glorious dive bar, come spend some time in the Tenderloin.

[Photo credits: kiss, Flickr user charlottz; hotel, Flickr user CT Young; cocktail, Flickr user Splat Worldwide]

10 Best Underground Bars In New York

New York
offers many experiences for the traveler looking for a quality libation. As the weather gets colder and the streets get more crowded, try warming up away from the masses at one of these cozy, underground spaces.

The Vault At Pfaff’s
643 Broadway

Located underground at Broadway and Bleecker in NoHo, The Vault at Pfaff’s is a neighborhood bar and lounge inspired by Charles Pfaff’s original beer cellar. The space played host to numerous actors and literary legends in the 1850s, such as Walt Whitman and Mark Twain. The bar pays homage to its history with refined touches like menus on newsprint, while also keeping the space modern with stylish interiors. On the menu, expect handcrafted cocktails, world-class wines, Champagne, beer and upscale bar bites like mahi mahi ceviche, filet mignon medallions and truffle mac and cheese.Village Vanguard
178 7th Avenue South

Located in Greenwich Village, Village Vanguard is a small underground bar and jazz club with much history. Since its birth in 1935, big name musicians have come here to play – and still do – and you’ll see their photos adorning the walls of the small but cozy venue. Village Vanguard was also the recording space for many important live jazz albums, like Bill Evans’ “Sunday at The Village Vanguard,” John Coltrane’s experimental Vanguard recordings from the late 1960s and Jason Moran’s “The Bandwagon: Live at the Village Vanguard.”

201 Park Avenue South

Previously called Underbar, Lilium is located underneath the W Hotel-Union Square. Inspired by the detailed appearance of a cave of wild lilies, the 1,600-square-foot space features a twisted metal ceiling that descends down the wall and complements the myriad black steel lilies. Along with an interesting decor that plays on nature, guests can enjoy craft beers, classic cocktails and small-batch spirits like Kings County, Hudson Baby Bourbon, Woodford Reserve and Elijah Craig.

281 Lafayette Street

Pravda is an underground Russian bistro caviar bar serving handcrafted cocktails and martinis. It’s one of the larger and more pristine underground spaces in the city, with classy, modern decor. From the food menu, items like caviar with blini, potato pancakes with smoked salmon and chicken kiev add to the Russian experience. In terms of drinks, they serve beer, wine, cocktails and feature over 70 different vodkas including 10 that are house-infused flavors.

The Bar Downstairs
485 5th Avenue

Located in the cellar level of the Andaz Fifth Avenue hotel, The Bar Downstairs is a dimly lit space serving up pre-Prohibition style libations and upscale tapas. The space takes on a cozy yet social ambiance, with two Claro Walnut bars, an open kitchen, communal tables and over-sized banquettes.

124 Old Rabbit Club
124 MacDougal Street

This secret underground bar is a beer-lover’s haven. With more than 70 brews on the menu, 124 Old Rabbit Club is frequented by more locals than tourists. Immersing drinkers in a speakeasy-like atmosphere, the space is like a dimly lit cave with quality service, rare beers and a small wine selection. To enter, walk down the metal stairs until you find the black door with a white stenciled “124” and spray-painted bunny. If the door is closed, you can ring the buzzer to be let in.

The Tippler
West 15th Street

Tucked beneath Chelsea Market you’ll find The Tippler, a historical space featuring locally salvaged artifacts like reclaimed water tower wood and train rails from the High Line park. The venue has a speakeasy-feel, with bartenders serving made-to-perfection cocktails that often take on an international twist. Try “The Crippler,” made with WhistlePig rye, J.M overproof rhum, Stroh Jagertee, Fidencio mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse and bbq bitters, “Diego’s Donkey,” a blend of Barsol pisco, lime, ginger and Peruvian bitters or the “Caipisutra,” made with Mãe de Ouro cachaça, pineapple, grapefruit peel, lime and garam masala.

The Cabin Down Below
110 Avenue A

The Cabin Down Below is not only located underground, but was once one of the East Village’s best kept secrets, although over the years it has become a local favorite. Decorated to look like a friend’s basement, the laid-back space draws a crowd of elite hipsters, one-hit-wonders and rock ‘n’ roll band members. To access the bar, which is located underneath Niagara and Black Market, enter through the Seventh Street alleyway. You’ll see a black door and metal staircase that will lead you down the backside of the restaurant to the bar.

Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th Street

Jimmy’s No. 43 is an underground beer bar and restaurant in the East Village. Renowned for its thoughtful selection of tap, bottled and canned beers, you can order interesting brews like Butternuts Beaver Pond, Evil Twin Before, During & After and Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. Additionally, the relaxed, community atmosphere and welcoming staff, including the notoriously friendly owner, Jimmy Carbone, make this a local favorite.

Sake Bar Hagi
152 W. 49th Street

An izakaya, or Japanese pub, Sake Bar Hagi offers unusual tapas as well as a wide selection of, you guessed it, sake. Though the service can be a bit slow, be patient, izakayas are focused around socializing and the food and libations are worth the wait. Also, you may pass the venue a few times before you find it due to the fact you’ll only see a small sign with steep steps leading down into a vibrant, friendly space hidden from view.

What’s your favorite underground bar in New York?

[Images via The Vault at Pfaff’s, Lilium, The Bar Downstairs, The Tippler, Jimmy’s No 43]