OUR MISSION - WE'RE PUBLISHED! Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 marked the Premier of our new book, Happy Hour in the High Peaks: An Adirondack Bar Guide. The hardcover, 160 page book can be found at bars and bookstores throughout the Adirondack Park or order online at www.happyhourinthehighpeaks.com. You'll find a list of our book signings on the Events page and where to buy the book on our Retailers page. The book contains reviews of 46 of our favorite bars in the Adirondack Park, and 46 drink recipes with an Adirondack twist. As a companion to the book, we have also published a 46er Passport so that you can follow the Happy Hour Trail to become a Happy Hour 46er and make new friends along the way. Summit Tour t-shirts will be for sale at our book signings or available online. Whether you are a native, resident, or visitor, you'll find 46 more reasons to visit the ADIRONDACK PARK!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lisa G's Lake Placid

Sweet, naive, kinda dumb. Pam is none of these things, though somehow the Rose Nylund appealed to her. Opposite attraction? A pretty pink drink of Citron vodka, cranberry juice, rose water and lemon, its distinct rose petal flavor can be a bit unusual.

The final Happy Hour in the High Peaks Lake Placid Summit Tour venue, we went straight to the bar at Lisa G's, soliciting drink suggestions from Jecinda, our young and energetic bartender. She proved to be knowledgeable, sociable, professional, and seemed to enjoy her work. Simultaneously filling orders and answering our questions or elaborating on a particular cocktail, Jecinda stated, "It's all about the accessories, like the shoes or the purse," as she whipped up a Lychee Margarita, rimmed with lime zest, sugar and salt while Daniel, self-proclaimed "server extraordinaire", waited for his order.

Variety and creativity sprinkled with intelligence and a sense of humor pervade the entire experience, from Lisa G's fun and quirky website to the tongue-in-cheek menu descriptions. Tastefully furnished with craftsman style tables and stools and plenty of seating at the long cherry bar, the pub at Lisa G's has an upscale but relaxed and eclectic feel enhanced by several original paintings whose bold and sometimes garish colors seem influenced by both Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec. A sitting area of plump stuffed furniture and a patterned carpet soften some of the edginess within the burgundy painted pine walls and hardwood floor. A pool table in the back lay dormant as we dined, supervised by two of the paintings.

Several specialty drinks, most priced at $7, tempt the adventurous while a plentiful selection of wines, drafts and bottled beers beckon the more conventional. Utica Club and PBR in cans are available for those with even simpler palates. Margarita variations include the previously noted Lychee margarita and the mango margarita (more mango than 'rita) with a cinnamon rim which we got to try.

The lunch and dinner menus offer a mouth-watering variety without having to take out a second mortgage. Kim's dinner choice of lemon Caesar salad - fresh, crisp and tangy - was a perfect light ending to an arduous day of "work", though did little to absorb the libations of a nine-hour day. We had been to The Cottage, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Straight Shot and PJ O'Neill's that day and were ready to bring the Lake Placid Tour to a close. No performance is complete without an encore, so we returned to our room to let loose the growler of porter for which we had bartered two Happy Hour in the High Peaks hats at Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood the night before. Feeling like we had barely scratched the surface, we're hoping to return to Lake Placid to see what we missed (or can't remember), perhaps during the winter. Meanwhile, we forge ahead and soon begin the Old Forge pub crawl reviews.

Cheers and Bottoms Up!
Kim & Pam


  1. I would love to help you out on another tour of Lake Placid, if you're interested!

  2. Thanks Whitney, we will take you up on that! We're trying to plan something soon.