We have learned so much since visiting our first bar in January. To date, we have visited 40 bars with the intent to review. A few of them didn't merit a written review. The foremost item of note is that many places no longer have a formal "Happy Hour". Some believe, or have at least insinuated, that Happy Hour is now against the law in New York State. We have researched that and believe they are mistaken.
Another item of note is that every bar is so very different from the other. We knew that they were different, which was part of our reason to write our book, but it wasn't until we did two large tours in Lake Placid and in Old Forge, that we realized just how significantly different they are. Visiting 8 bars in one day made it ever so obvious. We hope that we convey those differences in our reviews. It is our intent that you will find the right fit for the purpose you choose to go out and visit any of these establishments. There are places that are good for a quiet place to chat with friends, a place to listen to music, a place to eat and enjoy a few drinks, play Quick Draw, or a place to make new friends. There are some places that would satisfy all of those needs.
Please pardon the obvious, but if you are going out to meet people, it depends just as much on you as it does the establishment. No matter how friendly a bar is, if you don't have the personality, it probably won't work out. If you don't have the personality, be sure to bring someone who does. We have also been to some bars where no matter how much personality you have, they don't have any. A few of those we did not review, and a few we have given a little latitude, finding some redeeming qualities, hoping that it was just a bad moment. We also realize that we have only captured a moment. So much depends on who is tending bar and who is patronizing it.
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!