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Re: “New members-only Penn Society opens Downtown

"It's not based off salary or status," says DeSimone.

And yet on their Become a Member site, "Annual Salary" is a required field to submit.

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Posted by matt_mcd on 07/15/2015 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh Party Pedaler allows patrons to work up a thirst

In case you didn't read the article, it's about being out with friends and having fun. There is no alcohol served on the bike. It is a party bus only people powered. Our tour through the strip was a BLAST !! We stopped at a couple of establishments and had a good time with our friends. It was a fun way to get about town and enjoy the company of many friends !! Glad it's in our town !!

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Posted by Jack Morgan on 07/25/2013 at 12:49 AM

Re: “Get your cardigans ready for Mr. Rogers Bar

yeah... no. I'm irreverent as fuck, but it's gross to name a bar after a teetotaler. Why can't it just be The Neighborhood Bar? Gets the point across without being a dick about it. Everything else about it is fine.

Honestly, I hope the Fred Rogers Company sues to block the name.

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Posted by why though on 11/29/2017 at 7:57 PM

Re: “How much would privatizing liquor sales really help?

You fail to explain why prices in Washington went up. The legislature added 27% in new fees to the already highest liquor taxes in the country. Nor did you mention that their High Beer Tax went down 291%. Privatization did not cause prices to go up. In fact, there are some stores that 3 years later are still at or below the old state store prices, that is what free market competition can do.

As for selection here is a 2012 Washington State Price list (http://liq.wa.gov/publications/liqpurchasing/Price%20Book/MAY%202012%20PRICE%20LIST.pdf) it has about 50 varieties of bourbon and about 70 varieties of Scotch listed. Here is the selection from one of the 10 Total Wine & More stores in Washington (http://www.totalwine.com/eng/categories/spirits) They have 289 varieties of bourbon and 381 varieties of Scotch. There are well over 30 such superstores in Washington, each with more selection in one store than what was available in the entire state.

You are just wrong, selection "did not start to erode" it has increased dramatically.

The PLCB has an effective markup of 45.2% and that is going up a bit from the newly imposed fees passed this month. The wholesale tax is 15% which alone will bring in more revenue than the current state store system does. That leaves the question if a private business can work within the remaining 30.2% of margin without raising prices. For higher volume stores that is certainly possible, for lower volume stores perhaps not. It is not the governments job to control retail prices to make sure everything everywhere costs the same any more than it is their job to make sure you have equal access to French cheese.

If you need verification of ANYTHING in this post I can provide it - I deal in facts not generalized statements.

Free enterprise works. Just look at everything else you buy.

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Posted by Albert Brooks on 07/22/2015 at 8:42 AM

Re: “New members-only Penn Society opens Downtown

Very embarrassing for everyone involved, so 2008. Bleh

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Posted by Hometown Champ on 07/16/2015 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Get your cardigans ready for Mr. Rogers Bar

I would expect and hope the Fred Rogers company will sue them. All true pittsburghers should not patronize. Fred's legacy in Pittsburgh and to all children does not deserve the disgrace of a bar being named after him. What are these idiots thinking.

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Posted by Rob Vogel on 12/02/2017 at 4:49 AM

Re: “A farewell to Dish Osteria and Bar

LOL @ Stephen! The place was amazing and was packed every night they were open. I went on a Wednesday evening without a reservation and was lucky to get a seat at the bar. It will be missed.

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Posted by Greg T on 04/13/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “A farewell to Dish Osteria and Bar

Their massive success shows why so many people came out for these "simple meals". That's the genius of good Italian cooking; taking something simple and making it absolutely sublime. I'll miss this place, it leaves a hole in Pittsburgh.

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Posted by daryl shawn on 04/13/2017 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Spoiler: Absinthe isn’t trippy

"After a second distilling, the substance (herbs and all) is shocked with hot water. Scalding releases chlorophyll, resulting in the signature absinthe green."

No, after the second distillation, a second mix of herbs is soaked in the warm distillate to release chlorophyll (and add flavor).

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Posted by Brian Robinson on 02/19/2019 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Hitchhiker Brewing Enters City Limits

That would be great! We've enjoyed visiting the Mt. Lebanon Hitchhiker location, but we're on the South Side more often than we're in Mt. Leb.

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Posted by LaurieMann on 01/27/2016 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Pittsburgh Party Pedaler allows patrons to work up a thirst

Vannevar and Zushigirl; you both must be real fun at parties. The driver that works for the company controls the vehicle and does not drink. The riders only contribute power to make it go forward. Its no different than a party bus except the riders get some exercise. Around two dozen cities have them right now and they seem to be doing well. Maybe instead of condemning people with a novel idea for the city you should lighten up a bit.

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Posted by LionelEssrog on 08/07/2013 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Spoiler: Absinthe isn’t trippy

"Truthfully, when diluted properly, it's only a bit more alcoholic than a glass of wine."

Thank you, thank you, thank you! However this should read "when consumed properly".

The single most important truth (or anti-misunderstanding) about absinthe, in my opinion, is that it is a concentrated drink. It isn't, and never was, intended to be drunk undiluted. A proper glass of absinthe starts with just 1 ounce of the absinthe (the concentrate). As such, its bottled alcohol percentage is irrelevant. It's only bottled at the percentages that it is to preserve it until it is served.

Not only does a properly prepared glass of absinthe contain no more alcohol than an average glass of wine, it contains less alcohol than 12 ounces of most IPA beers (never mind 16 ounce pours!), and most standard and classic mixed drinks.

I commend you for staying away from the usual "high alcohol" hyperbole usually part of these kinds of articles. It's a dialogue I think it's high time we all moved away from.

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Posted by Michael Meyers on 02/20/2019 at 2:35 AM

Re: “A farewell to Dish Osteria and Bar

I could've licked plates here on numerous occasions. Coziest, tastiest spot in the city. Was always top of our list. You will be sorely missed, delicious Dish!

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Posted by Emily Chiodo on 04/14/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “New members-only Penn Society opens Downtown

I can have wonderful conversations and delicious cocktails without being a card carrying show off. Keep LA out of Pittsburgh

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Posted by RollsEyes on 07/20/2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “New members-only Penn Society opens Downtown

Can I bring my Chili's To-Go inside when I get my membership?

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Posted by Blitzburgh99 on 07/20/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The expanded East Liberty state store might augur further improvements

One needs to ask why it has taken 2 and 3 years to remodel stores if they are doing it in the most efficient way possible? If you doubt look into the Mountaintop store which took 2 years or the one in Lebanon that is well over 3 years.

Of course, at the current rate all the stores won't get done for over 50 years which is longer than it took to move from counter stores to self service (36 years) or to decide to finally take credit cards (15 years).

If you want real modernization you want total privatization.

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Posted by Albert Brooks on 09/24/2014 at 8:52 AM

Re: “CMU students launch new liquor label

You can also find Fortis RIGHT NOW at Franktuary in Lawrenceville! Stop in for a delicious cocktail!

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Posted by Anthony Lorubbio on 03/06/2013 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Round Corner Cantina keeps its edge with new drink list

My experience has been that Round Corner is straddling the style side of the line much more than the speed side. I was there last Tuesday the 12th for the first time in a year+ and was reminded why it has been so long and why it will longer until my next visit. While the place was fairly busy it was not chaotic but the bartenders and servers struggled to keep up from what I simply honestly have to call ineptitude. If there was chaos it was behind the bar and it showed with many disappointed patrons. I sat at the bar as Ms Fitzgerald herself argued with two 60+ women who came to the bar looking to pay their bill after not seeing their waitress for 15-20 minutes. Ms Fitzgerald told them they were 'exaggerating' about the wait. Maybe they were but I do know that I and members of my party experienced very similar waits. While Ms Fitzgerald did comp the older ladies a round, after they left she spent some time ridiculing them in open earshot of the bar patrons. Drinks coming fast? I think not. Nothing came fast in my experience at the Round Corner except for the employees complaints and commentary about their customers.

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Posted by Patrick Conneely on 06/20/2012 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Spoiler: Absinthe isn’t trippy

Three spouts drip water from a clear tank onto glasses dressed with sugar cubes and grills

They are called spoons, not grills you filthy casual.

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Posted by Brendan James on 02/19/2019 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Pennsylvania liquor stores offer more than meets the eye

However, if there is a libation you just can’t live without, a trip to New Jersey is the way to go.

Fixed it for you.

Yes, the PLCB can't stock more items when they need 10 facings of Vladimir vodka and 4 feet worth of Franzia Chard in every store.

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Posted by Albert Brooks on 06/15/2016 at 8:25 AM

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