Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Moderate amounts of booze might just help your immune system! SCIENCE!

That's right, bitches! In a recent studyrhesus macaques (monkeys - which were chosen for their similarities to the human immune system) who were moderate drinkers showed an enhanced response to booster shots. This study compared a control group which consumed only sugar water, as well as a group of rhesus macaques who were booze hounds and drank more than just the moderate amount. 

Clearly, with a boozy holiday fast on our heels this is great news! If you're a moderate drinker, you're probably helping yourself fight off those winter sniffles. At least we live in a time where we no longer need a prescription to booze. 

Please note that we are in no way scientists...but it's great when science agrees with our lifestyles! WOOT! 

Stay drunk, Bitches! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Drunk Bitches love's stuff to buy.

The season of buying people shit is approaching and you want to make sure to get the Drunk Bitch in your life something they won't be able to live without. Sure there is always the 'buy them a bottle of booze' cop-out but you're better than that...or at least you want to seem like you are.  Great news! We might just be able to steer you in the right direction!

Why not share some cocktail inspiration with Katie Loeb's book Shake, Stir, Pour-Fresh Homegrown Cocktails: Make Syrups, Mixers, Infused Spirits, and Bitters with Farm-Fresh Ingredients-50 Original Recipes. Katie is a favorite of mine, right now you can find her shaking up cocktails at the Trestle Inn a few nights a week. We're bringing shop local to a whole new level! With a forward by Jose Garces and 50 recipes to inspire you to experiment with your cocktails, this book is the perfect gift. If you're Drunk Bitch is also a fan of cooking at home, this is the perfect gift for them.

For the history buff, consider checking out the Wines of The American Revolution tastings at Pinot Boutique in Old City. Pinot has quite an event list, if you haven't checked it out you really should, there's a little something for everyone. The Wines of The American Revolution event appears to run each Saturday through 2015 and sounds pretty awesome, tickets are priced at $25.00 a person, totally affordable.

Whiskey is magical, and for those of you who are lucky enough to know a Drunk Bitch who loves whiskey, here's a perfect pairing for them! This Whiskey Lovers set available at Hipster Home in Chestnut Hill. It comes with the two beautiful tumblers and 6 whiskey stones for only $60.00 - free shipping! Bonus points if you also find them a bottle of Old Powers to add with it. *Hint hint*

I am partial to whiskey and whiskey related things, so I'll also suggest you check out the Whiskey Wedge! Here's a great way to chill, but not water down your whiskey. You can purchase this beauty at Swag Boutique in Northern Liberites, of course it's also available on their website, only $14.95 and fantastic. 

Know a wine loving hockey fan like Tara? Then here's what you could get for them! Chaddsford Winery has Flyer's wine, the preferred wine of the Philadelphia Flyers available for purchase. For only $15.99 a bottle, it's totally worth the know since we in Philadelphia can't actually have booze shipped to our homes. Damn it. Chadsford suggests serving the wine slightly chilled, like my soul. 

If none of these ideas are going to work for you, I might suggest buying a gift card to the recipients favorite place to imbibe, or just taking the 'I put no real thought into this gift so here's a bottle of booze with a ribbon on it' approach. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A sober month to celebrate.

Just a bit of bitchy humor. 
For many years, at the request of my mother I've spent one month a year sober. My mother is in recovery, she's a part of the AA program and has been sober for some time. She worries that I'll end up with an issue similar to hers. For this reason I take a month off of boozing and enjoy life as a sober person, at her request.

Surprisingly I don't often feel tempted to booze during my sober month. I find that it's a good exercise of will power and really I kind of like the sober perspective. I still go out to bars with friends, I'm just the sober party. I like keeping my same routine, going to bars, attending parties and spending time with friends. I sip on a water or a ginger ale and listen to the drunk babble that I'm usually a part of and it makes me smile. Last night there was drunken chatter of stockpiling oil and being epic an epic wingman and I thought to myself, 'this is awesome, I have the kind of friends who talk about oil stockpiling and solar roads while hammered.' 

If you've never tried to give yourself a boozy break, I do suggest you try it. You'll learn a lot about the people you surround yourself with, some of it will be good, some will be bad and it might give you insight into the kind of relationships you're building. You might find that your friends aren't above trying to peer pressure you into a drink, even though your sobriety is a choice, maybe you'll find that some are more than willing to participate in social activities that don't involve booze or maybe you'll find out that some of your friends are real assholes when they are drunk. 

The real thing is you might learn a lot about your own personal relationship with alcohol. In my years of boozy breaks I've personally inspired a few friends to give it a try. Some have found that their relationship with booze isn't one that is healthy for them. They try to follow their normal routine and find that temptation is too great, or that they cannot be in certain social situations without a bit of social lubricant. While there's not always a problem with having little self control, there is also a fine line between that and alcoholism. 

Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a real thing. I have seen it first hand, and watching someone you care about fall into a pattern of alcohol abuse is terrifying, confusing and easy to try to and overlook. I don't want to get too preachy on it, because clearly I love boozing, but I do want to encourage you all to do so responsibly. If you or someone you love is suffering from signs of alcoholism, please don't ignore it, ask yourself some questions, start a conversation, offer your support or reach out for help.

If you know of a great resource or have an experience you'd like to share, please leave a comment. 

Drink responsibly, Bitches!  

Love Susan

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Why you should get drunk at holiday parties

We've all seen them- those condescending holiday party etiquette rules laid out by the Matha Stewarts and Clinton Kellys of the world. They usually contain some standards like, don't eat all the hors d'oeuvres, don't fuck your date in your aunts powder room, and the one rule that is ever present on every list- DON'T GET DRUNK.

We'll that, my friends, is fucking bullshit.

How awkward are family parties? For most of us, we all only get together a few times a year, and the older we get, the more distance we all have between us. Know what makes all of that go away? Booze! That's right. There's nothing like sitting around a table catching up with cousins you haven't seen since last Thanksgiving over a lovely bottle of whiskey or a few bottles of wine. Personally, I'm partial to the craft beers of the season, especially since winter beers are strong as hell, but you can get as creative as you want.

And let's not forget that there's always a ton of food at these get togethers. Remember when you were home from college on Thanksgiving break, hungover as hell from your night-before-Thanksgiving shenanigans?  Remember how fucking good that turkey tasted after all that drinking? Most of us don't go out for "high school reunion night" (as I affectionately call it) anymore,  but you can still get that same overwhelmingly satisfying feeling of drunk eating by actually, well, drunk eating!

The important thing to remember is that all parties are more fun when you're all drinking and enjoying yourselves. Why people try to shame us into making exceptions for the most wonderful time of the year, I'll never understand. And don't be embarrassed if you get a little sloshed. If you're reading this blog, chances are your family already expects you to be the drunk one. Just don't be the dickhead who shows up empty handed and drink everyone else's booze.

So go forth and drink, and have a wonderfully inebriated holiday season!

Stay drunk, bitches!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Late night at Doc Magrogan's - Mischief Night Party

I've got to tip my tiara to Carlos over at Doc Magrogan's Oyster House in University City, because for the second time in a row he and his staff have shown us a damned good time.

Last time we reviewed a Doc Magrogran's event it was the Lobster Bake which was a fantastic event. Plenty of beer, food, music and dancing. This time it was a bit colder, a bit more inside and still just as fabulous. Who wouldn't have a fabulous time while dressed as a princess wearing make up she learned from drag queen tutorials found on youtube or in Tara's case, dressed as Crybaby Crosby wearing an adult diaper...her costume was a hit. She's totally famous on the internet, check out her now infamous tweet. Costumes are always fun, but do you know what else is a great time, drinking booze out of Fishbowls on a Thursday night. It's even better when those fishbowls full of booze are only $3. You heard me. $3 fishbowls full of booze.

One thing I have to mention that I absolutely love is that live music is a thing at Doc Magrogran's events. There was a lovely fella playing lovely tunes and he even asked for some requests and invited a few lovely party goers the chance to sing a little tune with him. I think it adds so much to have that bit of interaction rather than a stiff DJ playing the songs you'd expect to hear. When a singer with a guitar starts obliging audience's requests for 90's pop hits and everyone gets to sing along to some NSYNC and Britney Spears while still sipping on some fishbowls it's pretty damned difficult to avoid having fun.

The Mischief Night party was full of costumed party guests. The 'BEST COSTUME' of the night was a clear winner, a lady in a 'flasher' costume! It was by far the most hilarious and unique costume I've seen thus far, and her commitment to the shock factor of surprising strangers with her quick flash of pubes, pasties and a flesh toned leotard was fucking amazing.

You deserved the win and congratulations!

If you were at the event be sure to check out our flickr page to see if This Drunk Photographer captured you in your 'sexy something or other' costume. Seriously there were a lot of 'sexy costumes' though I didn't see one person in the Sexy Ebola Nurse costume I was so hoping to see.

Thanks again to Carlos and the Doc Magrogan's staff for showing us a wonderful time! We'll be back again soon, besides those late night specials are hard to beat!

Quick tip: be sure to follow Doc Magrogans on facebook to keep an eye out for posts on upcoming events, and be sure to let them know This Drunk Bitch sent you.

Stay drunk, Bitches!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What are you doing on the Eve of Halloween?

If you've been dying to wear your costume as often as you possibly can here's another reason to put on whatever costume you want and maybe win some money!

Our friends at Doc Magrogan's are throwing a little Mischief night party for you to enjoy! With $1 Pumpkin shots, $2 mixed drinks, $3 fireball shots (you guys are gross, but you probably love this crap), and $3 select fishbowls how can you go wrong?

Want to really go out, check out the $30 open bar package! What?! This the season to get drunk and dress like...well anything you want.

Be sure to visit us at the event, Thursday October 30th from 9 - midnight. You'll likely find me knee deep in fishbowls (sober months starts for me on Saturday) and who knows, maybe T will be downing fist-fulls of fireball.

Oh and if you were looking for a way to really rock out in  what could possibly be the WORST costume of the season, I just want to let you know that a Sexy Ebola Nurse costume actually exists. If you're a fella, bonus points if you go sexy ebola nurse this season!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Get drunk, help cats.

Well here's a charity event that we can get behind! Be sure to purchase your tickets to Eat. Drink & Learn. an event to benefit PAWS hosted by Bistrot La Minette.

I do love PAWS, I can't say enough about how much the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society does for animals in this city. Now you're pairing that with wine and Bistrot La Minette?! Umm yes please! Peter Woolsey knows his way around French cuisine and this event will certainly be an awesome one.

Don't wait, buy your tickets today!