Daytrip to Natchez and Beyond Wednesday, May 30 2012 

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ImageA Daytrip for Your Consideration…

 

Sometimes you just have to leave Red Stick.  DBG recommends this rural little jaunt to pass a good time. 

 

First wakey-wakey early and head north to Port Gibson, Mississippi!  (The drive takes about 2.5 hours.)  Meander through the deep dark woods and have a look at DBG’s favorite antebellum home—The Ruins of Windsor.  It was the largest plantation home in Mississippi until 1890 when a careless party guest dropped a lit cigarette.  All that remains are 23 Corinthian columns.  It is hauntingly beautiful and offers an excellent opportunity for taking those hipster friendly Instagram photos.  http://www.southpoint.com/states/ms/windsor.htm

 

Then start your trek back south and have lunch at The Old Country Store in Lorman, Mississippi.  It is part second hand store, part defunct bar, and part soul food buffet.  It’s proprietor, Arthur Davis makes the best fried chicken Alton Brown has ever tasted.  He uses his grandmother’s recipe and frequently boasts, “If the Colonel had my recipe he’d be a five-star general.” If you’re lucky, he’ll come out and sing during your meal. 18801 Highway 61 South, Lorman, MS – (601) 437-3661  (Come on, people!  You thought a place like this had a website?)

 

Next head into downtown Natchez for some antiquing and finish the day watching the big river go by at the Under the Hill Saloon.  This Silver Street building has existed since the early 1800’s and has housed everything from a brothel to a grocery store.  Back in the day, the proper folk stayed on top of the hill in Natchez.  The flatboatmen, gamblers and various degenerates made their home under the hill.  The saloon is now a dusty dive bar that brings in a diverse crowd. http://www.underthehillsaloon.com/

 

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Glen’s Wednesday, May 9 2012 

Glen’s
5110 Corporate Drive
 
Glen’s is the latest nightlife endeavor and namesake of Glen Bynum, who has owned or managed over 20 bars in the Baton Rouge area over the years.  The most famous would have to be the old Glen’s Bombay Club that set up shop in the remains of the Corporate Square Mall during the 1990’s.  (Almost the same location as their present offering.)
 
Our bartender billed it as a happy hour place for professionals. From 4 to 7, Glen’s features $5 house wine and champagne and $5 house drinks.  Wednesday through Saturday the bar has live entertainment.  She also admitted that the hours vary and they usually roll up the welcome mat just after the band calls it quits. Which explains why the bar was shut down on our first attempt to visit, at 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday.
 
Everything about the place is pleasantly generic and appropriate.  Portraits of Audrey Hepburn-esque ladies flanked the dark wood bar while Motown played softly in the background. Their scotch and whiskey selection was above average, but DBG could have been in a hotel bar in Cincinnati or the back room of an upscale steakhouse in Indianapolis.
 
This forces her ask the questions:  How uniform and generic should a bar be?  Can Glen’s compete with its competitors that are housed in the same complex—mainly the two bars inside Sullivan’s, which already use live music to pull in the happy hour crowd? And could she have gotten by with a one-word review?  The word being “Meh.” 
 
 

Mr. Bingle goes to the Capitol Tuesday, May 1 2012 

Mr. Bingle goes to the Capitol

In honor of the Bicentennial, Dive Bar Girl took her childhood friend, Mr. Bingle to the State Capitol. Mr. Bingle enjoyed an Abita Restoration Ale. He looks forward to another 200 years of being a proud Louisianian.