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The Flatiron Room | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on May 30, 2016

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A few weeks ago, our friends Jessica and Cory were in town, and so we planned an evening out. After a great suggestion from Brian, the six of us ended up at The Flatiron Room. It did not disappoint.

We chose this location via text on the day we went, a Monday. Perhaps that was a lucky choice, because when Brian and David arrived before the rest of us, they managed to get us a private-ish booth with curtains, featuring a taxidermied owl that was giving some Hedwig realness.

It was very very dark.

Here’s our in-booth owl!

This menu is full of delights.

We managed to arrive at the tail end of happy hour. We immediately got to ordering cocktails before the window closed, and also ordered the happy hour flatbreads as well. (I had a Blackberry Gimlet, it was delicious.)

In addition to incredible atmosphere, there was live bluegrass! We could not see the stage from our VIP booth (not confirmed that this is a VIP area, but we enjoyed thinking it), but we could hear it. Best of all, we could hear the music and still speak to one another, the perfect mix for a group of friends who don’t see one another often and are hoping to catch up a bit.

Here is the view looking out of the booth (you can see the curtains), you can see a tiny bit of the stage on the right.

After our first round, we moved on to more drinks, and decided to order more food as well. The share menu is varied and has some wonderful treats. We ordered the turkey meatballs, pork belly, bone marrow, macaroni and cheese, warm pear and bleu cheese salad, and a cheese board. Favorites were the bone marrow, the salad, and the cheese board.

While we did not partake, we did learn about the Flatiron Room’s Bottle Keep service. Essentially, if you buy a bottle of whiskey, and do not finish it, you can store it for life in the Bottle Keep, returning whenever you’d like to revisit your bottle. They also give you a few “entitlement cards” which you can share with family or friends, so that they can partake in your bottle when they visit The Flatiron Room.

Here are a few more images of The Flatiron Room.

I highly recommend a visit to the Flatiron Room if you are in New York. Do not expect to be lucky like we were, and make reservations for a table in advance.

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Small Town Gay Bar (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 6, 2011

60. Small Town Gay Bar (Available to stream via Netflix and Amazon)

Unfortunately, a trailer for Small Town Gay Bar doesn’t seem to be available online.  But, there’s an intro video featuring director Malcolm Ingram and executive producer Kevin Smith.  The video is NSFW and might be totally offensive, depending on your sensibilities.

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Small Town Gay Bar is a documentary talking about the past and present history of 2 bars in Mississippi that cater to a more open-minded set—gay bars.  Directed by Malcolm Ingram, the movie opens discussing Rumors, a small bar in Lee County, Mississippi.  The bar owner explains that the bar is open to anyone who wants to come in and have a good time.  We meet Alicia/Jim, receptionist by day and drag queen by night, and get to hear from many of the patrons of Rumors, and how it’s a place for them to have an outlet where they won’t be persecuted for being who they are.

The second bar featured in the film is called Different Seasons, and is opening after an unfortunate closing of its previous iteration, Crossroads.  We see the owners talking about it, and then get to watch as the bar opens to great success, and the obvious joy from people who don’t have another outlet in their area.

I really love this movie a lot, I have seen it a few times on television and watched it again for this project via Netflix.  I proudly wear the label of “fag hag,” and frequent gay bars with my friends regularly.  The bars I go to are the most chill places, where everyone is into what they’re into and no one is there to judge. (Plus, the music is always excellent.) I live in an area where there isn’t a lack of gay bars, so Small Town Gay Bar has that much more impact – because most of the people heading out to the bar on Friday night have been quietly hiding themselves all week at their jobs or wherever.  In addition to the lack of outlets, more interviews with folks over at the straight bar nearby Rumors shows an incredible level of judgment and intolerance, and paints an incredibly negative picture of the support for inequality that is alive and well in some areas of the South.

If you have Netflix, you have no reason not to watch this movie.  It’s fantastic.

Small Town Gay Bar is available on DVD from Amazon for $13.49.

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Renaissance Globe Bar for Fabulous Entertaining

by Jamie Sanford on November 16, 2010

Will and his frozen butterbeer.

Will and a Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Today’s guest blogger is my husband William.  Here’s a photo of him from our September trip to Florida, where he thoroughly enjoyed some frozen butterbeer.


I would start drinking a lot more whiskey if I owned one of these.  It is a beautiful and classy addition to the library or office of any self-respecting lush.

Not only is the map on the outside beautiful, but on the inside surface there are illustrations of the constellations.  I can think of no better way to let booze be the center of your world.

Here’s the product description:

The Renaissance Globe Bar – Verdigris Oceans
“Verdigris” oceans and gracefully tapered legs set this globe bar apart from all others. What host or hostess would not be proud to entertain guests from this magnificent centerpiece? The faithful reproduction of a XVII Century globe sits with quiet dignity while not in use, adding a touch of elegance to any setting. The top opens to reveal bar accessories, easily holding twelve glasses and four bottles, with extra space for storage on the shelf below. An elegant globe bar that will serve as an inspiration to the host or hostess who serves from it. Handcrafted in Italy, using man-made materials and hardwood. Imported by 1-World Globes. Not intended for use as a reference globe, but as a decorative furnishing. Ships un-assembled. (Bar accessories not included. Some assembly required.)

Diameter: 24.4″
Sphere Diameter: 19.6″
Height: 36.2″
Weight: 32 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 130 lbs. (ships oversize)

This extravagant bar is available from 1 World Globes for $599.

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