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If you anticipate finding yourself longing for the weekend fun during the weekday after-hours, fear not. New York City has a panacea for you: Weekday happy hours so you can work hard and play hard. Here are a few across Manhattan and Brooklyn:
La Biblioteca in Murray Hill (Manhattan) This Murray Hill-based bar is a veritable library featuring 400 bottles, blue agave-based spirits from Tequila, mescals and sotols from Oaxaca, and Durango, among others. Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - $8 cocktails and $5 small plates Location: 622 Third Ave., New York , NY 10017 More information:richardsandoval.com
Verlaine in Lower East Side (Manhattan)
Verlaine Bar & Lounge is named for Paul Verlaine, a 19th century French poet celebrated for his symbolist poetry. Check out the daily happy hour and you’ll know why this is quite the fitting name.
Happy Hour:Daily, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; $6 Hanoi Lychee Martinis, Sangrias, Vietnamese Bloody Marys; $6 house red & white wines, basic cocktails; $3 bottles of Yuengling Location: 110 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002 More information:verlainenyc.com
The Graham in East Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
This is a Brooklyn-based neighborhood bar offering unbeatable happy hour deals on a hard day’s night.
Happy Hour: Daily, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.; $2 off drafts (except Miller High Life) and wells plus $1 Tacos; $3 well mixed drinks and shots Location: 151 Meserole St., Brooklyn, NY 11206 More information:http://thegrahambrooklyn.com/
The Dove Parlour Greenwich Village (Manhattan) This bar was designed to bring luxury to the everyday lives of New Yorkers, without the high prices part of the equation. While The Dove looks like the parlor room of an old New York City brownstone, its main attraction is the collection of boutique wines and innovative cocktails. Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday, Sunday, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.; $7 specialty martinis, cosmopolitans, and margaritas Location: 228 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012 More information:thedoveparlour.com
The Double Windsor Park Slope (Brooklyn)
Located to the west of Prospect Park, The Double Windsor offers a wide selection of craft beers that beer lovers and connoisseurs can indulge in during after-work happy hours.
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.; $2 off drafts and well drinks, $1 off wine and liquor (also available Saturday & Sunday, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.) Location:210 Prospect Park West, New York, NY 11215 More information:http://www.dwbrooklyn.com/
Since launching At The Pool, we’ve learned a lot about connecting people. With over 3 million introductions in more than 120 countries, we’ve facilitated social relationships, connected travelers, and learned about our users’ needs. What we’ve learned is both surprising and exciting — “social discovery” really doesn’t work, but people love starting and joining interesting local conversations. En masse our members have been asking questions, leaving recommendations, and connecting with locals to get the most out of their surroundings. We took in everything we learned and are excited to announce something big…
Introducing Yeti — connecting travelers to local discussions.
Yeti is an app that helps people engage and create discussions. Ask about the best new coffee shop in town, or discuss the best sights to see. Yeti is mirrored after real life, where conversations can start about the traffic, lead into weather, change to last night’s game, and end on a great new restaurant. As in real life, we choose to spark up new discussions and ditch the boring ones. This is what you’ll find with Yeti.
Swiping right joins a discussion, swiping left passes. Yeti presents you with popular topics in your area and as you start swiping it customizes your recommendations. So if you like museums, a discussion over the new Rembrandt exhibit may pop up and if you like mountain biking, Yeti will present you with chats about the local trails. Even more, Yeti remembers your favorite spots and reminds you when you’re nearby. We’re excited to announce the official launch of Yeti today!
World Cup - Best Places To Support Your Country In NYC
The 2014 FIFA World Cup continues in all its glory for two more weeks and a half. This weekend marks the beginning of the second stage of the World Cup, starting with the Round of 16. Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, and the Netherlands are a few of the 16 teams battling their way to win the coveted trophy. Here are a few places where you can cheer along with other soccer fans across New York City.
Another At The Pool member mentioned his favorite spot to watch the game, so we added it to the list!
Falansai Vietnamese Kitchen will be showing every World Cup game, during opening hours. Patrons can cheer on their favorite teams while enjoying Vietnamese food and a selection of international beer and wine. http://falansai.com
Picnics and walks in Central Park. Sunbathing on Coney Island. Walking the High Line with an ice cream in hand. Taking your bike for a ride in Riverside Park. These are all iconic warm weather activities in New York City. But nothing makes summer in the city better than outdoor music festivals. Here are four big ones coming up:
Santa Monica is known for the beach, good food, and great vibes. The community is unlike any other, with the perfect combination of restaurants, bars, and local shops right on the beach. With summer in full effect, At The Pool has partnered with some of your favorite Santa Monica shops and restaurants to offer you exclusive deals that will benefit Heal the Bay.
Simply show your wristband at any of the participating Main Street merchants during the month of June, and you will be offered their promotion! And don’t forget to tell your friends so you can enjoy these awesome deals together.
We will also be launching a brand new app called Yeti to connect travelers with local discussions, which will be available for the Summer SOULstice!
It’s not just another ordinary weekend. It’s Memorial Weekend, and that means one extra day for fresh air, thrill-seeking and adrenaline-pumping adventure. What can you do with an added 24-hours of work-free time to kill? Enjoy the splendor of the outdoors, of course. Grab your gear and hit the open road for a legendary weekend getaway. If you didn’t get enough adventure this weekend, here are a few trips you can put together with the crew this summer.
Take a Dip in Arizona
The mother of all swimming holes lies deep within the walls of the Grand Canyon. Located in the Village of Supai on the Havasupai reservation, majestic waterfalls and blue-green waters appear like a mirage, well deserved reprieve after an 8-mile trek through a stunning yet arid desert. For more discerning adventurers, camp sites are also accessible by horseback or helicopter. Call ahead for camping reservations or prepare to pay double the entry fee.
Photo by Robertbody via Wikimedia Commons
Gear up: Even if you helicopter to the falls, there’s plenty of hiking to be done within the canyon. Invest in light weight hiking gear like a GoLight backpack. It is frameless, functional and weighs less than two pounds — your feet and back will thank us.
Go Big in Idaho
Head to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes for an unmatched four-wheeling escape. A sandbox of epic proportions, these Idaho dunes at an elevation of 5,000 feet cover more than 41, 000 acres of land for your riding enjoyment. Experience the G-force as you ascend from the base of Devil’s Dune, where 300 feet of mountain sand await total domination. New riders, this massive playground boasts practice hills as low as 10 feet tall so you can get your bearings.
Photo by Peter Ellis via Wikimedia Commons
Gear up: Don’t let a wipe-out ruin the weekend. You need the proper gear to handle the inevitable loop outs along the way. Websites like Motosport feature must-have equipment like helmets and helmet attachments for your camera so you can document the ride of your life in safety.
Fly a Kite in Hawaii
The age-old childhood pastime gets an adult upgrade. Hit the beach for a gnarly kitesurfing experience. Considered the world’s top kitesurfing destination, Maui draws kitesurfing aficionados year-round with its habitually windy conditions, and the views aren’t too shabby either. With average water temps of 84 degrees, clear blue waters and tropical surroundings, kick-start the summer with a weekend of sun, sand and kiting the open water.
Photo by Leon Wilson via Wikimedia Commons
Gear up: Unless you’re a local or an expert kitesurfer, rent your gear in town. Aqua Sports has all the gear you need, plus they offer lessons for newbies.
Kayak in Maine
Acadia National Park boasts 325 miles of coastal goodness. This colossal dreamscape features ever-changing views ranging from pines and cliffs to pebbled beaches and open plains. Go island hopping where you’ll not only be surrounded by beautiful scenery but you’ll find yourself in the welcome company of seals and dolphins, too. End the days by paddling your way to secluded camping spots under the stars.
Gear up: Early summer can be a little chilly, especially when wet. Protect your essentials with vinyl-coated waterproof backpacks, offered from sites like Sierra Trading Post, that are compact and easy to carry.
The days get longer, the sun brighter and you, like a schoolboy, await the clock to strike— signaling the beginning of summer vacation. Keep that childlike sense of adventure and let your adulthood take it to epic proportions. If you’ve been pining for the ultimate, rugged outdoor getaway, it’s time to appease your wanderlust with these thrilling escapades.
Kayak the Canyon
Couple awe-inspiring desert scenery with a thrilling tumult of wild waters and you’ve got an action-packed summer adventure. Deep within the Grand Canyon lies a natural water park for outdoor enthusiasts. From Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico by California, the Colorado river offers paddlers 1,450 miles of epic kayaking trails within the world’s great natural wonder. The park combines exhilarating winding canyons with centuries-old geology for a trip that’s equal parts thrilling and serene. Not long ago, guided raft trips were the only legal way to navigate through the majestic thousand-foot cliffs adjoining the historic water way. Gnar-seeking oarsmen were forced to outflank authority and embark on self-guided midnight runs in search of roaring rapids. Today, paddlers seeking non-commercial river trips can obtain permits via the National Park Service lottery.
Photo by Alex Promimos via Wikimedia Commons
Don’t leave home without: Water. The intense heat of the desert sun poses a bigger threat than even a class V rapid. Avoid heat exhaustion with sunscreen and fluids. Instead of packing bulky water bottles, invest in a quality water purifier like LifeStraw. This BPA-free water bottle enables you to scoop water from a river or pond, screw the lid on, and sip clean water through the mouthpiece.
Renowned for its ample and ethereal landscape, Yosemite National Park draws outdoor enthusiasts from near and far. But it’s the slick, glacier-polished cliffs and sky-high summits that lure climbers world-wide. The park welcomes novice and experienced mountaineers with a penchant for crags-dwelling endeavors. Newbies can start at classics like Munginella (5.6 rating) which overlooks the valley and offers a gentle starting point before taking on more challenging climbs. For greater feats, the quintessential and highly photographed Half Dome is home to record-breaking climbs. The Regular Northwest Face invites the boldest climbers with its soaring walls and death-defying peaks. New to hiking and climbing? The heights of Yosemite’s peaks can be overwhelming, even for experienced hikers. The park offers climbing lessons for all levels of agility and experience.
Photo of the Half Dome by Alex Proimos via Wikimedia Commons
Don’t leave home without: Amateur or not, plan on getting crushed by Yosemite’s peaks. Your ego will recover, but your gear won’t. Revant Optics provides replacement lenses for your Oakley’s. Instead of carrying multiple pairs, you can just pop in fresh lenses to the existing frame so you can dust yourself off and get back on the trail.
Cycle Lake Tahoe
Looking for single track action complete with unmatched scenery and fresh mountain air? The High Sierra of California and Nevada offers 165 miles of gripping trails for all experience levels. Along the massive, multi-use Rim Trail you’ll cross fields of native lupine and elevated lake views all around. The trail head begins at 8700 feet above Tahoe Meadows. From there, you’ll discover ever-changing terrain, ranging from packed sand to lush forest to rocks and boulders to keep you on your toes.
Photo by Bob Gries via Wikimedia Commons
Don’t leave home without: The ridgeline trails surrounding the blue lake waters provide awe-inspiring distractions and guaranteed wipeouts. Keep your eyes on the trail and let gopro3 capture the moments for you.
Be sure to send us pictures of your adventures this weekend for a chance to get featured on our blog! Tweet us at @thepool, and Instagram at @at_thepool. As always, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every once in a while, we stumble upon a product that really excites us. Today we have discovered the Passport Protector, created by experienced traveler, Patrick Dichter. I didn’t know this, but apparently you can get turned down from airport customs if your passport is bent, worn out, or simply looks like it’s in bad shape.
After reading the U.S. Passport Service Guide, it seems like there is a lot of grey area for what constitutes “wear and tear” on your passport. As seen on their site —
“Normal wear of a United States passport is understandable and likely does not constitute ‘damage’. For instance, the expected bend of a passport after being carried in your back pocket or fanning of the visa pages after extensive opening and closing.
It is possible (but not likely) that you could be denied entry into any foreign country and face problems upon re-entry into the United States, depending on the extent of the damage. You will have to make an evaluation of the extent of the damage and decide whether or not you believe it to be significant enough to warrant the request for a new passport.” —
This grey area is what got Patrick into trouble when traveling overseas, and cost him $2,500 to salvage the vacation!
We were headed to Europe for a 2 week trip. After 6 months of planning and saving, we were ready to leave for Rome. Boarding the plane, my passport got denied by the gate agent because of ‘wear and tear.’ Even though I had used my passport before and thought it was in fine shape, the airline denied me getting on the plane. Total nightmare!
We were stuck in the States and had to fly to another city. All told, we lost 4 days on our trip and it cost $2500 to salvage the vacation. When we finally made it to Europe, I was wondering how I could have prevented the whole situation. I came up with the idea for The Passport Protector - a hardcore passport case to prevent what we went through.
We’re passionate about travel and making sure other people don’t have the same mishap. Protect your passport so you can get on with the fun and beauty of travel. Plus, a percentage of sales from each unit will go towards study abroad scholarships to give more people the chance to travel.
THE PASSPORT PROTECTOR IS BORN
You will never have to worry about the ‘grey area’ when traveling if you grab one of these on indiegogo. I would absolutely recommend this product for anyone that likes to travel, and go on adventures. The case is big enough to fit your credit cards, money, condoms, or any other thin item that you might go on an adventure with. It’s also completely waterproof, so you can take it when you’re paddleboarding if you don’t want to worry about sketchballs stealing your shit on the beach.