Bar 828 Popped Up in Oak Cliff Last Night, and Plenty of Drinkers Popped In

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The line forms at Bar 828
Last night in Oak Cliff, booze enthusiasts swarmed to Bar 828, the city's first ever pop up bar, to see some of the area's top mixologists at work. 

The guerrilla bar, as it's known to Michael Martensen, the man behind the project, will take place in an empty space at 828 Davis Street each weekend in October leading up to the opening of his new downtown spot, High and Rye.

In the meantime, Martensen and friends have curated a roster of top mixologists from the area who have signed on to volunteer for a night or two, with all the bar's proceeds benefiting Promise House, a local charity that helps runaway teens get off the street.

"If we can raise $3,000, it would be badass," said Martensen on a break from working the bar. From the looks of it, though, that wouldn't be difficult. The crowd swelled throughout the night, and the racket grew louder as patrons swilled old fashioned cocktails.
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Kevin Obregon paints a mural inside Bar 828
Neighborhood artist Kevin Obregon, who works at a Bishop Arts art studio and gallery, painted a huge mural on the wall as the night got cooler. Other area shops, including Salvage Boutique, loaned furniture and artwork to help spruce the place up a bit, and Nammi food truck even turned out. But, according to Martensen, not everyone in the neighborhood was on board with Bar 828.

"I've been getting phone calls all day," he said. "Some places around here think we're going to take away from their business."

Except the opposite proved to be true.

"The lines were too long [at Bar 828], so we came down here" said one patron at the bar at Bolsa. According to the Oak Cliff restaurant's hostess, the trickle down from the guerrilla bar actually brought in more business.

The crowds also spotlighted the bar's only flaw: There weren't enough bartenders. At 9 p.m., there were only two bartenders mixing up these labor- and time-intensive drinks for lines of 10 or more. And worse, the mixologists are bar managers at their home bars, so they don't typically deal with big crowds as much as lower-tier bartenders do. Their stress was beginning to show. Whiskey Cake's Sean Conner offered to "make something you can get at Red Lobster" when simply asked why he didn't put an Old Fashioned on the rocks.   

No worries, though. It was all for charity. And it seemed like a successful evening. Tonight will certainly be more crowded, though. Here's hoping they can get some more volunteer help behind the bar for the rest of the weekend.
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eplimmer
eplimmer

its actually not all for charity, there is undisclosed "portion" going to The Promise House.

sean connery
sean connery

ey Daniel, Thanks for coming out to show support last night. Slight misquote from our conversation. The quality of drinks everyone was making are drinks you "cant get at Red Lobster," hence the wait. I know it was loud and as you pointed out alot going on, so I can see how the statment could get misinterpreted. Once again thanks for the support and thanks to Michael who made this possible and all the bartenders who donated their time and hard work for such a good cause

sean conner
sean conner

Hey Daniel, Thanks for coming out to show support last night. Slight misquote from our conversation. The quality of drinks everyone was making are drinks you "cant get at Red Lobster," hence the wait. I know it was loud and as you pointed out alot going on, so I can see how the statment could get misinterpreted. Once again thanks for the support and thanks to Michael who made this possible and all the bartenders who donated their time and hard work for such a good cause.Sean Conner

sean conner
sean conner

Hey Daniel, Thanks for coming out to show support last night. Slight misquote from our conversation. The quality of drinks everyone was making are drinks you "cant get at Red Lobster," hence the wait. I know it was loud and as you pointed out alot going on, so I can see how the statment could get misinterpreted. Once again thanks for the support and thanks to Michael who made this possible and all the bartenders who donated their time and hard work for such a good cause.

Sean Conner

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

This blog is getting full on rain, rut laden, muddy quagmire boring-SO:

Best Of Kergie From the Sportotorium-like 2 Years Ago; Enjoy!________

WTH? Sheesh Craig.....ummmm, Oswalt played in the outfieldtonight!?

 

I'm working on a new character to replace "Coulton theMMA Doucher", who has the been the Rich Harden of my arsenal-verydisapointing.  The fellers name is"Sporty" the sportatorium monkey, a mascot that has ruined breadisles from Winnie to Mentone, from Alpine to New Boston....a creature so fierceand flaccid he could make a divorced  50year old guy with the sleeves cut off his t-shirt on a Harley crumble, his witand cunning so sharp, he could make a librarian quiver in silent and anxiouspain.

 

So, basically what he does is just destroy the bread islesof local merchants.  When they chase him,he becomes enraged and his mind becomes engourged with the fits and a fury ofone thousand fiery steeds on a foggy, battle laden steppe.  Any suggestions? 

 

ps-I could just take the low road and make the mascot somewaitress at Dukes that smokes, has two kids and brings Richie "man sizedbeers"...all the while cackling, blabbing and looking for hubby #3. GoGarland. Go HEB! Go party cove with your dirty lake, 100 degree water andlittered shores; hey, who wants a Natty Light and an STD.  Picture it now:  Now at Lake Lewisville or Hubbard, get yourman sized bargain basement canned beer with a new, festering STD! AND, you canhang out with a 20 something douchebag that drives an 84 Chevy, replete withwindows that don't roll up and sleeps on his mom's couch. FANCY.

 

ps-Go Walmart!  I loveit when I go into the price saver and nothings on the shelves....ahhhh, remindsme of hurricane season.  Methinks if theshelves were stocked, they could make even more money.  And the people.  I may write a book.  The guy I saw at my WM today with thatfestering boil made me want to run immediately to Chipotle and get that extralarge with scabs and bloody bandages-yum! And thank you lady with the four screaming kids, who I could hear acrossthe store.  It was like a mini Duggarfamily except they were void of Christ, shoes and any semblance of manner.  I was looking at the tents, when I heard aruckus that sounded like a trash truck and a full city bus colliding, I look upand they turn the corner and big momma in a Looney Toones t-shirt (faded, withholes) is administering a beating like Idi Amin.  And I am awestuck by the power, she's holdinghim by one leg, upside down, and whipping his #ss.  The kids got a buzz cut, a shirt with nosleeves (and a pic of a four wheeler) and is laughing at his siblings (whilegetting his #ss beat) in the basket. Later I'm trying to find nice stone in the garden section to complimentmy yard when here comes this cavalcade of boogers, snot, noise, Macdonald's(yes, people from the south call it Macdonalds, like Warsh or Ecorn....ahhh,what a smart dialect) and this 400 pound woman with the four kids, cheappizzas, and name brand pasta rounds the bend and the whole thing just tips overand rams the flower display.  The kidswere ok.  I just left my basket and wenthome.  Still not as crazy as that guybeating his brothers #ss (literally) in the camping section of the Walmart inSulphur OK; the whole time yelling at him that you don't get anything over atwo man tent because people will sneak into it while your sleeping and $hit init. ?!.  I watched in bemused horror andamazement as this guy administered a beating so fierce and brutal that it wasonly rivaled by the lady with the four kids. Here I am looking at camping stoves (by the way, butane worksbest....has an even flame and is safe) with one eye on Coleman and the other eyepeering, peeking at this guy with the eager temper.  I was just glad he didn't notice me staring.

 

On a side note:

 

I went camping one time at Morphy Lake, NM(north of LasVegas-high glacial lakes)and the park ranger gave me the code to the gate so Icould leave at 5AM.  He mentioned thatcrime and gangs had been an issue. Spent a great time and when it came time toleave, I open the gate and around the bend comes a gang of bikers that blewpast me in a rage....I can only imagine what the families were thinking whenthey were awoken at 5 AM by the sounds of classic rock, tailpipes andfireworks(maybe gunplay?).

 

Final note:

I blew out two tires on the gravel road to the CossototRiver near Mena last year, and I drove for 40 miles on the rims of my Honda toNashville Ark to get the tires replaced. I didn't have any place to put my dog,so he goes up on the lift, they replaced the tires, the car comes down, andthat little fella had #hit all over everything-the map, my wallet, myphone....you name it, poo everywhere. That's only rivaled by the time he $hit all over the hotel room in NewMexico after he ate a bunch of bear skat. I had to clean it up with cheap toilet paper and bar soap.

 

Really final note:

The last time I was in Galveston I wanted to kayak in thesurf, so, I stayed in the cheapest place I could find ($70.).  When the Kerg's arrived, he realized thatthis room came with EVERYTHING, including a fresh turd in the toilet.  You gotta love cleaning ladies in a hurry toget the job done!

sean connar
sean connar

Is this redundant or obnoxious?

Hey Daniel, Thanks for coming out to show support last night. Slight misquote from our conversation. The quality of drinks everyone was making are drinks you "cant get at Red Lobster," hence the wait. I know it was loud and as you pointed out alot going on, so I can see how the statment could get misinterpreted. Once again thanks for the support and thanks to Michael who made this possible and all the bartenders who donated their time and hard work for such a good cause

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Did you kayak in the surf? Why not kayak on the bay side? I've really always wanted to do that. You could wear chef pants and an off-brand polo shirt, tattered old chuck taylor's (hot pink, preferrably). Maybe even tie a chicken neck onto some string and catch some crabs. Bay side. You have to kayak bay side in Galveston. 

topher
topher

someone started friday early...

Arodonis
Arodonis

It's awesome to see the best and brightest cocktail barmen in Dallas working in one spot to benefit a local charity. Let's remember that as some bloggers criticize a guerilla cocktail movement and want it to operate as an established restaurant. I'll be more than happy to wait a few extra minutes to watch these guys work knowing they've volunteered their time, and I'll still get the best cocktail in the city. Way to go guys, keep it up! See you this weekend!

sean conner
sean conner

So sorry not sure what happend, I didnt mean to post twice.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I have kayaked bay side south of Galveston (heading toward Matagorda).......very cool!  I wanted to try kayaking in the surf, and man o' man I got pounded and capsized; the kayak weighed like a thousand pounds when it took on water.  It took day like a day and a half to the dern thing to shore.  I've had hot pink Chuck's-very cool. That's how you catch crabs here?  I need to try that!  We had blue crabs growing up in New England, and you just went under water and got em.  Good eats.  Crabs with fat free butter, roasted garlic, and Tabasco-YES. Maybe a white wine sauce?   Hmmmm? 

I once ate a lobster roll when I visited the family, and I asked the lady that sold it to me if she had hot sauce for said lobster roll; and she starts banging a pan and hollerin' to everyone in the establishment (in rotten, dirty, cowardly Bahston speak) "dis guy wants hawt sawce on his lahbsta rawl!".  The place let loose with a roar of what seemed like a thousand drunkards.  And they were all shaking me, and pointing at me-I cried.  Then I went to Pop's Clam Shack in Alton Bay, New Hampshire, and all was well again.  

Kergie's New Hampshire Tips:

-Crystal Lake-Pittsfield Dam-Berlin town-Johnson's Dairy Farm on Rt. 11-Wear's Beach-Hart's Turkey Farm-Alton Bay-The White Mountains-The library at Gilmanton-Four corners at Gilmanton -Suncook River-Belknap Mountain

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Actually Topher, that particular day, I had, in fact, never ended from the night before. I was in my MAIN office....that is, a campsite at Queen Wilamena State Park. It's awesome-you can camp and burn stuff, and then go into the lodge, and read your book in a big comfy chair; in front of a blazing fireplace.  Then takes ten steps right, and get a GREAT bite to eat.  Paradise.  Bears. Mountains. Tree's.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Reasons why the Rangers will wrap it up tomorrow:-it it goes to seven games, I don't believe the Rangers will win.-Sunday needs to be saved for when the Patriots beat the Cowboys.-I want to go hiking in the Ozarks on Sunday (maybe BBQ a whole chicken in the forest; don't forget to reduce the wood, wrap in foil, and put a rock on top........last time a dang raccoon stole my bird.).-The Kergie baby has enough baseball this week.  The Kergie wife has had enough sports this year with the Cowboys, Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox, and Rangers.  

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Well, aren't you list-y today. List all the reasons the Rangers will definitely wrap things up tomorrow. 

Why in the WORLD would you worry with fat free butter with crab?

THanks for the good laugh on the capsized kayak. I've never noticed people in the waves with kayaks. We went down there last summer and there was a hurricane way south so there actually white caps. Good times. But the seaweed was AWFUL. Next year we'll go later in the year (suppose to be seasonal and clears out in late July).

Yes, that's how you catch crabs here -- well, one way. One red-neck way, anyway. Use a big net and scoop them up after they start chasing the chicken neck. Have to buy a license though. Fo'sho. 

Kergie -- don't ever let people in bahston make you cry again. I would've slapped them with that lobster roll. (then ordered another.)

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