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After living in Brooklyn for quite some time it is definitely starting to feel like home to me. I have my favorite restaurants, coffee shops and watering holes. I must say when it comes to deciding which place should be my go-to to let off steam or grab a cold beer, I usually lean towards a dive bar. The atmosphere is always right up my alley and not the mention the people you meet at dive bars are always fascinating and full of conversation. Quite a while ago I was living in Greenpoint and a new bar opened that prided itself on featuring live music and being a honky tonk in an urban jungle. Named after the country music bassist, Dennis Sanchez, Skinny Dennis was born. I’ve always been a huge advocate for live music and a lover of honky tonks, now a bar finally encompassed all of that while also giving me a place to belt out classic, legendary country songs. Even though Williamsburg has slowly become my least favorite neighborhood in Brooklyn, I will always make the trek over there on my bike to Skinny Dennis. I pride myself on being loyal in all aspects of my life.
A few weeks ago Skinny Dennis had a weekend dedicated to the great Willie Nelson for his 84th birthday. Numerous acts performed and Vinyl Ranch from Texas made an appearance to do some epic DJ’ing. One act in particular, Cale Tyson, was amazing. I have been following him and his music for awhile and seeing him live was incredible. I find it more of a memorable experience seeing artists that I know or discover in an intimate setting like Skinny Dennis rather than at a facility like Madison Square Garden. I feel more of a connection to the music and can easily move back and forth between the bar to keep a beer in hand.
There are so many great bars in Brooklyn, especially out of the Williamsburg neighborhood (yes there’s more to Brooklyn than Williamsburg). One bar in particular that I would suggest visiting though is Skinny Dennis, especially if you love live music, great cheap beer and good company.
Tip: Ask for a ‘Willie’s Frozen Coffee’, no questions asked. You’re welcome!
Throughout my travel profession I have gone through my fair share of suitcases. One always seems to last a few around the world travels and then it begins to deteriorate. At first it didn’t both me because I considered each rip or tear to just be another stamp in my passport. In the end though it just became downright frustrating. For awhile now I have been on the hunt for a new suitcase to be my companion for future adventures. Spending long hours on my computer doing research, reading reviews, and comparing prices I stumbled across the company Away. Not going to lie, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the fact that the founders got their start at Warby Parker. I’ve been a long time fan of Warby Parker and can be seen sporting different glasses of theirs around Brooklyn. Looking more into Away though I was loving the sleek design of the suitcases and been debating whether I should make the transition over to a hardshell suitcase. After quite a few months of pondering I decided to pull the trigger.
Now I can’t attest to whether the suitcase is the be all end all due to the fact that this weekend will be my first trip using it but I guarantee I will update this post on my conclusion. I have to say I already love the suitcase though. Any sort of travel is a favorite of mine but my least favorite aspect of traveling is packing. I detest it actually. However, I found I was thoroughly enjoying myself as I packed for my weekend trip to Napa. The different compartments and options are perfect for packing, especially for someone who has over packing tendencies. Review so far is 5 stars, stay tuned for an updated review once I’m back. For the time being you can catch me on my Instagram enjoying the California sun with a glass of red in hand.