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Saturday, March 25, 2006

New York Social Scene: Trailer Trash Thursday at Doc Holliday’s 

Give me a bar over a club anytime, anywhere. And give me a good dive bar over any other kind, too. They’re the barest, most honest, most modest, and thus most human of all drinking establishments.

For these reasons, of course, they receive little attention in the mainstream snob media, and especially from the dying print and electronic varieties. These dumps may be as primitive, raggedy, and even unclean as can be, but their center of media attention is as high tech as it gets.

I first learned of the weekly Trailer Trash Thursday parties at Doc Holliday’s Bar in New York's East Village online, and specifically through MySpace.com. They are hosted by Alyssa, a perfect choice for such an endeavor.

This bar has already deservedly been recognized by one print outlet as being the best dive bar in America. Now it has added a raucous weekly theme party with this description:

Cheap Booze! Cheaper Women!
(Hillbilly attire suggestted!!)
Most Redneck Tattoo Contest @ 12 midnight (for a $20 bar tab!)
Free Weiners, Tater Tots, & Alyssa's 7 Layer Bean Dip (u luv it!)
*** I heard a rumor of some chili con queso!
$2 PBRS, Bucsh, & Natty Lite cans
$10 pitchers of Budlite & Docs Amber Ale
We now have ROOTBEER & ORANGE SODA on the gun to make your fancy white trash drinks even more.... white trash.
* Starting next week, we'll be doing a King/Queen of The Trailer Park.... with prizes (yet to be decided) Be ready!

Needless to say I had a blast, just as any red-blooded or -necked person should. I do not live close to Doc’s, and cannot get there as much as I would like to, but this was part of my birthday week celebration, so it went to the top of my social calendar. (OK, so it was the only entry, sue me!)

Among the attendees at this Thursday’s bash were a host of MySpace members: Honky Tonk Angel, champagne cupcake, DevilDollDeSoto, red emi, Big Steve, me, and some other folks whose addresses I didn’t get.

Surprisingly, there were quite a few folks there who were not familiar with that surefire Oscar winner, Larry the Cable Guy. Again we see the damage caused by the insane absence of a country radio station in New York. If so many of these fine folks are not familiar with the Git-R-Done man, who will be here? The Philharmonic crowd?

But there is some hope. Our old pal Kevin Fitzpatrick – also a recent MySpace.com joinee – has just begun reinvigorating the New York City Bartenders & Patrons web site. He has been updating a blog there.

The site’s forums are still being revamped. But now perhaps the news from the one of the most important sectors of New York’s underground social scene, the dive bars, can blossom forth again, like the oases of culture and humanity in the intellectual and cold desert of New York nightlife which they are.

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