“If you could shower at Esca, why would you ever leave?” —Jacob Masters ’15
Ever since the Nest, the go-to Wednesday Bar Night spot of past years, closed, we’ve been curious about the Middletown bar scene. While Corner Pocket emerged as the popular new bar night spot, there are many different bar and happy hour options, all with different vibes and not confined to a Wednesday night. So a few of the 21+’ers on the Wesleying Staff (kg, Samira, Astag_rocky) decided to do some investigative research on the Mtown bar options, especially since there have been a surge of complaints about an apparent dip in the Wesleyan Night Life. Don’t say we’ve never done anything for you.
Each bar or restaurant is rated on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being the best), on experience, price, and “familiarity with Wes students” (meaning how prepared the place would be for the onslaught of college kids). We tried to find Celtic Cavern but were unfortunately too drunk to do so. We were also hoping to go to Gatekeeper’s solely because of this Yelp review: “5 of Americas most wanted criminals are usually seated at the bar and there’s a bevy of lovely $10 hookers outside the front door…what more could you want?,” but it’s closed. And… RIP Shadow Room. We hardly knew ye.
Disclaimer: Most of this adventure happened over a two-day period and we’ve certainly missed some places with cool bar scenes. If you have suggestions, please comment with them so that others can check them out!
You’re probably stuffed full after beccahope’s list of Middletown Eateries, but that was only Part One. Only amateurs stop eating after Part One, because obviously Part Two is more delicious and has funnier pictures. By the time this list is done with you, you’re going to be an expert on Middletown, CT’s wonderful array of om nom nommeries. Check out the glorious Part Two after the jump!
Photoshop magic by Matt Adelman ’13, my personal Photoshop assistant since 2007.
Attention, Wellesleyan. On the off chance you haven’t noticed, there’s approximately a mega-shit-ton of snow on the ground right now, and you’re frantically trying to figure out what to do with it. Go skiing on Foss? Turn
Usdan WesWings trays into sleds? Stay in your room and Instagram luscious storm porn?
As Nemo the Blizzard keeps on trucking, we’ve got a solution. We’re formally inviting all students to build snow sculptures of Michael Roth ’78 on Andrus Field and send us photo evidence at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org. Please put “Roth à la Neige” in the subject line of your submission and include a few images of your magnum opus. We’ll reward the student or team of students who makes the best snow sculpture of Roth with a $25 gift certificate to La Boca, a personalized letter of congratulations typed on my personal Olympia Werke Ag. Wilhelmshaven typewriter (yes, really), and a public commendation on this here blog. The second-place winner will be personally serenaded by esteemed storyteller Brendan O’Donnell ’14 in the (on-campus) location of your choosing. This is not a joke.
Lastly, full disclosure that I shamelessly stole this idea from the Government and American Studies departments at Skidmore, where my brother goes to school. I simply substituted Abraham Lincoln for Michael Roth, because they are in most cases interchangeable.
Main Street’s La Boca invites you to eat a shitload of tacos next week and possibly win $200:
Hope you’re hungry! La Boca’s First Annual Taco Eating contest! Preliminary on Wednesday, Nov 14th from 7-10 pm. Finals on Friday Nov 16th from 8-9pm. All participants must fill out and submit the sign up sheet to La Boca (find it on the La Boca website here). Sign up sheets are also available at La Boca’s front desk. $200 cash prize for the winner who eats the most!
Date: November 14, 2012
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Place: 337 Main Street
Cost: $20 to participate, free to watch
This notice from Brian Papish ’10:
May 5th is the last day of classes. It is also bar night. It is a regional holiday in Mexico commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is also Sarice’s birthday.
To celebrate all these impressive milestones, Orquesta Fiebre and La Boca have teamed up to bring you an evening of margaritas and salsa–and yes, we know salsa isn’t Mexican, but it IS hot. Come for dinner and hear the Latin jazz rhythm section from 6-8, or the main event with the full 31-piece orchestra from 9-12:30. It will be hot hot hot!
Date: May 5th
Time: 9 PM
Place: La Boca
Also: It’s 21+, sorry!
Fuel yourself for finals with some Mexican food and benefit a volunteer trip:
This spring break, we will be traveling to Nicaragua to build an irrigation system for a cooperative in a rural community and study issues of international development. We are trying to fundraise as much as possible since the cost of the trip includes a grant to the partner organization in Nicaragua.
We will be volunteering through American Jewish World Service which is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality.
La Boca has generously offered to donate a portion of their profits from the night of Monday, the 14th, to our trip. We would really appreciate your support by eating there. Make sure to mention you are affiliated with Wesleyan.
Date: Monday, December 14th
Place: La Boca – 520 Main Street
Remember to mention you are from Wesleyan
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tequila shots and Wesleyan’s premier 843-piece salsa band.
Date: Tuesday, May 5
Time: 10:00 PM
Place: La Boca