The Bar: Nick’s
The Address 124 Millbury Street
The Day and the Time Sunday at 7
The price 8
Did they ask me if I wanted a lime He did, that Bartender Brian, he is such a joker
What was the type of gin I don’t know. I don’t care. Its gin and its tonic. Its a flavor sensation
What was the gin and tonic like It was great. It was the best gin and tonic in the world because its the last one of 144 on the tour I just took around Worcester and to have it end in the bar I love best, the bar I call mine, it could not be any sweeter.
It’s funny. So many times on this tour, I would come here and complain or at least kvetch about the bars I had just been to, so throughout this whole process, Nick’s has been the olly olly oxen free homebase. I never had a gin and tonic when visiting however. Just beer and whisky, like any true drinker should. I left the gin and tonics for the tour (kept it at the office if you will.). You find a place where they accept you and the stool feels good underneath you and the jukebox is good and you even like it when its absolutely silent, you have to respect that. Nick’s is unique because of TCM playing old movies and the German paintings and the dark wood. It works for me. I like the bartenders. I like the pride they take in the drinks they pour. I like how after my first time at Nick’s I knew that this was the place I was looking for.
The Story: For this last stop on the tour I invited people to join me. I had my drink on the stage, read a few pieces from the blog and answered questions. I had over 10 people join me for this, and its great because going bar to bar got pretty lonely, The questions were fun and smart. They asked how excited my wife is for this being over (she’s pretty stoked). One asked if I cared for gin and tonics at all by the end. The answer is, is that I am done with this drink. I have tapped that well. Another question was , have i returned to any of the bars I went to on the tour and actually, no, I went to Vintage Grill once more, but that was for the food and not for drinks (i liked it by the way). I was asked what was a surprise to me, and I mentioned Picollos being a great surprise as a bar, but mostly I talked about how surprisingly welcoming almost all of the bars were: from Cisero’s to Muse to scores more. I only had a handful of bad experiences, but even those places, I was welcome there. There was only one or two places I was truly not welcome (I’m looking at you Grey Hound Pub, and I am not sorry that it is out of business). I was surprised by how after 18 months and 144 bars, I was still excited about the next place that I never knew existed. I am happy it is over. I am happy to be done. I am not going to continue you this with another drink or food item. I am done. But I am happy to have done it.
But I would love someone else to discover Worcester by going to every (fill in the blank). Or if you live in another city, and you want to get to understand it, to feel connected to it, go to every bar, and get a gin and tonic.
I said all these things at Nick’s last night, on stage, drinking a gin and tonic. I am so happy to have done it there. I love that place. I love that the doors are open for me to sit down and get a drink, any drink.
I think there may be one or two more posts, I will do a superlatives list and my friend T wants to make me a really good gin and tonic and I will write that up, and then this blog will be dormant.