Of late, drinking at work has been universally frowned upon, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out that forbidding someone's imbibing will usher in Great Depression. Get your boozy business done at the Bull & Bear, opening Thursday
Made happy-hour classy with dark wood and exposed brick, the latest from the Stone Lotus guys is part sports bar, part biz-bar, with free wi-fi, plus a king's ransom of flatscreens, a 10-foot HD projector, and 40 feet of "stock tickers", all flashing financial, sports, and entertainment news. The theme extends to the 12 specialty cocktails (e.g., the "Broker's Breakfast" Bloody Mary, and the Knob Creek & Calvados "Sucker Punch"); meanwhile, there are nine taps (Goose Island, Guinness, Hoegaarden, etc), with a rotating selection available at five reservable "Table Tap" booths where a computerized system lets you pay for brews by the ounce (goddamn it! what the hell have you done with my cocaine joke!). "The Wells Street Journal" is B&B's menu of elevated bar fare, featuring the likes of double-cut grilled pork chops, organic chicken wings, truffled mac & cheese, and seven sliders, from American Kobe, to the seared shaved rib-eye "Little Philly", to Italian meatball, to the piggish "Pulled Hammy", the Donte' Stallworth of bite-sized sandwiches.
In the spirit of deal-making, they offer a free, never-expiring "Players Club" card giving 10% credit for every $500 spent, and a monthly "Mug Club" where $50 gets you your own mug (stored on site), unlimited $2 drafts, and a logo pasted Buckeye-style to your drinking vessel with every beer ordered -- because while "profitability" might benefit from out-of-the-box shenanigans, the balance sheet of manhood should be represented by cold, hard...stickers.