Fools Gold

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I used to love fools gold as a kid. I’m clever, so, I realized it wasn’t real, but still, the look of it was pretty awesome, and, I felt cool owning it. Now that I’m older, well, I still kind of like it. But, when I heard of a bar opening with the same name sake, well, I had to check it out. So, I went to Fools Gold on the Lower East Side. 

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This rustic and wooden clad, keg adorned bar offers about 30 beers on draft and a food menu with snacks and entrees. I went for happy hour, where you can get $5 beers, wines, whiskey, and $1 oysters. 

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I grabbed a glass of RoséIt was pretty delightful, crisp, and for $5, no complaints here. 

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Then, you always need a little bit of a snack to go with some drinks. So, I had some of their Popcorn with Truffle Oil. A tad bit on the oily side, but the flavor was awesome. Popcorn really is, like, the perfect snack. 

The Shorts:
Name: Fools Gold
Location: 145 East Houston Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the vibes here are really laid back, and you can score a great happy hour without feeling like you’re in a grimy dive. 
Would I recommend it? For sure, especially if you’re a beer drinker, there are lots of options to choose from. 

Tom and Jerry’s

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Happy Hour is a term that’s been diluted, especially in NYC. Instead of a drink special, it’s just become a time to start drinking early. But, fear not, there are still places around town where you can snag yourself some HH specials. Tom and Jerry’s is a great dive bar in NoHo where you can grab $5 drinks.

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Beer, wine and well drinks are all included in their HH, but you can also check out their wall menu full of fun and tasty cocktails and martinis. 

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Tables are a hot commodity there, so get there early if you want to get one, or, just awkwardly hover over people who look like they’re about to finish up soon so you can scoop theirs up. The walls are covered with moose and other wild life heads. Here’s the big guy above our table. 

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I went for one of my favorite beverages, a Jalapeño Margarita. And, it was a good one. 

The Shorts:
Name: Tom and Jerry’s
Location: 288 Elizabeth Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, I have an unfinished conversation to wrap up with that moose head.
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s a bar where anyone and everyone is welcome.