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you could do it right the first time but why would you? – VENUE CHANGE!

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Go to Americano (Mission/Embarcadero). You can be late, a little later than 5:11.

Nostalgic and historic Chaya is not availalbe until 6 PM tonight. Cigar Bar is ON!

Lotsa love,

Big Red.


When I was a child…

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
I bet you are thinking – Oh, really? Pink? After all this time?… Or you might sigh with relief and shed a tear, whispering – I thought you were.. dead. Or you may ask yourself – How do I work this?.. And – Where is that large automobile?.. But most would probably experience a  general sense of confusion, likely attributed to coming to terms with the banality of everyday life or overextended comfortable numbness… without Puff’n'sip! And those of you without any care for old people’s music, which we call classics, might not have even made it this far into the paragraph and resolved to a solid  WTF? assessment. 
But hold on -
this week’s Puff’n'sip is on!  We are back with Puff’n'sip Classic – just what the doctor warned you of.
We kick off @
5:11 PM from Chaya Brasserie, 132 Embarcadero @ Howard
and stroll down memory lane by
7:13 PM to Cigar Bar and Grill, 850 Montgomery @ Jackson
One note, though – this is a special, rare (no kidding!) Puff’n'sip. We are rolling it out one more time, to be placed on an honorable Reserve status. What’s that, you ask? Good question! It’s the very top shelf, baby, up there in full view, yet not reachable without a stretch. Yes, it’s time to put away childish things… Oh, whom am I kidding! Just don’t have the time and stamina for our beloved weekly Puff’n'sip. But we’ll roll it out again, sometime on a very special occasion.
But this week we shall strike a classic – Puff’n'sip as the child intended. Come early for the slide show. And later AF will share his puff’n'sip scars…
And fear not for your merriment opportunities! Oh, we shall crawl! Again and again – get ready for the 9th Annual Bad Bunny Pub Crawl coming to you on April 11th!
Lots of love,
Big Red.

7th Annual Bad Bunny Pub Hop

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

A plague of feral bunnies

Grab some ears, pin on a tail and bring a carrot. It’s bunny time!

The 7th Annual Bad Bunny Pub Hop is this Friday, March 30th

4:30 – 5:45 PM  Cafe Prague (424 Merchant St) – If you manage to find this place, you’ve earned your first drink! It’s just beer and wine here, but you’ll thank us later.

5:55 – 7:00 PM  Bubble Lounge (714 Montgomery) – We’ll be here before the bridge-and-tunnel crowd has a chance to preen themselves, and start their weekly invasion of North Beach

7:15 – 8:50 PM  Monroe (473 Broadway) – Monroe says they’re going to open early, just for us! At 7 PM! Wow they must sleep late. DJ and dancing here.

9:00 – 10:00 PM  Sip Bar and Lounge (787 Broadway) – None of us can remember much about this place from last year, so we’re going to try again!

10:15 PM till ??? EZ-5 (684 Commercial St) – Another hidden SF treasure and our favorite place to land after a long night. DJ, dancing, Ms PacMan, and Patron on tap.

We will be raising money to support the Blind Babies Foundation. Bring some extra cash for the donation basket.

Google Map of the crawl route.

Facebook invite

The Bunny Crew

i know just the best way to kick it…

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In – and by ‘it’, I obviously mean the new year with its pounding guilt and pressure to overpromise. And for all of you trying hard to line up, and often document, all the goodness you are to do for yourself and hopefully for others in the incoming 2-0-1-2, I have some words of advice:

-do it all before the world ends. All the goodness is merely a sentimental notion after that.

-make it a learning and introspective exercise. There is no good without bad, it is all about eternal flow, about elevating spiral of inner knowledge, and clarity of  motives. Find it in you, recognize and study it – the bad. And good would be so much more… gooder.

I can see you rolling your eyes, thinking – another diet advice that no-one could ever follow. Not so! –  we have a simple and true recipe anyone can follow. And it works better as a team – bring you friends and family, if they are fun, along!

It starts with Bad Santa Pub Crawl this Friday, December 16, 2011 @ precisely 4:21 PM!!

Did that get your attention – read on! Find us on Facebook!

Lots of love and holiday joy,

Big Red.

naughty or nice? really?..

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I could spend days on reciting my concerns with how deeply guilt and fear of punishment is entrenched in our upbringing, when even a jolly, seemingly good-natured, gloriously aged, ready-to-share-a-coke-with-you stranger keeps a list of all of your wrong-doings. A list that he never cares, by the way, to share or discuss, or invites appeal. And we all know that there is a plenty of naughty done for a good cause – plenty, I tell you!.. So, I will not. Instead, I will charge you to stand up to the old man and prove to him that naughty is nice –

Join us for 6th Annual Bad Santa Pub Crawl!  It is sure to take place on December 16, 2011. Starting @ 4:21 PM and going on until, well, we’ll see. More details below!

Importantly, we will be offering Santa embellishments that you can own, with all proceeds heading straight to

Jacob’s Heart, Children’s Cancer Support Services.

“Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services mission is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and support their families in the challenges they face.

Jacob’s Heart provides emotional, social and financial assistance to children with cancer and their families.

We are a local, one-of-kind grassroots organization. Our support services extend to families with children under 18 diagnosed with cancer within the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and South Santa Clara.”

So uncork your cheer and forward this email to “The North Pole” along with 10 of your closest friends. It’s a guaranteed deal!

6th Annual Bad Santa Pub Crawl Official Route

December 16, 2011

4:21 PM – 83 Proof, 83 First Street (@ Mission)

6:14 PM – Otis Lounge, 25 Maiden Lane (@ Kearny)

7:31 PM – Union Square, Carols

7:47 PM – Gold Dust Lounge, 247 Powell Street (@ Geary)

9:03 PM – The Ambassador, 673 Geary (@ Leavenworth)

10:11 PM – Ace’s Bar, 998 Sutter (@ Hyde)

11:17 PM – R-Bar, 1176 Sutter (@ Polk)

Lotsa love!

Puff’n'sip Bad Santa Pub Crawl Committee

Do I have to remind you?..

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Pirates in Grass Skirts is coming due this Friday. You will definitely feel worse about yourself if you don’t go.


On weathering life’s storms and other curveballs

Monday, October 17th, 2011

I have to start with re-assurances: contrary to anything you might have heard, thought, or thought to have figured out, Puff’n’sip is doing alright. Just the mere fact that it is doing, is quite alright. And the fact that is it Puff’n’sip makes it plenty perfect. Yes it’s seemingly undetectable, or enigmatic if you chose, but none the less it’s here. Like the mysterious Flying Dutchman, or Black Pearl for you Disney educated folk, Puff’n’sip pops out of nowhere – stately, fantastical, and hardly comprehensible – but, unlike the formerly mentioned dread, it’s always a good thing. It’s as if Santa Claus was a pirate but instead of pillaging your ship and other bad stuff, bestowed upon you a handsome pirate booty. But, wait, let’s not go their yet – let’s stick with pirates. And here is why –

 The Pirates in Grass Skirts (aka Tiki) Pub Crawl is coming at you tshi Friday, October 21, 2011

4:00 PM – 83 Proof, 83 First Street (@ Mission)

5:01 PM – John Colins, 138 Minna (@ New Mongomery)

6:45 PM – Murphy’s, 217 Kearny (@ Bush)  – L&L Hawaiian BBQ (optional food stop)

8:15 PM – EZ5, 682 Commercial (@ Kearny)

9:45  PM – Bamboo Hut, 479 Broadway (@ Kearny)

11:00 PM – Hawaii West, 729 Vallejo (@ Stockton)

..…loop back to EZ5 if you still have your wooden leg! 


Puff’n'sip Pub Crawl Committee

and boom! – just like that…

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

…your stocking is stuffed, and the other one is missing altogether. Spilled milk and crushed cookies everywhere. Sweet-ish reek of cheap bourbon and cigarettes, reminiscent of someone else’s grandpa. Stubborn jingle that seems to contain only two lines and no meaning. And you feel… giddy! “Yes! – you say, – It’s here! Tis the season!” And you are right! –

The VI Annual Bad Santa Pub Crawl is here!!!

It will take place this Friday,  December 10, 2010 at approximately 4:27 PM @  83 Proof. See detailed itinerary below.

What you need

  • Santa, elf, or reindeer apparel. Bunnies, pirates, and penguins do not live on the North Pole. Beluga whales are OK.
  • Santa-fication gear (to make others into Santas!)
  • Toys and gifts (naughty and nice)
  • Comfortable shoes. Santa left his sleigh at the North Pole — you gotta walk.

 We will have some suits and hats that you will be able to purchase in support of a charitable cause, but do come early!

 Where you want to be

 4:27 to 5:3683 Proof, 83 First Street (@ Mission Street)

 5:48 to 7:07Irish Bank, 10 Mark Lane (off Bush Street)

 7:16 to 7:44Union Square Christmas Tree (Yes, on Union Square)

 8:00 to 9:15 - Gold Dust Lounge, 247 Powell (@ Geary Street)

 9:29 to 11:01Ambassador, 673 Geary (@ Leavenworth Street)

 11:07 to Close – Aces, 998 Sutter (@ Hyde Street)


  • Everyone is welcome. No way this is a sponsored event.
  • We are not real Santas. We just wear the hat.
  • We are professionals. When drinking, please KIT – “keep it together”

Lots love and holiday cheer!

Puff’n'sip Special Pub Crawl Committee

you better not cry…

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I could go on-n-on and wax prosaic with jingles, and bells, and ho-ho-ho’s, and pagan myths, and commercialization, and consumerism.. but I am sure that’s not what you want to hear. So here, I am to let you know that it’s all true, it will happen again, and the shiny pointy already dead tree in the Union Square is a sure sign that…

 The VI Annual Bad Santa Pub Crawl is headed for you!

It will commence on December 10, 2010 as early as 4:32 PM directly from 83 Proof (83 First Street).  So go ahead, shake wrinkles and bit off your red trousers and wash that Santa hat this weekend, and call up your friends, and be prepared, and we will see you there!

I know you are all excited and want to hear more. Hold it! The specially formed Puff’n’sip Pub Crawl Committee is working out all the details and will be back to you shortly.

We’ll have times, places, and charities mapped out for you. We will be offering get ups and disguises for a moderate price to benefit those who should be benefited.  We’ll be singing traditional songs with not-so traditional gusto. We will have great time! You just need to show up.

Lotsa love, 

Bad Santa Pub Crawl Committee.

on counting sheep and fleeting time

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

First of all, it does not work. At all. And it’s not because I am a perfectionist, and demand a fairly well articulated appearance. Or because I am a seeker of truth, and try to engage them in a frank conversation – which kept the total of sheep at a steady 2. But because the entire exercise is so deeply existential in nature, and, hence, cannot be solved.  To sleep, perchance to dream, escape from reality, anticipation of non-being – actually more like wasting being time on presuming non-being – and all at expense of very lovely, fluffy critters. And they are lovely if you get to talk to them for any significant length of time.

That brings us to the second of all, which I need to make short due to the lack of time, and which can be summed up as –  our experience with time is all our fault. We beat, waste, and throw it away. Some even go as far as to deny its existence. Truth of the matter is —  time is helpful. Things change, and time keeps track; people change, and time heals.  But change is the one and only lesson, it’s just not as evident when you are counting sheep.

But to the point, today’s, July 21, 2010 Puff’n’sip is on! Tonight is Brown LQ Puff’n’sip. What the..?!! – you ask. Read on! – I answer.

Brown LQ night will include:

-a flight of selected bourbons

-a flight of selected rum

-a flight of selected scotches

Selection would change with time (we’ll work on constantly improving those), but should provide you with an excellent gateway to the delightful world of brown liquor.  NOTE: Brown LQ night is in NO way is aiming at  limiting your choices. Drink whatever you want. Really.

But come and join us @

5:33 PM @ Cigar Bar & Grill, 850 Montgomery (@ Jackson)

Lots of love,

Big Red.