Thursday, February 19, 2015

WINTER'S HAPPIEST HOUR

When in this neck of the wood, one of the best kept secrets to us locals here is at 8 1/2 Coryell Street in Lambertville. And if I might be honest, one of my favorite winter time haunts.

 
As you may know,  the Mistress becomes a bit of a recluse in the winter, tending to cocoon in my marabou feather gown in the cold temps, but come Thursdays, my lovely dilettante friend and I , more than not, meet at the very hidden away Boat House for a very happy hour! Even when tourist find out about it, they still can't quite seem to find it. And today was no exception. With the temps falling fast again, around 10 and high winds, it was time to have my arm twisted for one of my favorite winter libations......
 
 
Warmed Espresso Martini. Like warming nectar of the Gods!!!!! Make no assumptions based upon the masthead either. It would be foolish for anyone to quantify through some formula of critical analysis the merits of a great tavern. Such an endeavor would be like rating the ability of the great houses of worship to fuel man's spiritual aspirations.The delightful bar is graced with a beautiful patina, old world bar tends, and many maritime and nautical memorabilia. All cocktails are delivered to you by way of server on a antique silver tray.
 
 
No need to worry here. the Mistress has regular room facilities here.

 
The most coveted perches are in the loft, with views outside, and a  iron wood burning stove to warm by.....
 
Food is not served at the Boat House. While some might consider this a drawback, I quite frankly find it refreshing not to have the somewhat frenetic aspects and scents of food service competing with the libation ritual. For those who insist on solid sustenance, there are many excellent eateries within walking distance. But in my opinion, food would only take up space from these delicious martinis.
 
 
When the Lad lived here, I would stay at his place on weekends in the winter, and we would often head there in snow storms. Words couldn't capture the beautiful moment, watching the snow fall,the Lad, candlelight, wonderful libations, a eclectic,quaint setting.... all conspiring to make an evening of enchantment!!So it was another wonderful happy hour in the winter tonight. Captured these last shots of the canal before driver came round to get me home.......
 
 
Ahhhhhh, I do love my espresso martini at the end of the day......just about as much as the ones I have in the morning!
 

38 comments:

  1. these temps are enough to cause blue balls! keep the vitals warm, mistress, any way you can!

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    1. That's one thing that never gets cold on him.....no worries.

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    2. Like we have to worry about that.

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  2. I do not remember this stop last summer. (Hush to the peanut gallery about what I remember.) Does this mean that I now have to make a winter visit?

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    1. I could still smell you in there.....your windsong stayed on my mind.

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    2. OK. Now o remember the place. Our first stop in Lambertsvulle. I still remember the old school bartender. I'm thinking I had gimlets. See? I do remember having at least a couple of drinks there.
      Oh and you know I don't wear Wind Song. The fragrance is Coco.
      And now I'm returning to watching Ab Fab so that I can oontinue studying Eddy

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  3. What a,charming place!!!! I sure could have used some of those libations this week. Lovely place and pictures.

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  4. What an eclectic place this is! I just want to go there now and down some of those wonderful martinis. And as for "street girls bringing in sailors" well, we all need a winter warmer, don't we, and sometimes a tableful of martinis is just not enough to satisfy a girl's frigid areas.

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    1. I will have them reserve you a room too. And those frigid parts.

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  5. Gosh, I felt all warm and cozy--and wee bit tipsy--just looking at the pictures.

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    1. If your a coffee lover, you will love these!!!!

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  6. So lovely......and after Thursday the happy hour continues all week with you.

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    1. I thought that happy hour was a daily thing. I know of a bar here that has daily happy hour specials. Oooo. It has been some time since I've had one of their ginger cosmos...

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    2. It just all blends together...............

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    3. Isn't that the point of happy hour? Making it all blend together?

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  7. I absolutely love the look of this place. Those out of way places are the best kept secrets. I say wear the marabou gown for happy hour too.

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  8. Oh my, we will be in Lambertville tonight....i need to tell William we need to take action after dinner and head to the Boat House for after dinner cordials. I find that place so charming and the bar tenders are phenomenal.

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    1. Nice to see some old world Prohibition bar tends making things nice and neat.

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  9. I sure could use a trip there right now. What a great little public house. LOVE the sign. You take alot of sailors there do you?

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  10. This place had me at the first picture!!!! Utterly charming. Pub and town

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  11. I wish we had a place like that around here. I'd be there at least once a week for the same reasons.

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  12. What a beautiful spot to enjoy the season and martinis all whole warm your cockles.

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    1. I have always been multi-tasking, how did you know?

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  13. Cool place! The martinis look excellent, but I find it hard to believe you would bring sailors in. You?

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  14. You have wonderful places and ideas for staying warm! I love places like that are so cozy and intimate. I can only imagine how yummy that martini was. :)

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    1. Amanda, if I was home, I could drink these all night.

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  15. If we come out we would love to meet you for drinks there. That place looks amazing. Last time, we tired to find it to no avail.

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    1. You must find it. Fantastic libations.

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    2. Dagny only says this because she is a rare bloodhound, award winning..... who can sniff out even the most hidden of bars and public houses.

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    3. If they are serving up good hooch, then I am there.
      Damn. I am really Parsy, aren't I? I'm going to need at least a couple of drinks to deal with this realuzation

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  16. Oooooooooh yes, your my kind of people!!!!! Lovely post!

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  17. So warm and cozy... and romantic.;-)

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    1. Shame you aren't closer... you and hubby could get lost their for your anniversary.

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  18. What a delightful little place! It looks like a wonderful escape.

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    1. Well cutie, you bring one of your famous cakes, and the drinks are on me.

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  19. "but come Thursdays, my lovely dilettante friend and I , more than not, meet at the very hidden away Boat House for a very happy hour!"

    I thought this was going to be a piece about a secret tryst where you regularly get serviced by a special someone.

    Oh well, I enjoyed the cocktail story too.

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    1. I take that your wanting one of my other "cock-a-tail" stories before bed?

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