Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy Eid!

Eid Mubarak 
عيد مبارك

Amman's New Moon
With last night's sighting of the new moon, today marks the first day of Eid ul-Fitr, the festivities that conclude Ramadan's fasting. 
I can already feel the city of Amman transforming as people may once again indulge in their morning coffee/tea/cigarettes. 
This is going to be a great month..
Wishing everyone an Eid Mubarak!

Friday, September 3, 2010

BARometrics is on Expat-Blog.com!

It's been a great day for BARometrics!
Expat-blog.com has added BARometrics to their blog directory as well :)

Check it out @ http://www.expat-blog.com/en/blog/middle-east/jordan/barometrics.blogspot.com/

~ BevShots: When Alcohol Meets Art ~

Yes, BARometrics is usually a blog just for reviews, but I couldn't resist sharing this awesome info. 

Whether you're a drinker or not, the guys at BevShots have created a way for all to appreciate alcohol. Who knew that booze could be so beautiful? 

The following are images of different alcohols and cocktails at 1000x magnification.

Dry Martini

Champagne

Whiskey

Vodka

Rosé

Piña Colada
How awesome would it be to decorate a bar/restaurant with these?!
I guess Robert Louis Stevenson wasn't that far off the mark when he said, "wine is bottled poetry."

These are just a few from BevShots' thousands of micrographs. Be sure to check them all out at http://bevshots.com/

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

RAMADAN KAREEM
رمضان كريم


Ramadan has begun and how great it is to be in Jordan during this Holy Month! 
Out of respect, BAROMETRICS will take a break from reviewing bars during this month, and will instead switch to covering restaurants and their Iftar meals. Yummy!
Ramadan Kareem to yourselves and your families!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Murphy's, Amman

MURPHY’S HOUSE OF ROCK: MUSIC IS MY RADAR

THE INITIALS:

LOCATION: Shat al Arab St.
Located on “Jewelry Street,” Um Uthaina, MURPHY’S is strategically situated near both businesses and residences. If you live in the area this makes for a great neighborhood bar, or if you’re making the commute for some bling shopping—for yourself or that special someone—MURPHY’S can help top off your day. 

DECOR: Classic rock.
MURPHY’S decor makes you miss the pre-Auto-Tune days of music, when you could decipher real instruments being played, and when songs were the product of talented musicians. Green and brick walls tastefully lined with rock posters, vinyls, and guitars, a central 360º bar, raised TV screens, and a corner pool table, all come together to make this a comfortable House of Rock.


THE ESSENTIALS:

DRINKS MENU: Diverse.
MURPHY’S might present itself as an Irish bar (Celtic designs on the front door and the typically Irish surname certainly point to this conclusion), but having Amstel rather than Guinness or Kilkenny on tap quickly diminishes this deduction. The selection of alcohol is otherwise varied, and you’re likely to find at least one of your drinks of choice among the plethora of bottles behind the bar.

EXECUTION OF DRINKS: Inebriating.
Not that many people would find this a negative, MURPHY’S drinks pack a serious punch. Whether it’s the bartenders that are pour-happy, or this is a policy of the bar, let’s just say the doses served at MURPHY’S are certainly the most Irish thing about the place.

FOOD MENU & EXECUTION OF FOOD: Bar food.
Offering an array of snacks, salads, sandwiches, and other typical pub grub, unless you’re extraordinary picky, you’re bound to find something on the MURPHY’S menu that satisfies your appetite. MURPHY’S meals are simple and tasty enough, albeit it’s hard to go wrong with deep fried foods.

SERVICE: Slow.
For the large number of staff in proportion to its size, the service at MURPHY’S is slow and inefficient. If you manage to get the attention of one of the many young servers, be prepared to wait for your order. At least in the meantime you can enjoy the music/TVs/pool table/etc.

ENTERTAINMENT: Awesome.
Nietzsche said, “Without music, life would be a mistake,” and MURPHY’S reminds us that good music can transform any bar. Aptly named the House of Rock, MURPHY’S offers a range of rock music from its heyday of the 70s, to the grittier 90s, to the more commercial sounds of the 00s. While if its local talent you’re looking for, MURPHY’S proudly showcases live acts on a regular basis.


THE ADDITIONALS:

PRICE: Standard.
Neither overpriced nor particularly cheap, prices at MURPHY’S fall in line with most Ammani bars. However, show up between 6:00 and 8:00pm daily to receive a post-workday or pre-party-night reward in the form of half-off Happy Hour.


THE OVERALL:

I’m going to be a little biased on this one. If I get to hear the Dave Matthews Band, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam, as well as live local musicians, all in one place, the chances of my being disappointed by anything else are virtually non-existent. Sure the service at MURPHY’S could use a push, and the drinks would be easier to swallow if they weren’t so reminiscent of gasoline, but at the end of the day, when it comes to great music, most things are forgivable.



EDIT:                                                                               
Since this review was posted, I have to say that the Murphys' staff have really upped their game. They've become more attentive, quicker, and are just on the ball overall, making Murphy's that much better. It's great to see positive changes!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Las Tapas, Amman


THE INITIALS:

LOCATION: Central.
Located in Jebal Amman at the charming little Bonita Inn, LAS TAPAS is conveniently located for a post-work drink on your way home, or a pre-party drink on your way out.

DECOR: Think cozy cottage.
The interior of LAS TAPAS is little more than a room with a wooden bar and a few tables and chairs, but its basic style is reminiscent of the local bars of old European villages; the quaint little places that people go to specifically because they have not changed in years. The larger terrace offers up a breezy alternative to the cozy interior, and is perfectly suited for those who want to enjoy a sunny Ammani day.

THE ESSENTIALS:

DRINKS MENU & EXECUTION OF DRINKS: Basic.
LAS TAPAS offers the basic alcohols one would expect to find in a bar: simple long drinks and beers on tap, this is not a place for cocktail enthusiasts or adventurous drinkers. But if you are happy to keep it basic and have a highball drink of choice, LAS TAPAS will do the trick and quench your thirst.

FOOD MENU & EXECUTION OF FOOD: All in the name.
True to its Spanish name, LAS TAPAS offers a selection of snacks, appetizers, and finger-foods to accompany your choice of beverage. Like the venue, LAS TAPAS’ food is simple and unadorned (the majority of which comes fried) but still tasty nonetheless.

SERVICE: Slack.
In proportion to the small size of the place, the service of LAS TAPAS is slow. There are enough employees to go around so the problem is clearly not the lack of hands. However as the venue is petite, personally going up to the bar for self-service is a practical solution.

ENTERTAINMENT: iPod shuffle.
For a Spanish bar, LAS TAPAS’ music does not stay true to form; in one sitting you may hear a range of music from classic rock to early ‘90s hits. But honestly, who’s complaining? The informality of the bar forgives discrepancies in genre.

THE ADDITIONALS:

PRICE: Competitive.
Food and long drinks are reasonably priced, while bottles cost substantially less than most other places in town. Need I say more?

THE OVERALL:

You wouldn’t come to LAS TAPAS looking for a gourmet meal or fabulous cocktails, but if you are interested in a comfortable little place for an easy-going evening of food and drink look no further. The beauty of LAS TAPAS is that it does not attempt to be anything other than it is, a simple bar for an uncomplicated people.