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Notes from the Draft

For this installment we have a hearty brew perfect for the coming chill of winter: Ommegang Abbey Ale. This bold draft is the flagship of Ommegang Brewery, whom says this of their Belgian Ale:
Meditate on this dark ruby elixir. Breathe in its deep emanations of fruit and spice. Is that clove you smell? Licorice? Fig? Sip serenely as revelations of honey, toffee, chocolate and dark dried fruit delight your senses. Can a beer be holy? you wonder, and Where can I get a grail on-line?

Ommegang, our first brew, was inspired by the centuries-old brewing practices of the Belgian Trappist monks. This burgundian brew gives off a variety of aromas, including plum and cinnamon, and packs in flavors such as caramel, toffee, and licorice. At 8.5% abv, it is known to cause spontaneous meditation.
But, these words are worthless when compared to the palettes of our thirsty patrons... so, let's take it to the pro's! We did a taste test at the bar:

"Ripe Banana in the nose" -John

"I Agree, ripe banana... and... coffee and red apple in the body" -Megan

"Baaannnaaaannnaaa.... I got a little, um, dark meat, yeah like minerals" -Dirty Diana

"I don't know... It's kinda yeasty - Yeah, really yeasty. AND, cherry undertones..." -Juli

last but not least... Josh claims, "That's an interesting beer." Well, there you have it. Now, you be the judge. Give Ommegang Abbey a try and be sure to tell us what you think.


Booth available for Ny Eve...

Do you have a thirsty crew of friends coming to town for New Years Eve and still need a place to go? Well, we might have an option for y'all. One of our booths became available for reservation. This is a first-come-first-serve offer for you and NINE of your friends. The reservation includes entry fees for you and your friends, along with front-of-line privileges till 10pm, two bottles of your preferred liquor, a bottle of champagne, and a booth (of course) that seats about five comfortably. The booths will be in a private VIP section so you and yours can do NY Eve proper, with plenty of elbow room.

The cost?... $650

If the booth scenario isn't your style, we still have extra pre-sale tickets available for general entry. The going rate is $15 a person, which includes entertainment - DJ Trevor Young - and a champagne toast.

If you're interested in either offer, forward this email to Nate (nathan@eldoradobar.com) with detailed info about your group.

If you've already got plans - GO HARD!! Unless you plan on taking it easy... GO EASY!! But, regardless of your intentions, have a safe/awesome New Years celebration.

Best wishes,

El Dorado Cocktail Lounge


12.24.08 // OPEN on XMAS eve

hi y'all,

as the title alludes, we'll be open on Xmas eve!

Let's share in holiday cheer, over spiked nog (and some other silly cocktails Nate said he had up his sleeve)... the bottom line is: if you're still in SD, so are we - so, help us celebrate the holiday!


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12.31.08 // New Years Eve, 2008

Soooooooo... We're gonna be bringing in the New Year with some bubbly (of course), and the fine sounds of DJ Trevor Young and friends performing on the tables.

We will likely be at capacity, so If you'd like to guarantee your entry contact Nathan (nathan@eldoradobar.com) for guest list reservations asap. We'll have a $15 cover charge starting at 8pm. The cover includes a champagne toast at midnight and plenty of fun for all.  


12.19.08 // Dj.Rat.Star is in for surgery

hello again!

So, we built a dj booth. For our next trick, we're gonna fill it with a DJ!!! Surprise!

Dj.rat.star will be doin' the do on Friday night (Dec. 19th). Here's a taste of the skills... dude is sic! If you can't make it out, we'll be posting regular updates through twitter... also stay tuned for our flickr and youtube updates from the event. 


12.14.08 // Hayley, Lily, and Karin from Henry's

This sunday we're honored to have three lovely guest bartenders!! Hayley, Lily, and Karin from Henry's Pub! ...You may be wondering: What's so special about these girls? well here's a preview of their fancy footwork!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

It's obvious these girls can shake it... They're also really excited to meet our new friends! so come and help us welcome them on Sunday, from 8p til close. Should be fun!


Bottle Service... El Dorado Style

I don't think El Dorado will ever be (or wants to be) known primarily as a bottle service lounge, but when Doug, one of our loyal patrons, asked if his crew could have a bottle of champagne at their booth I had to think quick.  As soon as I grabbed the bottle out of the cooler, I realized we had no champagne chillers.  I scavenged the back looking for an old tin or something that would fit a bottle... no luck.  I went back out to the bar and bought some time by telling him I'd be right back with the goods. then, over to my right, i noticed an empty tub that we used for beers at our house parties.  Perfect!  I stashed 10 Oly cans neatly (as neatly as an oly could be stashed) around a bottle of Moet and there you have it: Bottle Service, El Dorado Style.  Ha!


12.20.08 // Shark Attack

This should be interesting...

12.20.08 - Shark Attack

Would you like a taste?

no, YOU clap!.mp3 - Shark Attack



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