Boozin' at the Only Blue Collar Bar in Brea

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I've spent many a night at the Shady Nook just being nasty. I've hung out in the alley behind the bar, knocking back flasks of Wild Turkey bought at the neighboring liquor store. I've tucked small bottles of El Jimador into my purse to later shoot in the bathroom. Even my friend's parents get into the mix, smuggling in shooters of Jack Daniel and stealthily pouring them into the sodas they order.

Sorry, Jeff the Owner. We did this not because we're cheap (the Nook is incredibly affordable), but because it only sold beer, soju and a modest, no-thanks selection of wine. But my friends and I still went there because it brings actual workingman culture to Stepford Brea with karaoke, darts, Big Buck Hunter, an Internet jukebox, pool tables and tables from which we can watch the Ducks game. We'd wind up there after family Christmas festivities, after shows or just because there wasn't shit else to do in Brea that night.

But now, the Nook has a liquor license! I first heard murmurings of this momentous development around the beginning of the year, and it was finally true in late March. Time for a non-cheating visit! Since it was new to the alcohol game, I went in not really expecting the bartenders to have mastered the art of cocktails, considering they'd more or less just pulled tap handles or flicked open beer bottles for years.

And I was right.

I decided to test the bartender with a peach martini. No offense to the lovely, crimson-haired Stacey, but it just didn't work: a dry, bitter mix of peach Absolut and vermouth. She was kind enough to try again, this time with a sweet vermouth that turned it into a semi-spicy concoction--better, but I never would have guessed it was a peach martini. Stacey says the bar is attracting a younger crowd, and new faces are starting to come in, but she vows its lumpen ambiance will remain. A signature cocktail list is imminent after bartender training, but for now, I'd stick to straight shots and beer.

Some ups about the Nook: There's always a very friendly crowd. It offers more than just a pool table for entertainment, and you'll always see patrons doing more than staring into their drinks. Credit cards are accepted, and you can order pizza from next door and enjoy it right there in the bar.

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Justinsking
Justinsking

Hilarious,

From the "Blue Collar line"  to the "FOXFIRE" reference.

Brea, the land of adult children living at home, hosts a neighborhood bar, where the reviewer "snuck into the alley" ie. DEVELOPED APRTMENT COMPLEX to smoke dope and sneak shots. Classy Broad, likely "cuter than the rest". Fear not there is always Fridays, and Claim jumper for this trendy vixen (and her friends parents....errI mean landlords....uhhh both.

The best Shady Nook days are when those when David and Louie, the GODFATHERS of East LA Rock hang for a beer or during the winter when former Angels coach and current Tampa bay ray coach Madden, slams tall Hef's.

If your looking for the Kardashian's look elsewhere Taylor

TaylorHamby
TaylorHamby moderator communitymanager

@Justinsking Certainly didn't smoke dope (though I've seen dozens do so in the parking lot), didn't break in to any apartment complex. And if I saw the Kardashians in any establishment I would pivot and walk right back out. Though you're spot on the with adult children bit.

Thanks for reading though, love. 

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