Monday, April 30, 2012
La La’s Brew House will continue to put music in the spotlight.
Despite being open for less than a year, Beer Goggles built a strong, cult–like following by booking alternative music acts and fostering a neighborhood bar atmosphere. Louis Ward hopes to continue that popularity with his new bar, La La’s Brew House, which recently opened in the same spot in the Plaza de Sunus on Ulmerton Road. “We’re trying to change things up a bit, get a feel for the area," said Ward, who runs the bar with his longtime girlfriend, Michelle Richards. “But we know this has been a home for live music … and we plan on continuing that tradition.“ Ward believes his lengthy experience in the restaurant business and Richards’ extensive music background — she’s a singer who has played in venues across the country for more than…
Monday, November 21, 2011
The popular central Pinellas punk bar has unexpectedly closed its doors.
Mary Kougl had worked at Beer Goggles, the Ulmerton Road watering hole populated by alternative bands and their counterculture-loving fans, since it opened in February. She had graduated from bartender to manager to partial owner in the past nine months, and she and her boyfriend, Dave Simko, worked hard to bring popular music acts to the club, helping turn the place from a smoky daytime dive bar into a nighttime music hot spot. So when Kougl got a call Nov. 1 from co-owner Nick Hall stating the bar was closing, effective immediately, she was shocked, stunned and sad. "Nick texted me on Nov. 1 and said to call him. When I called, he said, 'Come pick up your stuff, we're closing, we're done'," Kougl said in a phone interview. "It was …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Beer Goggles latest creation, Wednesday night's "Bands and Babes" pairs burlesque performers and punk rock acts on one stage.
Beer Goggles latest creation, Wednesday night's "Bands and Babes" pairs burlesque performers and punk rock acts on one stage. The series kicked off with New Port Richey's Press One For English and The Hellcat Burlesque Troupe Oct. 26. Rotating throughout the night, the two groups took turns entertaining the audience from 10 p.m. until closing time. Press One For English provided a pop-punk soundtrack for the evening while ladies dazzled on-lookers with a variety of risque dance numbers. The fast-paced mix proved to be just the right recipe for a Wednesday night in Clearwater. If you go: What: "Bands and Babes" When: 9 p.m. the last Wednesday each month Where: Beer Goggles, 7717 Ulmerton Road Cost: $5
Monday, October 24, 2011
Westbrook, CT's Sadplant brought its skate-punk D.I.Y. ethos to Beer Goggles in Clearwater on Oct. 21.
Sadplant brought its skate-punk D.I.Y. ethos to Beer Goggles in Clearwater Oct. 21. The independent punk rock group from Westbrook, CT's headlined the Friday night gig alongside local favorites Doll Parts and Sons Of The Working Class. Taking the stage around 1 a.m., Sadplant fired through cuts off "The End Of Fun," its latest LP, as well as six other albums worth of material. Sadplant was formed in 2007 and has managed to release seven self produced records over the past four years. Considered by many to be one of the most prolific bands in the genre, Sadplant rarely takes a break from the road and is constantly taking on gigs across the United States. A message on the fully stocked summed up the band's motto perfectly: "We are a DIY band…
Monday, October 10, 2011
Beer Goggle is Largo's underground rock haven. Check these photos from performances by St. Petersburg's metal band The Defiant, Long Island's Dead Superstar, Orlando's Big City Bombers and others.
Beer Goggle is Largo's underground rock haven. Check these photos from performances by St. Petersburg's metal band The Defiant, Long Island's Dead Superstar, Orlando's Big City Bombers and others. The Defiant St. Petersburg's metal purveyors The Defiant brought its hardcore sound to a packed house ready to mosh at Beer Goggles Oct. 7. The Defiant promptly took the stage at midnight as the headlining act and began cranking out huge riffs that owed just as much to metal as it did New York hardcore and punk rock. The audience reacted well to the setlist which included songs including "Demigod," "Hellride," and "The Contract." The group even dedicated the track, "Porn Star" to all the women in the audience. "This one is for the all the girls…
Monday, September 19, 2011
Kadaver Dolls, Progressive Heavy Metal maniacs from North Port, brought their ferocious live show to Beer Goggles Saturday (Sept. 17).
Kadaver Dolls, Progressive Heavy Metal maniacs from North Port, brought their ferocious live show toBeer Goggles Saturday (Sept. 17). They were joined by fellow Florida Metal acts, As Bridges Burn, Barrelhead, Judicator andWavedash Through The Onslaught. Around 11pm, Kadaver Dolls cranked up the volume to blast through 10 songs including "Kemotherapy" and "Tear Me Down." Kadaver Dolls formed in 2009 and are influenced by bands including Pantera and Lamb Of God. They have gained a sound all their own by playing local shows in Florida. They recently recorded an EP at Red Line Studios in Venice with vocalist Andrew Meadows of the group Process Of Death. And an upcoming LP is also on the horizon. Kavader Dolls open up for Huntington Beach, …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wisconsin Pop-Punk trio Jetty Boys made the long voyage to perform Tuesday night at Beer Goggles, which is now considered the hub of the Clearwater punk scene.
Wisconsin Pop-Punk trio Jetty Boys made the long voyage to perform Tuesday night at Beer Goggles, which is now considered the hub of the Clearwater punk scene. Spruce Bringstein, Sharp Females, and Awkward Age kicked the night off with doors opening at 9 p.m. for the show. Jetty Boys took the primetime spot around midnight. "I heard the touring bands needed a show," said Savage Beat promotor Ryan Hemphill. "So I tried to help them out. Plus, you can't go wrong with mid-west pop punk." Jetty Boys ripped through almost an hour of high energy, feel good punk rock with a sound in the same vein as The Riverdales or The Queers. Jetty Boys have their live gig down to a science after playing hundreds of shows over the past five years. Starting …
Friday, August 5, 2011
Miami street punks, Unit Six, brought their southeast mini tour through Beer Goggles Thursday to a packed house that had fans dancing until the end of the night.
Miami street punks, Unit Six, brought their southeast mini tour through Beer Goggles Thursday to a packed house that had fans dancing until the end of the night. The trio's gritty trademark sound was exactly what was expected and greatly appreciated by the punk rockers ready to pogo non-stop. A limited edition 7'' vinyl test press record was for sale at the merchandise booth along with T-shirts and CDs. Only 30 copies of the new record "Infection" were for sale on the tour and were expected to sell out as soon as they hit the table. Doors opened early for the show at 7 p.m. with over five bands on the bill including Dead Cat Lounge, Press One For English, The Free Market Anarchists, The Scurvy, and Hell-Bent. Headliners Unit Six didn't …
Monday, July 11, 2011
Pop punkster's Press 1 For English headlined Beer Goggles "Drink-A-Thon" Saturday which featured a $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon special.
Pop punkster's Press 1 For English headlined Beer Goggles "Drink-A-Thon" Saturday which featured a $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon special. Press 1 For English plugged in their equipment and started playing their set of pop punk ditties just before midnight. It took a few songs, but the dance floor soon turned into a raging circle pit with pitchers of beer being sloshed in every direction. Along with Press 1 For English, three other punk and hardcore bands performed at the "Drink-A-Thon." St. Petersburg group, Gonad Rehab, took the opening time slot and thrashed hard from start to finish. Sons of the Working Class and The Destroid brought a street punk finish to the evening. According to the band's social media websites, "Press One For English is the…
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This new bar offers a space and light to newfound regulars.
The term “beer goggles” refers to the mutual attraction between two inebriated drinkers whose co-mingling was dependent upon the influence of alcohol. The mere fact that the unofficial phrase exists demonstrates how spirits can bring people together. The newly opened bar, who takes its name from this phenomenon, hopes to establish a similar level of bonhomie. Located in a storefront at the intersection of Belcher and Ulmerton roads, Beer Goggles is a community bar with a cadre of regulars, despite opening last month. This is due to the fact that Beer Goggles’ locale has featured one bar or another for the past seventeen years. “The regulars have adopted us as their home,” explained co-owner George Boyer. Boyer, and his business partner …