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Ann Arbor chapter of "Drinking Liberally" kick-off tomorrow

31. August 2005 • Murph
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Engineering Graduate Student John Redmond has registered an Ann Arbor chapter of Drinking Liberally:

Across the country, local pubs are hosting Drinking Liberally ( – an informal, Democratic drinking club where socializing and politics mix.

In the weeks following the November 2004 election, liberals needed a drink…and they needed a place were the grassroots energy of the past 18 months could continue. New clubs sprang up all over the country— especially in the Swing States and Red States. Drinking Liberally now has 90 clubs nationwide (including one in Alaska, five in Texas, three in Kansas and six in Florida) and multiple locations continue to start up each week.

What started in a dive bar in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen in May 2003 is now known in the grassroots political world as an easy first step for political involvement because Drinking Liberally’s weekly guests and regulars include local politicians and their staffers, political organizers, activists, would-be volunteers and newly interested chit-chatters – all in a casual, inclusive environment.

The Ann Arbor group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 8pm, at the Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St, starting tomorrow, September 1st.

  1. IMO, they should switch to Mondays if they’re going to meet at ABC. happy hour all night.
       —Scott Trudeau    Aug. 31 '05 - 07:50PM    #
  2. I would, but I love Karaoke Night at the Blind Pig too much. I’ll be open to changing to other nights/venues in the future though.
       —John Redmond    Aug. 31 '05 - 09:07PM    #
  3. They do karoake at the Pig on thursdays? I thought that was Circus… Anyway, discount my opinion since the only karoake I’ll be attending soon is live band karoake at Arlene’s Grocery on the lower east side…
       —Scott Trudeau    Aug. 31 '05 - 11:07PM    #
  4. no, i think the message was that he won’t be switching to Mondays because of karaoke at the Pig on Monday nights.
       —[libcat]    Aug. 31 '05 - 11:25PM    #
  5. I like the idea, though I’d also like to meet at Leopold’s or the Earle, and meet during happy hour rather than at 8 PM. Seems like you would get more people if they could come right after work, rather than going home first. I know that’s a downside for me.
       —KGS    Sep. 1 '05 - 04:05PM    #