Happy Australia Day! The folks down under celebrate "the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia" (thanks, Wikipedia) annually on January 26. In other words, it's a day for Seattle transplants to get shithoused.
The Kangaroo and Kiwi, Greenlake's beloved Aussie watering hole, starts off its party this evening with a barbeque at 5 p.m. and live music from 7-9 p.m.
Also on the schedule is K&K's "Great Aussie Meat Pie challenge" during which patrons compete to see who can gobble down a meat pie and drink a pint of beer the quickest--the winner always clocks in under a minute, according to staff.
The last time I checked out Kangaroo and Kiwi was a chilly Wednesday night--and it took 20 minutes to find a table and 10 minutes longer for the server to clear the massive tower of dirty classes on it. These people don't fuck around when it comes to drinking. I can't imagine how hardcore they are when they have an actual purpose attached to their partying.
Of course, they've got a secret weapon that allows them to make it to work okay the next morning: Berocca. K&K conveniently keeps a stash of the multivitamin tablet that Aussies hail as a miracle hangover cure, as one of the bartenders explains, "It's about as common in our households as a jar of Vegemite. It makes you pee fluorescent yellow--but it's all natural."
Well shit, if it's all natural, there's no excuse not to drink. Cheers, you crazy sheilas and blokes!