Lobby Bar

Lobby Bar – November 16: Leg Men, Stooges in Cabinets, and ‘I’ll Take Floor Wax and Dessert Toppings for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: So Clever You Won’t Understand a Word
Out of order. A video in China showing housekeepers at leading hotels using the same cloth to clean cups, glasses, sinks, and toilets was viewed over one million times. Several hotel general managers were quoted off the record saying, “We told them to clean the toilets first, goddamit!”
Send in the clowns. Just hours after the British cabinet approved the negotiated deal for …

Lobby Bar – November 2: Spaghetti in the Tube, Blue Christmases, and ‘I’ll Take Famous 17th Century Native Americans for $100, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Brought to You By the English Alphabet
His bite is actually worse.  Checking in to the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Jonathan Spira met the seemingly friendly four-legged concierge, who was wagging his tail in greeting the new guest. Unfortunately, Jonathan thought the concierge was offering him a welcome bone but that turned out not to be the case.
Over the river and through the woods.  Jesse Sokolow looks at important events …

Lobby Bar – October 19: Meet the Flintstones, Paging Dr. Emmet Brown, and ‘I’ll Take Fugitive Korean Air Executives for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Caveat Emptor Here and We Mean It
Cheech and Chong. Weed became legal in Canada on Wednesday. This happened in large part because the stoner-in-chief, Justin Trudeau, found out that Canada was, on a per capita basis, the sixth largest user of recreational marijuana. “Sixth? We’re only sixth?” he was heard to cry out upon assuming the office of prime minister.
“We’ll have a gay, old time.”  Virgin Atlantic is …

Lobby Bar – October 6: Star Trek, The Swingin’ 60s, and ‘I’ll Take Airport History for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: The Airline With the Most Cancelled Flights
Catch me if you can.  The Pan Am Museum Foundation celebrated the opening of an exhibit on the Boeing 707, the aircraft that ushered in the jet age.  No. 1 Pan Am Fan and FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira was, of course, in attendance at the retro 60s gala, which included a dinner inspired by the first Pan Am 707 flight from …

Lobby Bar – September 28: Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Marty McFly, and ‘I’ll Take Bondage for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – At 60 mph, the Loudest Noise Comes from the Electric Clock
All tied up and no place to go. Jonathan Spira attended a performance of the rather risqué and lascivious off-Broadway show “Kink Haüs,” an exuberant look at queer nightlife in Berlin. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been heard from since although several readers reported seeing him dancing to the song, “Nein Mann (ich will noch nicht gehen, ich will noch’n bisschen tanzen).”
Relax, …

Lobby Bar – September 14: Carpool Karaoke with the Beatles, Power Pokémon, and ‘I’ll Take Thurston Howell III for $500, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Making Travel News Great Again
Gilligan! Jonathan Spira and a guest took a three-hour tour of City Island and ended up chartering a boat from Jack’s Bait & Tackle, skippered by a familiar looking character with a black skipper’s cap who went by the name of Jonas Grumby. They haven’t been heard from since.
No soup for you! Tired of serving as a punching bag for irate customers, customer service reps …

Lobby Bar – September 7: Theo in the House, Send in the Clowns and ‘I’ll Take Leonardo DiCaprio for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: An Alliterative Alliance of Fact and Fiction
Falling light zone. Theatergoers at a recent performance, at the National Yiddish Theatre, of “Fiddler on the Roof” honoring the late and prolific actor Theodore Bikel – who played the role of Tevye more times than any other performer – were surprised when, in the middle of the performance, a few familiar organ chords were heard and an unnoticed but very large chandelier …