Pints Pub and Patio employee Kynsie Rogers
and owner Ryan Smithson show off the new
bar’s party T-shirts and the sturdiness
of the island bar built for the friskier
patrons who feel like dancing on tabletops.
By Amber Williams
People do stupid things at parties — especially
when they are wasted out of their minds (hence
the phrase: “Out of their minds”). Any booze
hound will admit, that’s part of the party’s
appeal. Enough elixir can inspire even the most
prudish old bird to burn her bra and dance on
the bar. True partiers make no excuses for their
foolish follies, but rather they chalk it up
to a good time that they’re probably better
off not remembering.
In the uninhibited spirit of such surly silliness
comes the new Pints Pub and Patio’s catch phrase,
“Sorry, I party!” which is ironed on the back
of the new Court Avenue bar’s T-shirts. For
$20, patrons can own one of the facetious T’s.
They can cut them up in their own personal party
style and wear them to the Pints second annual
“Sorry, I Party! Party” for free beer from 8
p.m. to midnight on Saturday, April 21.
The “Sorry, I Party! Party” will include several
LMFAO-themed contests, such as biggest hair
or afro, best party outfit, an “I’m sexy and
I know it” dance off, a pie-eating contest and
a goldfish-eating contest. Wait. Goldfish-eating
contest? Cue the PETA protesters.
“I hope they do protest,” laughed Pints owner
Ryan Smithson. “Goldfish are used as bait for
everything else — in fish tanks and everything.
Fish were made to be eaten. I really don’t care
about the controversy around it.”
If animal rights activists do decide to make
an opposing appearance at the shindig, it’s
likely their questions will be answered with
an overwhelming, “Sorry… I party,” after contestants
gulp the little goldfish down.
“ ‘Sorry, I party!’ just means it’s a big ‘Duh’
moment, like if you just did something really
air-headed or goofy, and someone calls you out
on it. That’s your comeback,” Smithson said.
One could assume it’s a phrase that was coined
in the Smithson home long ago, where bar ownership
is not only a Smithson tradition but a livelihood.
Smithson gladly adopted the hot spot on the
corner of Fourth Street and Court Avenue after
his father decided to close the Surf Shack,
a Court Avenue staple for 13 years. Smithson
considers this new venture one of his “showpieces.”
“The Surf Shack had its purpose. It had its
crowd, and it did its thing, and it closed on
a positive note,” Smithson said.
The once-flamboyant Surf Shack is now tamed
with a new hue of green, a casual patio running
along the Court Avenue sidewalk and large windows
that open the bar up as an “all-seasons patio”
in the summer. It opened just in time to host
a carnival of St. Paddy’s Day partiers who appeared
10 minutes after they unlocked the doors “as
if someone had just dropped them off by the
bus loads,” Smithson said, without complaint.
The sleek, new pine wood floors and granite
bar tops were both filled with dancing drunkards,
and Smithson wouldn’t have it any other way.
The 30-seat, wrap-around bar is designed as
the hub of the house, so that “no matter where
you sit, you feel like you’re part of the party.”
“All the energy is at the bar, whether you’re
by yourself or with someone. Everybody wants
to be at the bar,” he said. “The bar is the
star, so we put it front and center. It’s the
focal point centerpiece where everyone can belly
up and mingle.” CV
Pints Pub and Patio
319 Court Ave./Fourth St.
Hours: 4 p.m.-close, Mon.-Fri.; 2 p.m.-close
Happy Hour: Open-close everyday