Zog’s Rap Song

The Inimitable Jedd Tyler has written and recorded a Zog’s rap, free to download…for now.  If you ever need to work with a music producer or have some beats written for you, do not hesitate to contact him.  He is reasonably priced and immensely talented, and specializes in Hip Hop beats and Movie/TV scores.  Jedd is first and foremost a composer, but you can catch him at his secondary gig: Service Industry Night every Monday at Zog’s, or catch him at the door on Thursdays and Saturdays and high-five him on his work of art!




Very Old South meets Uppermost South

I don’t mind when people call North Carolina “The South,” because something in the line of states moving upwards has to be the last “South,” but it makes me snicker since there’s even a “North” in “North Carolina.”

However.  I got to thinking.  If I’m gonna claim the South as a New Orleans native and giggle at other states on the basis of my own semantic idiosyncrasies, maybe I should look inward and realize there’s a “New” in “New Orleans,” the word “new” in a place where nothing is new, everything is old, and nothing isn’t based in spooky and/or debaucherous tradition. Am I a hypocrite for thinking any state with a “North” in its name shouldn’t be considered Southern?

Now that we’ve settled that, I’d like to formally introduce you to a very old party in a somewhat Southern state…Zog’s Third Annual Mardi Gras Bash with Stuart McNair.

Mardi Gras things at Zog's

Mardi Gras things at Zog’s

Jedd and Mandey from the last party!

Jedd and Mandey from the last party!

This will be on special.

This will be on special.

Come make your very own Masquerade Mask, enjoy free billiards and snacks, cheap Abita Beers and Hurricanes, and once again dance to the Zydeco stylings of our one-man extravaganza, Stuart McNair.

It’s coming up soon, Feb. 8 at 7pm, so clear your calendars and come by.  Zog’s will be packed, so get there early.  Mask-making starts at 7, music at 9.  Wear a costume.  We won’t recognize you if you don’t.

If you’re busy that night, come by even sooner for local darlings Johnny Staxx and the Durty Boyz on Friday, February 1st, and the funky four-piece Honeychile on March 16.

And don’t forget.  Pool is free every Sunday and half-free from 5-9pm every other day. Since we believe in week-long birthdays, you and your friends get free pool for the whole week surrounding yours.

Lastly, Zog’s is now home to the World-Famous, First-Ever, Bathing Sarcophagus.  Come see it in action.  Our free-hour-of-pool this time around goes to the first one who mentions said sarcophagus to us.



Zogtoberfest is here! Terrifying!

Second Annual Zogtoberfest! Free crap! Trivia! Bingo! Beer Tastings! Theme Parties! Live Music! Potlucks! We’ve jam-packed October with more events than you can handle. See how many you can conquer. MOST EVENTS ARE FREE.

Here’s a run-down of what’s happening, listed by day of the month. Thanks to Rachael from The Stagger for the beautiful calendar above.:

1 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE

2 Craft Beer Tasting; 8pm; $5 (4oz each of 6 fancy beers)
3 Spooky Trivia by Jedd. TONS OF PRIZES; 9pm; FREE4 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE5 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE

6 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE

7 FREE POOL, Scary Movie Marathon; 5pm-close; FREE

8 Halloween Potluck; 7-11pm; Bring a dish or $6

9 Craft Beer Tasting; 8pm; $5 (4oz each of 6 fancy beers)

10 Spooky Trivia by Jedd. TONS OF PRIZES; 9pm; FREE

11 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE

12 ZOGTOBERGRAS BASH. See flyer above! It’s Mandey’s Birthday and the Zog’s boys are throwing her a party. Free show from Zydeco legend Stuart McNair and drummer extraordinaire Brad Porter. Craft stations for mask-making and Decorate-Your-Own-Hurricane-Glass!; 7pm-close; FREE

13 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE

14 SPCA Benefit Pool Tournament; 8pm; contact bar about buy-in

15 Spooky Bingo by Mandey. TONS OF PRIZES; 9pm; FREE

16 Craft Beer Tasting; 8pm; $5 (4oz each of 6 fancy beers)

17 Spooky Trivia by Jedd. TONS OF PRIZES; 9pm; FREE

18 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE

19 ILLOGICON REGISTRATION PARTY. Sign up for the coolest Sci-Fi con ever, or just come meet the Board and chat about gaming and books and other awesome stuff!; 7pm-close; FREE

20 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE


22 Spooky Bingo by Mandey. TONS OF PRIZES; 9pm; FREE

23 Craft Beer Tasting; 8pm; $5 (4oz each of 6 fancy beers)

24 Spooky Trivia by Jedd. TONS OF PRIZES; 9pm; FREE

25 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE

26 SAM ADAMS PINT NITE. Free stuff. Sam schwag.; 8-11pm; FREE

27 Scary Movie Marathon; 7pm till; FREE

28 FREE POOL, Scary Movie Marathon; 5pm-close; FREE

29 Spooky Bingo by Mandey. TONS OF PRIZES; 9pm; FREE

30 Craft Beer Tasting; 8pm; $5 (4oz each of 6 fancy beers)

31 HALLOWEEN PROPER. Live music with Snowship and Live Misfits set from Chris Ross and the Something Stupids.; 9pm-close; $5 gets you admission and a drink ticket. FREE FOR MEMBERS.

Hotter than a match head…

So, summer’s here, but the nights have stayed really nice and 75-degrees-ish so far.  I’ll take it! As you know, everything sort of grinds to a halt in the Chapel Hill summer season, but at Zog’s we just don’t recognize the concept of boredom.

Before we get into all this, let me just remind you that not only is Zog’s DOG FRIENDLY, but we also have dog treats and we will take your dog’s picture and put it on the Zog Dog Blog.

First off, we’ve refelted and releveled all three of our tables and made them Mardi-Gras friendly!

No more blaming the tables for mediocre performance! They’re perfect!

We’ve debuted out summer drink list, and just like last year it’s chock full of drinks made with herbs we’re growing right here at Zog’s, in the window by the yellow pool table!  We have mint, basil, and pineapple sage growing, and we go to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market twice weekly to stock up on cucumbers and dill.  We make the simple syrup from sugar, black tea, and mint flowers.  Here’s a copy of our drink list, with some pics of the actual drinks!

Meet the Dill’n’Thomas, with Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda and our house-infused dill vodka!

A classic Pimm’s Cup! This one has Farmer’s Market cucumbers and comes in a fancy vintage glass!

This is the dirtiest martini you’ve ever had sans olive juice! Half a lemon muddled with a bunch of dill and basil, then shaken with Ransom Gin and Pimm’s and garnished with dill and cucumber.

We’ll keep posting pics as we take them.  Moving on!

Beer tasting are every other Tuesday and are led by Evan from the Carrboro Beverage Company.  They are SELF-GUIDED, which means no one will be telling you to stick your face in a cup and sniff your drink, so if you like that sort of direction, be aware.  Evan is the most knowledgeable beer lover we’ve ever met, and he can answer any question you throw at him.  The beer tastings cost $5 and you get to try six different fancy beers. The June dates are the 12th and 26th.  Stop by the bar or email Mandey at zogs.pool.ch at gmail dot com to reserve a spot.  Spots must be reserved in advance so we know how much beer to get!

We have a couple of shows this month, also. Carrboro weirdos  Nanner Head will be gracing us on the 16th.  You can check out their videos here.  The show is free and pool is ALWAYS free while a band is playing.  If you want to be a part of this event on facebook, click here.

The last Saturday of every month brings Chris Ross and the Something Stupids, our house band.  They play Misfits and Ramones covers, with a few originals thrown in.  They also welcome impromptu guest singers, which means if you’ve been itching to perform “Die, Die, My Darlin'” in front of a moshing crowd, it might be your time to shine.  For facebook invite, click here.

They’re so important, they’re written on the girls’ shower door at the bar. Yes, the bar has a shower in it.

Come visit us.  We have darts, board games, pool, and even a craft box you can haul out.  It’s exactly what it sounds like…a box full of random art bits. Create!  It’s a great way to start/avoid conversation!

P.S.: First one to come up and yell out the name of song we used in the title gets a free hour of pool.

February Fun at the Zoggy

February’s insane, my friends.  Here goes:

Tuesday the 7th:  BEER TASTING with Evan, 8-9pm

Come join us at Zog’s for our bi-monthly Beer Tasting with Evan from Carrboro Beverage Company!  He’s the most knowledgeable beer guy we know, and he picks out six crazy beers for each tasting.  Pay your 5 bucks and you get 4-oz samples of each beer.  That’s 24 oz of fancy beer for five bones!  Sign up in advance, though, because we cap it at 25 and they usually fill up fast!


Saturday the 11th:  SOUL DEEP with DJ Creighton, 9pm-2am

DJ Creighton gives you hours of bona-fide soul vinyl.  No cover, just dancing.

Tuesday the 14th:  VALENTINE’S DAY THROWBACK PROM! 8pm-2am

That’s right, we’re throwing a prom for all you adults who can’t get enough shitty 90s music, taffeta dresses, and leaving room for the Holy Ghost.  Prizes will be given for best get-ups, and we will be voting for a Prom King and Queen!!

Friday the 17th:  Zog’s MARDI GRAS BASH 5pm-2am

Come celebrate the best holiday ever with NOLA transplants! Live Zydeco music from Stuart McNair!  Jackson Square-style caricature artist Richard Cloudt will be here to draw your portrait!  Make-Your-Own Mardi Gras Mask!  Hurricanes, Abita, and Dixie on special!  Bring a Cajun-inspired dish if you’re so inclined!  DRESS UP IN COSTUME! IT’S MARDI GRAS!!

Tuesday the 21st: BEER TASTING with Evan, 8-9pm (see above for info)

Saturday the 25th: JOHNNY STAXX AND THE DURTY BOYS and Sydney’s 21st Birfday!!

And don’t forget, Pool is FREE every single Sunday open to close.

And wait, before you go. . .It’s time to vote in the INDY WEEKLY BEST OF THE TRIANGLE 2012! Click that link to vote for your favorite places in the Triangle.  Best restaurant, best hair salon, best place to buy gifts (and, of course, best Pool Hall, Jukebox, Bartender, Neighborhood Bar, Place to Bring a Blind Date, and Place to Chill, ahem, ahem).

Love you guys,




January for you. All for you.

Our spooky hallway.

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but what about July in Christmas? For those of you hardcore types who need something cold in these desolate wintertimes, we’re doing a weekly summer drink special. Last week? Pimm’s Cup. This week? Frozen Moonshine Strawberry Colada. Next week? Who knows? Come show us how tough you are. Order a summer thing and wear your mittens while you drink it.

Beer tastings! January 10th and 24th (both Tuesdays) come up at 8pm with a crisp five dollar bill and hang out with our resident beer expert Evan from Carrboro Beverage Company while he guides you through six fancy beers you’ve probably never heard of. Advance sign up is recommended so we know how much beer to get, but we usually order enough to accommodate walk-ins.

MUSIC, Holmes! Zog’s is hosting it’s first-ever DJ on Saturday, January 21st. DJ Creighton will be here with his turntables spinning some soul and funk for absolutely free. Fun starts around 9pm and we will have some great specials for you.

The Fooligans will be once again hosting our monthly potluck on Saturday the 28th. Come bring a dish, listen to some great live music from those guys and some special guests. Potluck starts at 7pm, music starts around 9, and the night doesn’t end until you leave (or 2am, whichever comes first).

Remember, we have free pool every single Sunday from open to close, and we open every day at 5pm with half priced pool from 5-9pm. We offer $3 hi balls on Mondays, $3 Fancy Drafts on Tuesdays, $2.50 Narragansetts and Ol’Yellas on Wednesdays, and rotating specials every other day.

Do you have questions? Comments? Do you want to book a party for cheap or free? Email Mandey at zogs.pool.ch@gmail.com and she’ll help with whatever you need.

And if you haven’t been to Zog’s in a while, it may be time for you to revisit and see the changes that have happened in the last year. If you have been, and you enjoyed yourself, review us on Yelp! We get inordinately excited about Yelp reviews.

Mandey! James! Jedd!

P.S.: Lastly, we have this self-explanatory thing goin’ on, too:



Feliz Navizog, Comrades. New Drinks and Events!


It’s here, folks!  The Zog’s Holiday drink list!  Half hot drinks, half cold drinks, all delicious.  There will be at least two at a time on special every day until it gets too warm to keep doing that.  We’re open at 5 every day so come upstairs and tell us what you think!

Upcoming events:

In addition to FREE POOL from open to close every Sunday, we got:

Wednesday, November 30th:  Rockin’ Ammonia Karaoke!  Here’s the link to the Facebook invite. Rockin’ Ammonia is different from most other Karaoke by focusing more on Classic Rock and alternative and metal songs instead of shit you’ve never heard of sung by people only famous for winning game shows.  The event is free but there’s a suggested donation of a couple of bucks tip for Jon.  $3 PBR Tallboys, also!

Is this exciting to you?

Thursday, December 1st:  We’re teaming up with Chapel Hill’s loveliest bakery, Bread & Butter, for this month’s potluck!  Bring sandwich fixins and B&B will bring the breadstuffs!  It’s gonna be SO FREAKIN’ DELICIOUS my heart’s beatin’ fast already.  Potluck starts at 7 with LIVE MUSIC from Daniel Sean & friends starting around 9pm.  This event is free if you bring sandwich stuff but costs $6 if you come empty-handed and still wanna eat.  If you just want to come hear the music, not eat, and not bring anything, it’s free but you should totally tip the band, yo.

This is the kind of bread you're gonna put yer sammiches on. Straight from Bread & Butter!

As always, you can follow Zog’s:

on Twitter @ZogsChapelHill

on Facebook at /Zogsbar

on Yelp (click here to read recent reviews if you haven’t been to Zog’s lately.  It’s quite different, and you might be due up for another visit!)

or you can subscribe to this ZogBlog in the left-hand sidebar of this page!  We’d love to have you.


1 MONTH.  1 BAR.  31 EVENTS.

Every night in October is rockin’. Live Bands! Talent Show! Beer Tastings! Cook-off Contest! Mandey’s Birthday Party! Spooky Bingo & Trivia with weird prizes! Free Pool & Scary Movies on the big screen every Sunday!

Here’s the schedule so far. You can RSVP to this whole event no matter what you’re attending.

Sun, Oct 2, 5pm-2am: Free POOL and Scary MOVIE Night
Mon, Oct 3, 9pm: Spooky BINGO! Win cool prizes!
Tues, Oct 4, 8pm: Oktoberfest BEER TASTING with Evan, $5*
Wed, Oct 5, 11pm: TRIVIA with Dave! Win prizes!
Thurs, Oct 6: Scary Movies
Fri, Oct 7, 7pm-2am: MANDEY’S and ZOG’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Sat., Oct 8: LIVE MUSIC by Spiralfire! 
Sun, Oct 9, 5pm-2am: Free POOL and Scary MOVIE Night
Mon, Oct 10, 9pm: Spooky BINGO! Win cool prizes!
Tues, Oct 11: Scary Movies
Wed, Oct 12, 11pm: TRIVIA with Dave! Win prizes!
Thurs, Oct 13: Scary Movies
Fri, Oct 14: Scary Movies

Sat., Oct 15, 7-10pm: LIVE MUSIC by The Fooligans (at 10)! Abita Pecan Harvest COOK-OFF CONTEST (at 7)!
Sun, Oct 16, 5pm-2am: Free POOL and Scary MOVIE Night
Mon, Oct 17, 7pm-2am, POTLUCK with LIVE MUSIC by Dirt vs. Dust
Tues, Oct 18, 8pm: Oktoberfest BEER TASTING with Evan, $5*
Wed, Oct 19, 11pm: TRIVIA with Dave! Win prizes!
Thurs, Oct 20: Scary Movies
Fri, Oct 21: Scary Movies

Sat., Oct 22: Scary Movies
Sun, Oct 23, 5pm-2am: Free POOL and Scary MOVIE Night
Mon, Oct 24, 9pm: Spooky BINGO! Win cool prizes!
Tues, Oct 25: Scary Movies
Wed, Oct 26, 11pm: TRIVIA with Dave! Win prizes!
Thurs, Oct 27, 9pm Rockin’ Ammonia KARAOKE, $2
Fri, Oct 28: Scary Movies

Sun, Oct 30, 2pm-7pm: Pumpkin Carving, Kids welcome!
Mon, Oct 31: HALLOWEEN w/ LIVE MUSIC from local streetpunks BAD IDEA: $5

*Note: there are limited spaces for the beer tastings. Please see a bartender to sign up and pay in advance.

September Potluck (and a couple of potluck pics)!

Kellye and Megan admire Jedd's Famous Omelet Bar!

Join us on Sunday, September 11, from noon-4pm for our next brunch potluck!  As always, Jedd’s Famous Omelet and French Toast Bar will be in full swing, and we’ll have build-your-own Bloody Marys on special!  Mimosas and Meximosas (champagne+Jumex) for $4!  If you’re into hard liquor after church, I can make you a shot guaranteed to taste like pancakes and syrup.  Try me.

Visit this link to view our Facebook Invite.  RSVP so we know how much stuff to get!!

Bring your favorite Brunch dish!  If you can’t bring any food, bring $8 to gain access to the smorgasbord. All paper products provided, and kids are welcome!  Pool is free, and so is coffee and hot tea.

Love, Mandey

P.S.: Here are a couple of pics from our last few potlucks:

Even vegetarians have fun at the Zoggy Potlucks.

Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar.

Sometimes the Wiley Fosters come play for us!

Jon Haas and Jedd with the Omelet Bar.

Potluck and Live Music, Tuesday 1/18!

Zog Daddy Jimmie with Will (L) and Brad (R) of The Wiley Fosters!

Hey!  Open to everyone 21+, Zog’s is having a Potluck For No Damn Reason on Tuesday, January 18th, at 7pm with special guests The Wiley Fosters* (William Dawson of Squirrel Nut Zippers, Alcazar Hotel, and Katherine Whalen and her Fascinators and Brad Porter of Alcazar Hotel and Katherine Whalen and Her Fascinators) going on around 8pm.  Currently there are about 30 people signed up for the Potluck, which means there will be tons of food, fun, great people, and no snobbery happening on Tuesday.

If you’ve never been to Zog’s, you need to check it out.  Pool tables, arcade games, board games, specialty New Orleans-style cocktails and weird art everywhere make for a fun and interesting night out, and plus everyone’s friendly and really excited to meet new people.  If you haven’t been to Zog’s in while, you really should stop by to see the changes.  It’s still a neighborhood bar, but now with a new divey, artsy twist.  If you’re a regular at Zog’s, you’re already signed up for the Potluck, so just show up at 7 or whenever you can!  Since so many of us work in the service industry, there will be another small influx of people coming around 10 or 11, so don’t feel bad if you have to come late!

*Note:  in the above band links, WIlliam is the guitarist and Brad is the drummer.  The Wiley Fosters are a 2-piece blues-rock band who play a mix of incredible originals and much-loved covers, and Brad’s a bartender at Zog’s, so he’s definitely someone you should come meet!  The show is free but the guys work for tips, so, if you can, throw bucks in the box and rock out!

Mandey's Wiley Fosters flyer!



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