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.




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,




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.

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!



Some pictures for you!


Okay, now that we got the exciting Multicade out of the way, just a few things:

First monthly Potluck for NO DAMN REASON on Tuesday, January 18 at 9pm.  Bring whatever you want.  We’re gonna do this every month so come bearing theme ideas!

Doubles 8-Ball tournament on January 11th at 9pm!  Sign up now.  $5 per person.  Cash prizes.

Singles 9-Ball Tournament on January 25th at 9pm!  $10 per person.  Cash prizes.

Don’t forget Pop Culture Trivia at 11pm every Monday!

Enjoy the pics!

Birthday lemon!

F.A.I.L.S. group!

Dictaphone Lounge!

Oaxaca hallway.

Chris and Dawes being fancy.

Kumquats and Army Men.

Even Justin Beiber needs friends.

Mr. Jawbones!

Fake Tattoo time!

Grown-Ups deserve birthday parties too!

Party and Pool and new Arcade Games!

Happy Holidays!  First off, we have a holiday party coming up on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 9pm and everyone’s invited!  That means you!  People are bringing snacks but you don’t have to.


no snobbery.



Also, upcoming pool tournaments are as follows:

Tuesday, January 11, 9pm:  Doubles 8-Ball.  $5 PER PERSON.

Tuesday, January 25, 9pm:  Singles 9-Ball.  $10 PER PERSON.

Sign up with a bartender any time before the event!  Cash Prizes.


The last pool tournament had 18 participants!

And yesterday, we got a GOLDEN TEE and a MULTICADE (complete with all 3 Pac-Man games, 2 Donkey Kongs, Dig Dug, Galaga, and more!  Come play!


Also, we’re building our business on Yelp!  Click on this link to see our page, write reviews, or get printable/Smartphone coupons!  To subscribe to this blog, check out the sidebar and sign up!  I never send out more than one post every couple of weeks, so you won’t be bombarded.

That’s all!

Love, Mandey.

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