Rudy's is a storied Hell's Kitchen dive known for its cheap beer, free hot dogs and colorful clientele.
Last night, all of that took a more political turn, as candidates stopped by Drinking Liberally to raise the spirits of a courtyard full of progressives...a pint of their own.
Free Weiner. You can always get a free meal at Rudy's, but last night's hot dog was Congressman Anthony Weiner, who braved the back porch to give an energetic address to the crowd. After a few jeers and a juvenile (but excited) chant of "Weiner, Weiner, Weiner," the Congressman stood his ground and held attention for a short stump speech.
Miller Time. Liberal Drinkers may favor Amber Bock or Yuengling, but last night was all Miller as City Council Speaker Gifford Miller took his own turn on the porch. "Keep drinking...I don't want to interrupt that," he told the crowd as part of a brief shout-out. Then, he did one better and came into the crowd itself. Forty-five minutes later, when the bouncer needed to start silencing the backyard due to city noise regulations, Giff was still there, chatting with everyone, enjoying a pint and even eating a hot dog. Take that, Weiner.
Hmmm...silencing the backyard due to noise regulations. If only we knew someone in city government.