8 Things We Know About Australia's George Costanza-Themed Bar

In the few short days since George's Bar—a George Costanza-themed watering holeopened in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve, the Seinfeld-loving establishment has made global headlines, proving that everyone’s favorite balding, neurotic TV character doesn’t just belong to New York City—he belongs to the world. While the bar is brand-new, here are eight things we know so far about the quirky hangout. 

1. THE BAR'S NAME PRECEDED ITS CONCEPT. 

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According to The Sydney Morning Herald, co-owner Dave Barrett said that he and his partners came up with the bar’s name first, and let that shape the establishment’s overall aesthetic. "We came up with the name George's and worked backwards, concept-theming it," shared Barrett. "George Costanza suits a bar in a lot of ways. The humor around George works."

2. ITS OWNERS (UNSURPRISINGLY) LOVE GEORGE COSTANZA. 

In an age of ironic hipster bars, one might think that a George Costanza-themed bar is a gimmicky attempt at cleverness. However, Barrett said that he decided to open George’s Bar for one simple reason: "We really like Seinfeld." Barrett also owns Laundry Bar, a Melbourne-based dance club that’s known for its DJs and drink specials. 

3. YOU CAN DRINK IN THE SUMMER OF GEORGE.

The bar's drink menu boasts a variety of Seinfeld-inspired libations, from "The Summer of George" to "The Hand Model," plus a range of beers and ciders on tap. If you're hungry, you can order a “toastie” (that’s Aussie for toasted sandwich) named after a Seinfeld catchphrase; we think The Quitter and The Art Vandelay sound delicious.

4. IT'S DECORATED WITH GEORGE COSTANZA PICTURES AND QUOTES.

At George’s Bar, you won’t be enjoying happy hour specials with just one George Costanza—you’ll be tossing back cocktails with many of him. The room is decorated with images of the bar’s titular character, and Barrett plans to add a litany of autographed photos to the mix. According to the bar’s Facebook page, Frogger will be arriving later this week. Another fun feature? When you walk into the bar, you’re welcomed by two of George's most hilarious quotes, which are emblazoned across the two front doors: “It’s not a lie if you believe it” and “Everyone must like me, I must be liked.”

5. JASON ALEXANDER KNOWS ABOUT IT.

As an actor, what’s better than receiving a coveted television award? Finding out that two bar owners were so inspired by your character that they created a cocktail establishment in your honor. Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza for all nine seasons of Seinfeld, recently gave a Twitter shout-out to George’s Bar. 

6. THE BAR IS LOCATED IN MELBOURNE'S FITZROY NEIGHBORHOOD. 

Fitzroy is an eclectic neighborhood in Melbourne that’s filled with vintage stores, artists, and vegetarian restaurants. It’s often compared to the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn—a far cry from George Costanza’s native Queens.

7. IT'S AN ARTSY ESTABLISHMENT. 

George's Bar/Facebook

Barrett hopes that local artists will display George Costanza-inspired works in his bar. Right now, he’s interested in hosting a show with a Melbourne-based painter who’s currently at work on eight different George paintings. 

8. ITS DOORS ARE (ALMOST) ALWAYS OPEN.

Since New York City never sleeps, George’s Bar never (or rarely) closes. According to its website, it’s open seven nights per week, from 6 p.m. until “late.” The bar doesn’t accept reservations, so if you’re in Melbourne and want to pour one out for your favorite '90s sitcom, make sure you don’t wait until too late to swing by.

[h/t The Sydney Morning Herald]

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People who take their wine seriously tend to own different glasses for different types of wine. Decor website Home Stratosphere, for instance, identified 18 wine glasses—each shaped differently to complement the unique flavors and fragrances of a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, and other kinds of red, white, and dessert wines.

If you don’t want to spare the expense or the cupboard space for all those glasses, you may want to check out Richard Brendon’s $56 wine glass, which is said to be suited to all types of wine. As spotted by Fast Company, the “1 Wine Glass” is the result of a collaboration between Brendon, a London-based product designer, and wine critic Jancis Robinson.

Robinson said that when Brendon asked her to help design a range of wine glasses, she was “insistent” that they design one single glass. “I love white wine as much as red and have never understood why white wine glasses are routinely smaller than those designed for red wine,” Robinson said in a statement, adding that white wines can be just as complex as reds. “It just seems so obvious and sensible to have one single wine glass for all three colors of wine—especially when so many of us are short of storage space.”

To get it just right, they toiled with the thinness of the glass, the length of the stem, the curvature, the opening, and the overall practicality (Robinson said it had to be dishwasher safe, and indeed, the finished result is). The result is a 125ml handcrafted glass that can be used for all types of wine, including champagne, port, and sherry. The duo also designed a stemless water glass and two decanters. The items can be purchased on Richard Brendon's website.

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A European C02 Shortage Has Led to Beer Rationing in the UK—in the Middle of the World Cup
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An international shortage of food-grade carbon dioxide is posing a significant threat to summer fun this year—including for soccer fans headed to bars to watch the World Cup. The lack of bubbles affects beer, cider, and soda makers, and as a result, a UK wholesaler just started rationing drink supplies, according to CNBC.

The wholesaler, Booker, supplies bars, restaurants, and stores, but it's currently rationing its customers to 10 cases of beer and five cases of cider or soft drinks each. Heineken has also warned that shortages of Amstel and John Smith's beers are coming, and Coca-Cola was forced to temporarily pause production of some of its sodas.

The shortage of CO2 is the result of closures at several gas-producing plants in Europe. A number of ammonia plants and bioethanol plants—both of which provide food-grade CO2—shut down for planned repair work this summer. Their shutdowns just happened to coincide with the season of the year when everyone wants to either be outside with a refreshing fizzy drink or downing beers at a sports bar watching the World Cup. (That's particularly true in the UK, where fans will gather to watch England play Colombia on July 3.)

Fortunately, the situation should eventually repair itself, putting cold beers back in the hands of anyone who wants one.

"We'd like to reassure beer drinkers that all our breweries are operating at full capacity, and we're working 24/7 to get beers to our customers as quickly as possible," a Heineken spokeswoman said in a statement this week, according to the BBC.

[h/t CNBC]

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