|What a year|
- HitThatDive will recruit a "blue ribbon" panel of somewhat buzzed judges to name the 2015 winner.
- Starting in 2015, no bar can win the award twice in row
- HTD will average four bar posts a month this year. so this time around there will far more competition for the "coveted" award.
Now, with the rules of how this all works in 2015 written down...let's get to this year's winner. Wait, first, let's take a look at some of the blog posts that really stood out on HitThatDive this year:
|Here's to 2015|
Since this is the last vote based solely on my opinion (and emotions) the choice was a simple one.
Please put your hands together for HitThatDive's FIRST (and last) back-to-back winner for "Bar of the Year" The Village Bar in Ralston.
|It rained. But at least we tried.|
I'm still not what you'd call an everyday regular here either, but I do feel as if I'm part of The Village Bar "family". And in fairness to countless bars in Omaha, I'm lucky enough to feel like a regular in many great places all over town. So, thank you all.
|All in the name of helping the community|
Being a great neighborhood bar goes far past slinging cheap drinks, but that's always a plus. It's about creating a sense of community, while on occasion, trying to positively impact the community around you. And it's about having a few (or more than a few) beers with friends. It's always about that.
The Village Bar, owner Brock Hatterman, The Village Bar staff, and every single person that calls this place their "home" bar have now set the standard that all other HitThatDive "Bar of the Year" winners will be judged against.
|St. Patrick's Day 2014|
Along with the good times, The Village has also held itself out as a community staple in other ways. In December, Gates and Hatterman teamed up to raise more than $3,000 in gift cards, presents and urgently needed household items for struggling local families. The pair then delivered the gifts to the families.
“We're probably the two most unlikely fundraisers you'd ever see,” Gates said. “But what you've got at the bar are a group of people who want to see their community get better and they're willing to help out.” Complete strangers a year ago, the two struck up a rapport when Gates needed a place to launch HitThatDive’s annual Spring Stumble bar tour.With locally owned neighborhood bars dying off faster than most of us can keep track of lately, cultivating and ultimately celebrating the distinct role that the local dive plays in the lives of so many people may be the best ways to keep them in business. Well, at least it better be...I do NOT want to go back to the days of being a "regular" in a mall bar!
|The great Village Bar staff|
So send in your bar stories. Stay active on HitThatDive's Facebook page and Twitter account. Send pictures, emails. cards, letters, postcards...oh hell...just keep me updated about what your favorite bar is up to. The more I know about the great things that are going on at your local dive, the more I can tell others about it. And the more stories we can share as a bar community, the more likely we are to have our favorite places stay in business.
And to the back-to-back HitThatDive Bar of the Year winner...The Village Bar...congratulations for a job well done yet again. So, now the question is...who's going to win this baby next year? We have 12 months to figure that out...so let's get going!
Happy 2105 from HitThatDive!
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