Certain Washington Avenue bars achieve a state of near-tolerability around the middle of the week, but I still managed to encounter some weekend conduct on a Tuesday trip to Taps House of Beer (5120 Washington Ave., 281-701-4248). I was getting the bartender's recipe for the vodka-based Pear Pleasure shot he had just made when a couple of happy-hour troopers, wounded pretty bad but still fighting at 11 p.m., assaulted me.
"Your mustache is out of style," the first one said, squeezing my hand and refusing to let go. I explained that my longtime facial accessory was a timeless, singular statement. "Oh, I do lots of singular things," her friend chimed in, violently raising one eyebrow. I broke away without explaining that "singular" doesn't really mean "by yourself" and went to look for the bathroom, taking a wrong turn onto the patio. I briefly considered peeing outside — there were nothing but guys, some smoking cigars, a few playing beanbag toss and at least one group apparently just watching whoever walked through the back door. "Hey bro, sweet mustache," was the only convincing I needed to take it back inside.
3/4 ounce Grey Goose pear vodka
3/4 ounce Triple Sec
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Splash of sweet and sour
Splash of 7UP
Splash of cranberry juice
Shake over ice and strain into shot glass, or combine ingredients over ice in a rocks glass.