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Monday, May 30, 2005

1000 bars, 365 days

A worthy quest

His quest: 1,000 bars, 12 months

Retiree goes on beer-a-thon

Some retirees climb mountains. Others sail around the world.

Dan Freeman has a dream, too - hitting a different bar three or four times a day.

The 60-year-old Brooklyn man is on a quest to have a drink in 1,000 watering holes this year, and he's chronicling his boozy adventures on his blog, "1000 Bars."

The News tagged along with Freeman this week on stops 525 through 527, downing beers at three Manhattan bars he had yet to visit.

"I don't understand those people who say they're retired and bored," Freeman said, taking a sip from a bottle of Heineken at Bellevue, a bar in Hell's Kitchen.

On pace to hit the mark on his 61st birthday in December, Freeman is savoring his tour of city bars - from corner dives to Irish pubs to a lesbian bar he unwittingly patronized.

"Someone in there said to me, 'You know you are in a lesbian bar,'" he recalled. "And I said, 'Well, okay, can I get a drink?'"

Freeman, who retired from the consulting firm he owned, said he had always wanted to sample as many city bars as possible. With time on his hands, and his wife's permission, he embarked on a drinking man's dream.

"We got our first three bars on a milk run on New Year's Day," Freeman said.

Nightly, the white-haired retiree maps out his drinking destinations. After a morning workout, he folds "Jimmy's Best Irish Pub Guide" into his pocket and goes on his way.

He follows a few rules: Always travel by subway or bus; drink only at a bar, and limit yourself to one drink at each place.

Since it's a holiday, I want to get away from the death and destruction for a little while.

When my friends graduated from college we drank in 15 bars in eight hours. I was hammered at the end of it.

posted by Steve @ 12:49:00 AM

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