Flashback: Moira Bagley Smith’s Guide to Hill Booze Scene
Posted at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2014
Bagley Smith chronicled the intricacies of flip cup at the Ugly Mug during her time at Roll Call. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
By now, you’ve seen the announcement that Moira Bagley Smith is joining the staff of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., as communications director.
While on staff here at Roll Call in the aughts, Bagley Smith wrote regularly for our old Mug Shots feature. In that role, she brought readers to Sonoma just a year after the wine bar opened, to board games at Trusty’s and to a flip cup tournament at The Ugly Mug.
“The bar sport — a beer-chugging, cup-flipping relay race — is a test of concentration and nerves, rather than strength,” Bagley Smith said in describing flip cup in 2006.
She even introduced congressional softball neophytes to the wonders of the old, now-defunct My Brother’s Place.
“A Congressional league sponsor, My Brother’s Place is well prepared for the rush of league patronage. With big picnic tables outside, ample seating inside and a newly installed bar upstairs, they’re equipped to handle a team of any size,” she wrote.
And the 2006 guide to old-standby election night watering holes included a still-fascinating tidbit about the crowd from ABC News being turned away at the door of the (old) Hawk ‘n’ Dove two years earlier.