Best Of 2006

Most Deeply Ingrained Smell of Vomit in a Bar Bathroom: The Brass Mug

Hold it in ’til you get home; get gutsy and go in the bushes behind the building. It’s not like countless metal and thrash band members haven’t done it. You’ll probably run into a couple taking a leak while you’re out there. Just avoid the ladies’ bathroom (and probably the men’s, too). Granted, most bar bathrooms are enter-at-your-own-risk, but the Mug is reserved the special honor of smelling like the collected remains of several hundred years of regurgitated Pabst and Taco Bell. The Brass Mug is a lifeline for hardcore punk, rock and metal — and we applaud the place for that. But it also may account for the bathroom stench.