Fun and Games

Rampage With Wings, as served at Insert Coin(s), $12

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Things are looking up downtown! Commonwealth cocktail bar, Park on Fremont urban beer garden and Backstage Bar & Billiards arrive with the fall, just the next in a series of waves of exciting developments on Fremont East. Meanwhile, the hipster zone’s barcade, Insert Coin(s), is riding its own wave of success with a beverage program that is subtly sophisticated.

This drink is a lot of things, however subtle isn’t one of them. Lead bartender Brian McKinney and operations manager Chris Cabral were going for an irreverent-yet-top-shelf take on that college-bar staple, the Adios Motherfucker. And while Insert Coin(s) may boast an impressive collection of video games, that’s no reason to drink like you did in college. Owner Christopher LaPorte offers a quality spirits roster, so you can make grown-up beverage choices while you channel your inner 12-year-old by pumping a fistful of quarters into Rampage. It’s only coincidence that, once mixed, the drink’s memorable greenish color is a dead-on match for Godzilla.

Directions:

Add ½ ounce each of Stoli Elite vodka, Hendricks gin, Malibu Coconut rum, and blue curaçao to a pint glass half filled with ice. Add 2 ounces sweet and sour mix and use a straw to give it a stir. Carefully top with Red Bull while submerging the can into the pint glass. Leave the can popping out.

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