Movember at the Halfway Point: Time to Flash Your Stache

With 15 days left to scratch my mustache, I celebrated the Half Mo with beer and champagne at Kimpton Solamar

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Flash Your Stache at Hotel Solamar and get free beer.

It’s November 15, which means we’re halfway through Movember. It’s that time of the month for well-intentioned mustache growers to bite their upper lips as the itchiness factor becomes a daily concern.

To recap: Each November, men around the world grow staches for 30 days as a beacon to men to pay attention to their health. The Movember Foundation is the recipient of funds collected by “Mo Bros” from folks who sponsor these annual face caterpillars. Those funds go to awareness and research of prostate and testicular cancer, and men’s health issues in general.

When the “Half Mo” hits, it’s a good time to go out on the town. My official hangouts for 2018 are Kimpton Hotels. To still my quivering Mo follicles, last night I took advantage of two Kimpton Solamar Hotel offerings: the crafty #FlashYourStache beer offering and the bubbly “Veuve Around the Clock” party.

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A Movember beer flight at JSix.

FlashYourStache at Kimpton

Kudos to Kimpton for Mo support. Guests at the Solamar in San Diego’s East Village who are participating in Movember are rewarded at the street-level JSix restaurant with a free beer mug and a complimentary flight of beer.

At the Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego (also downtown) mention mustaches at check-in and you have the option of being rewarded with a room upgrade or a $15 food-and-beverage credit. Up the coast, Kimpton Goodlands in Goleta offers the same deal.

And at Kimpton Shorebreak Resort in Huntington Beach, book the Movember Package and $10 of your room cost will go to prostate cancer research. In the hotel’s Pacific Hideaway bar/restaurant, there’s a Doc Holliday cocktail that has a mustache carved into the drink’s foam. One buck from every sale goes to Movember.

Veuve Around the Clock

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Veuve Around the Clock!

Back at Solamar, after drinking my free beer at JSix, I elevatored to the hotel’s Upper East rooftop bar. Every Wednesday there’s a poolside party called Veuve Around the Clock. The featured beverage is the iconic premium champagne Veuve Clicquot.

Veuve can be a pricey purchase. A 750-milliliter bottle sells for $100; a glass is 25 bucks. (A rough equivalency: For $25 you could rent a Lime or Bird e-scooter for about a 90-minute ride.)

For Veuve Around the Clock, however, the price of a glass of the bubbly is drastically reduced. Starting at 5 p.m., it’s $5 a pop for Veuve, served in a trademark-yellow, regally shaped plastic flute.

This 80-percent-off deal lasts 60 minutes. At 6 p.m., the price goes up a dollar, and rises every hour until a glass is $8 at 8 p.m. (that price lasts until 9 p.m.).

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Champagne wishes! Yes, Pittsburgh and Baltimore football fans can share a friendly drink.

Veuve Around the Clock is a clever idea and a fun gathering. I happened to run into an old friend, and we reminisced, caught up on mustache scratching, mused about the NFL and toasted to champagne wishes and caviar dreams. J&J

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DONATE: If you’d like to contribute to Movember’s men’s health initiatives, please go to my Mo Page: MOBRO.CO/RONDONSD

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This is Part 5 of a “Movember at Kimpton” series:

Part 4: Straight Talk from a Prostate Cancer Survivor

Part 3Shave The Date: Kicking Off Movember 2018

Part 2This Movember, Consider a Shavecation

Part 1Shave The Date: Movember at Kimpton in San Diego