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What Makes a Great Bar?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by YankeeFan, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I thought about this when Jones first posted a thread about Elaine's. What makes a great bar?

    Here are some thoughts off the top of my head:

    - It always has a crowd, but it's never too crowded to get a seat at the bar

    - It has long time bartenders, who work regular shifts. They know you, greet you by name, and know your drink.

    - They have Guinness on draft and know how to pour it. They also have several other good beers on tap.

    - They either program their own music -- never too loud -- or they have a great juke box with songs ranging from Sinatra, Elvis, the Clash, Motown, and more. They've never had a DJ.

    - If they have food, it has a limited menu, is served from a small kitchen, and features a great burger.

    - If you tip well, you get a buyback every few drinks.

    - They know you and trust you well enough to not make you hand over your credit card to open a tab.

    - Drinks & draft beer are always served in a glass and never, ever a plastic cup.

    - They have a wide variety of whiskey.


    Add your own thoughts or comment on mine.
     
  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Cheap beer and loose women.
     
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    - darkness.
    - customers get calls on the bar's phone.
    - fights almost break out occasionally, but never do.
     
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Whores.
     
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

     
  6. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Impressive, Yank. Brought back some memories.
     
  7. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    An expertly poured beer.

    Learn to do it right or get somebody who knows.
     
  8. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Good thread...agree with all so far.

    No. 1 for me: No smoking allowed. Mainly because I've gotten used to it since my college days and like not having the hangovers I used to get due to being a non-smoker inhaling that junk.

    Another good thing to have...at least one knowledgeable bartender that doesn't need a book to make a mixed drink that doesn't have the booze in the name and they know the difference between a lager, an IPA and a stout.

    Also, my perfect bar would have the scene from "Coyote Ugly", but instead of when someone asks for water, if they ask for a light beer, they will just get sprayed with water.
     
  9. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    This is true everywhere but New Orleans.
     
  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Even a good New Orleans bar will serve you your drink in a glass, but offer you a "go cup" if you want to leave with it.

    But, we can make an exception for anywhere you can walk out into the street with your drink.

    Sadly, the no plastic cup rule will likely rule out most college bars.
     
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

     
  12. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    I like a bar in which they serve hard drinks for men who want to get drunk fast, and they don't need any characters around to give the joint "atmosphere."
     
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