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(NBC Chicago)   Alcohol free bar set to open in the NW Chicago suburb Crystal Lake. No, I didn't say free alcohol, I said alcohol free. Doesn't matter anyways, Jason will get you   (nbcchicago.com) divider line 84
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2013-04-14 03:48:33 PM
...so it's a rec center...
 
2013-04-14 03:54:31 PM
Why?

/just give me your investment money
//you'll get the same return
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2013-04-14 04:02:04 PM
Worst idea ever
 
2013-04-14 04:04:38 PM
"Chachachachahachachaha......"
 
2013-04-14 04:10:26 PM
If it helps with rehab, good on them.
 
2013-04-14 04:12:26 PM
The bar intends to unite the area's sober community, as well as others wanting to enjoy substance-free fun, and give sober people more than just a movie theater or park for entertainment.

Or pretty much every single other establishment and attraction in the world except for bars?

I suppose it could be a good step for people in recovery to be in that kind of environment without the availability of alcohol, in order to work their way up to socializing (without partaking) in places that do serve alcohol. But it seems more likely that it would just trigger cravings that would have gone untriggered at the millions of other booze free places in the world.
 
2013-04-14 04:28:20 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: If it helps with rehab, good on them.


I dnrtfa but i figure this is the reasoning
 
2013-04-14 04:40:07 PM

hubiestubert: ...so it's a rec center...


this
 
2013-04-14 05:41:40 PM

aimtastic: Or pretty much every single other establishment and attraction in the world except for bars?

I suppose it could be a good step for people in recovery to be in that kind of environment without the availability of alcohol, in order to work their way up to socializing (without partaking) in places that do serve alcohol. But it seems more likely that it would just trigger cravings that would have gone untriggered at the millions of other booze free places in the world.


I'm kinda thinking this.  I get the idea I guess, but I'm thinking the whole bar scene, minus the alcohol, is still not a good place for a recovering alcoholic to be.

Of course having lived in suburban Chicago for 30+ years... there's not much else to do outside the city proper.
 
2013-04-14 06:08:13 PM
Which means it will be overrun by teenagers in no time.
 
2013-04-14 06:45:27 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Which means it will be overrun by teenagers in no time.


Which is not unlike the bars being overrun by early 20's douchebags in no time

/why do douchebags pile into country bars at midnight?
 
2013-04-14 06:45:31 PM
A place that will be filled by Mormons and Jehovas Witnesses.  This is great as a place that I will know to avoid.
 
2013-04-14 06:46:05 PM
I'm gonna play Word Police here, and declare "Alcohol-free bar" an oxymoron. In spirit, if not by strict dictionary definition.
 
2013-04-14 06:46:42 PM
We had one of these back where grew up. All the druggies loved it.
 
2013-04-14 06:47:52 PM
I worked in Crystal Lake for IDOT way back in the '70s. We surveyed the Route 31 bridge over the RR tracks, where we spotted a couple of bikini-clad women.  Our transits got a workout that day.
 
2013-04-14 06:48:12 PM
static.comicvine.com

No booze?  Guess I'll get straight to killing.
 
2013-04-14 06:48:16 PM
Sounds sad
 
2013-04-14 06:49:37 PM
I'm opening a shooting gallery without heroin down the street.
 
2013-04-14 06:50:26 PM
Yes.  Stupid indeed.  Lets make a bar where people who don't indulge in the most damaging substance to society can mingle.
 
2013-04-14 06:51:45 PM
Anyone wanna come to my opium free den?
 
2013-04-14 06:53:23 PM

proton: Yes.  Stupid indeed.  Lets make a bar where people who don't indulge in the most damaging substance to society can mingle.


0/10. We know all that heroin and your mom's messy vaginal discharge exist.
 
2013-04-14 06:53:58 PM
It's intended for the recovering-addict community.  Wonder if they'll admit everyone.

I spent a lot of time in an alcohol-free pool hall.  A lot of adults came there to play their best.
 
2013-04-14 06:54:35 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Popcorn Johnny: Which means it will be overrun by teenagers in no time.

Which is not unlike the bars being overrun by early 20's douchebags in no time

/why do douchebags pile into country bars at midnight?


Hey I get there well before midnight!
 
2013-04-14 06:55:07 PM
I want...

www.platypuscomix.net
...a martini!
 
2013-04-14 06:56:20 PM

Oldiron_79: Anyone wanna come to my opium free den?


That depends. Can I step nonchalantly over the dragon?
 
2013-04-14 07:00:02 PM

aimtastic: The bar intends to unite the area's sober community, as well as others wanting to enjoy substance-free fun, and give sober people more than just a movie theater or park for entertainment.

Or pretty much every single other establishment and attraction in the world except for bars?

I suppose it could be a good step for people in recovery to be in that kind of environment without the availability of alcohol, in order to work their way up to socializing (without partaking) in places that do serve alcohol. But it seems more likely that it would just trigger cravings that would have gone untriggered at the millions of other booze free places in the world.


More than a few times I've found groups of people "in recovery" (hate that phrase) at bars. Mainly because the bar knows them and makes sure not to serve them and they get the social aspect of going to a familiar place. Hell one of the owners of one of the most divy gay bars I know I know frequently speaks at high end treatment facilities.
 
2013-04-14 07:00:38 PM

proton: Yes.  Stupid indeed.  Lets make a bar where people who don't indulge in the most damaging substance to society can mingle.


In a big city there are probably enough teetotalers around to make it work.  It sounds sort of like a pool hall combined with a coffee shop in terms of the lineup (pool tables + open mic night and live music) with a couple of other games thrown in (the ping pong, bag toss, and darts).  I hung out at plenty of pool halls and coffee houses with my friends when I was in HS, so there should be a market for it.

The only thing that seems wrong about it is calling it a bar.  The primary purpose of a bar is socialization enhanced by alcohol - this place has no alcohol, so I don't see it as a bar.
 
2013-04-14 07:02:22 PM
I can see it appealing to Mormon relatives of mine. Like my sister- she doesn't drink and isn't comfortable with the bar scene, but she loves billiards and darts.
 
2013-04-14 07:02:55 PM
Doesn't AA have lounges in most cities?
 
2013-04-14 07:06:25 PM

redmid17: Smeggy Smurf: Popcorn Johnny: Which means it will be overrun by teenagers in no time.

Which is not unlike the bars being overrun by early 20's douchebags in no time

/why do douchebags pile into country bars at midnight?

Hey I get there well before midnight!


then stay in your bar and out of mine
 
2013-04-14 07:07:08 PM
Since I got one of those god-forsaken blow'n'go devices installed by law in my vehicle I would actually consider going to a place like that.  I feel like too much of a schmuck to go to an ordinary bar and just order water or a Shirley Temple or something lame and piss off a money hungry bartender.
 
2013-04-14 07:07:20 PM
Step right up. Crack free crack house over here. Thats right you can smoke all the breadcrumbs and lint you can find cause we aint got no crack here.
 
2013-04-14 07:08:23 PM
Future venue for Chicago's worst Fark party ever.
 
2013-04-14 07:09:07 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: proton: Yes.  Stupid indeed.  Lets make a bar where people who don't indulge in the most damaging substance to society can mingle.

0/10. We know all that heroin and your mom's messy vaginal discharge exist.


Heroin is not does not cause more damage to society than Alcohol.  Perhaps a little time spent on researching the matter would have saved you the embarrassment of this ban worthy post.
 
2013-04-14 07:09:12 PM
The only thing that makes bars fun is the alcohol.  If I wasn't getting farked up I would never go into one.
 
2013-04-14 07:13:57 PM
Crystal Lake is a suburb??  It was surrounded my farmland when I fled the Midwest.
 
2013-04-14 07:14:09 PM

kiwimoogle84: I can see it appealing to Mormon relatives of mine. Like my sister- she doesn't drink and isn't comfortable with the bar scene, but she loves billiards and darts.


Dated a Mormon for a bit, and we hit an English style pub fair often--she had a huge thing for HP sauce--and the not drinking, but being social wasn't a bad thing. Then again, she waited tables, so she was sort of inured to the bar scene. Also more than a little wild at heart, so she fit in just fine even without a cocktail or beer in her hand.
 
2013-04-14 07:19:28 PM
Wouldn't an "alcohol-free bar" be a...restaurant?
 
2013-04-14 07:21:03 PM

Gyrfalcon: Wouldn't an "alcohol-free bar" be a...restaurant?


Shhhhh...they're living the dream. Living. The. Dream.
 
2013-04-14 07:26:00 PM

Smeggy Smurf: redmid17: Smeggy Smurf: Popcorn Johnny: Which means it will be overrun by teenagers in no time.

Which is not unlike the bars being overrun by early 20's douchebags in no time

/why do douchebags pile into country bars at midnight?

Hey I get there well before midnight!

then stay in your bar and out of mine


Jesus Mr. Butthurt. It was supposed to be a joke but clearly your precious little snowflake self couldn't handle it. There aren't exactly a lot of country bars in Chicago, so feel free to drink alone in your closet. You clearly don't mind being alone.
 
2013-04-14 07:26:34 PM
imageshack.us
 
2013-04-14 07:29:57 PM
Im sure this is fine and helps the addicts realize they can sit in a bar and NOT order a drink out of habit.
 
2013-04-14 07:31:25 PM
Hanging out and getting drunk in a bar full of cool people is awesome. Hanging out sober in a bar full of cool, drunk people sucks. I'm not an alcoholic or in recovery, I just don't really enjoy drinking anymore (BLASPHEMY!). The older I get the harder it is to metabolize alcohol- one or two drinks knocks me right out. I'd rather stay home, smoke a joint and work on my hobbies. I'd love to go to a place to dance and meet people without all the baggage that alcohol brings to the party ('I loooove you, man'...'Are you looking at my old lady?'...'Wahhhh, why hasn't he called me?'...'Yer my best friend ever!'). Unfortunately the only places that offer alcohol free nightlife are filled with religious nuts and recovery losers, both blathering about their 'higher powers' with that desperate 'fake it til you make it' vibe. Where do normal folks who don't drink hang out?
 
2013-04-14 07:32:28 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Popcorn Johnny: Which means it will be overrun by teenagers in no time.

Which is not unlike the bars being overrun by early 20's douchebags in no time

/why do douchebags pile into country bars at midnight?


So they can stay home all night drinking taaka brand vodak for pennies and then come in near closing to gather the drunk chicks without having to spend any money...er i'm guessing.
 
2013-04-14 07:33:43 PM

berylman: Since I got one of those god-forsaken blow'n'go devices installed by law in my vehicle I would actually consider going to a place like that.  I feel like too much of a schmuck to go to an ordinary bar and just order water or a Shirley Temple or something lame and piss off a money hungry bartender.


I used to go to a bar that carried a 'microbrew' rootbeer that looked a lot like Guiness in a pint glass. Just tip your barman well- he won't care.
 
2013-04-14 07:34:50 PM
TuteTibiImperes: sounds sort of like a pool hall combined with a coffee shop in terms of the lineup (pool tables + open mic night and live music) with a couple of other games thrown in (the ping pong, bag toss, and darts)...The only thing that seems wrong about it is calling it a bar.  The primary purpose of a bar is socialization enhanced by alcohol

Agreed.

They should market it as fantastic pool hall with karaoke, ping pong, darts and lots of big-ass TVs to watch a game.

It doesn't have to be a second-rate initiation of a "real" bar.
 
2013-04-14 07:43:16 PM
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KILL KILL KILLL KILL
 
2013-04-14 07:46:17 PM

belhade: I want...

[www.platypuscomix.net image 729x407]
...a martini!


Martinis are for squares, man.
 
2013-04-14 07:47:51 PM
i49.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-14 07:54:46 PM
Do you still have to be 21 to get in?
 
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