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(Vox)   Bars and bar culture will never be the same because of the coronavirus pandemic   (vox.com) divider line
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490 clicks; posted to Food » on 25 Jun 2020 at 2:50 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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M-G [TotalFark]
2020-06-25 2:54:22 PM  
And nothing of value was lost?
 
2020-06-25 2:55:34 PM  
Yes it will... give it time.

Trust me. I know every little, but i know that much.
 
2020-06-25 2:56:57 PM  
"bar culture" = a herpes swab?
 
2020-06-25 2:59:44 PM  
Social distancing is impossible after three shots.

"NO! Imma...Imma tell YOU somthin.....YOU, you're my besht friend, goddammit!"

*Awkward bro-hug incoming in 5...4...3...2...1...*
 
2020-06-25 3:00:40 PM  
Good.

Does that mean the rash of pretentious, self-important bartenders telling us how to drink their artisan leavings has passed as well? Has the manufactured scarcity of "exclusive" bars enjoyed a timely death? Can we skip the VIP room bullshiat, finally?

Because I haven't missed bars at all. Staying at home to enjoy a top-shelf tipple without having the price quintuple because the bar has a one-word name in neon and the bartender has a beard on his face & a chip on his shoulder and the local mob isn't demanding a cut from the VIP "patrons" chugging Patron even as the booze itself has more water than whiskey in it has been an unmitigated joy.
 
2020-06-25 3:05:31 PM  

FormlessOne: Good.

Does that mean the rash of pretentious, self-important bartenders telling us how to drink their artisan leavings has passed as well? Has the manufactured scarcity of "exclusive" bars enjoyed a timely death? Can we skip the VIP room bullshiat, finally?

Because I haven't missed bars at all. Staying at home to enjoy a top-shelf tipple without having the price quintuple because the bar has a one-word name in neon and the bartender has a beard on his face & a chip on his shoulder and the local mob isn't demanding a cut from the VIP "patrons" chugging Patron even as the booze itself has more water than whiskey in it has been an unmitigated joy.


So. Not a pub guy. Got it.
 
2020-06-25 3:15:23 PM  

mainsail: FormlessOne: Good.

Does that mean the rash of pretentious, self-important bartenders telling us how to drink their artisan leavings has passed as well? Has the manufactured scarcity of "exclusive" bars enjoyed a timely death? Can we skip the VIP room bullshiat, finally?

Because I haven't missed bars at all. Staying at home to enjoy a top-shelf tipple without having the price quintuple because the bar has a one-word name in neon and the bartender has a beard on his face & a chip on his shoulder and the local mob isn't demanding a cut from the VIP "patrons" chugging Patron even as the booze itself has more water than whiskey in it has been an unmitigated joy.

So. Not a pub guy. Got it.


Oh, no - I'm quite the pub guy. If, by "pub," you mean "a place where you can go to drink with friends, hang out, and enjoy your surroundings." I practically grew up in the Webster Fish & Game Club, thanks to my parents - I developed my love of all things offal thanks to eating bar snacks for dinner.

What I'm describing above isn't any of that, though.
 
2020-06-25 3:21:24 PM  
Not much lost from the typical "bar" culture.
I'm not talking about casual hangouts (which seem to be fading away), but the "hot spots" that make their money by packing the place.
People need to stop breeding so much anyways... virus out front should have told you.
 
2020-06-25 3:32:16 PM  
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I respectfully ask that you "wet-blanket" teetotallers GTFO!!
 
2020-06-25 3:37:40 PM  
Doesn't help that I can get a six-pack of my favorites for the price of a shorted pint in a bar.
 
2020-06-25 3:49:37 PM  
dude, people like to party.  people like to party with others, like to dance, like the loud music and atmosphere at bars and clubs.  It'll be back.
 
2020-06-25 3:55:09 PM  

PainInTheASP: Social distancing is impossible after three shots.

"NO! Imma...Imma tell YOU somthin.....YOU, you're my besht friend, goddammit!"

*Awkward bro-hug incoming in 5...4...3...2...1...*


Lightweight
 
2020-06-25 4:03:22 PM  

FormlessOne: mainsail: FormlessOne: Good.

Does that mean the rash of pretentious, self-important bartenders telling us how to drink their artisan leavings has passed as well? Has the manufactured scarcity of "exclusive" bars enjoyed a timely death? Can we skip the VIP room bullshiat, finally?

Because I haven't missed bars at all. Staying at home to enjoy a top-shelf tipple without having the price quintuple because the bar has a one-word name in neon and the bartender has a beard on his face & a chip on his shoulder and the local mob isn't demanding a cut from the VIP "patrons" chugging Patron even as the booze itself has more water than whiskey in it has been an unmitigated joy.

So. Not a pub guy. Got it.

Oh, no - I'm quite the pub guy. If, by "pub," you mean "a place where you can go to drink with friends, hang out, and enjoy your surroundings." I practically grew up in the Webster Fish & Game Club, thanks to my parents - I developed my love of all things offal thanks to eating bar snacks for dinner.

What I'm describing above isn't any of that, though.


Sorry- it sounded like that was the kind of place you went a great deal.
 
2020-06-25 4:19:19 PM  

natazha: Doesn't help that I can get a six-pack of my favorites for the price of a shorted pint in a bar.


That's a big part of it, at least for me.
 
2020-06-25 4:33:01 PM  

FormlessOne: natazha: Doesn't help that I can get a six-pack of my favorites for the price of a shorted pint in a bar.

That's a big part of it, at least for me.


That's always been part of it, or at least it should have been.
For the price of 2 crap beers in a noisy place, I can have a 6-pack of quality in a quiet place.
Doesn't mean i have to have the entire 6 pack, and it doesn't mean my friends can't join...
 
2020-06-25 4:59:09 PM  
Are VR bars the way of the future? I'm starting to think that Ready Player One might actually be an accurate portrayal of what the future may look like... except everyone in the real world will look like an extra from Wall-E
 
2020-06-25 5:11:59 PM  
Assuming for the sake of argument that covid passes, via herd immunity, vaccine, or just plain luck.  Bars will be back and hopefully I'll be there having Friday Happy hour with my friends.
 
2020-06-25 5:17:27 PM  
You gotta admit, the mixology profession was always pretty shaky.  I have mixed feelings about its potential demise or hibernation.
 
2020-06-25 5:34:56 PM  

FormlessOne: Good.

Does that mean the rash of pretentious, self-important bartenders telling us how to drink their artisan leavings has passed as well? Has the manufactured scarcity of "exclusive" bars enjoyed a timely death? Can we skip the VIP room bullshiat, finally?

Because I haven't missed bars at all. Staying at home to enjoy a top-shelf tipple without having the price quintuple because the bar has a one-word name in neon and the bartender has a beard on his face & a chip on his shoulder and the local mob isn't demanding a cut from the VIP "patrons" chugging Patron even as the booze itself has more water than whiskey in it has been an unmitigated joy.


I get the feeling that they have not missed you at all either.
 
2020-06-25 5:50:00 PM  

Percise1: FormlessOne: natazha: Doesn't help that I can get a six-pack of my favorites for the price of a shorted pint in a bar.

That's a big part of it, at least for me.

That's always been part of it, or at least it should have been.
For the price of 2 crap beers in a noisy place, I can have a 6-pack of quality in a quiet place.
Doesn't mean i have to have the entire 6 pack, and it doesn't mean my friends can't join...


It wasn't always like that, though. For the price of a pitcher or two, I and a few friends could hang out at a relatively quiet bar, play darts, and chat with new folks. Now, you're likely to be rushed out the door because your table isn't turning over enough to justify your "seat rental." The bar used to be a place to meet - now it's a place to see & be seen, which isn't really the same thing.
 
2020-06-25 6:43:15 PM  
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I've been out to a bar twice since February and both times it was to Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona, WI

Order a drink at their outside bar or inside bar while wearing a mask and then go sit outside on their large outside property where there wasn't another person within 20 feet.  You can also bring your own chairs and plop down wherever you want.  That's the extent of my bar visits for the foreseeable future, definitely not going to a crowded bar where I have to be inside.
 
2020-06-25 7:17:46 PM  
What where bars like before measles? Or the plague? About the same? Yup. Stupid farking premise submitter
 
2020-06-25 7:45:35 PM  
People are social animals. People like to have a few drinks while being social. Bars may be shuttered or mostly empty right now, but there will always be bars.
 
2020-06-25 9:20:33 PM  

M-G: And nothing of value was lost?


It's traditional that we get a few dozen comments in before the shut-ins and misanthropes decide to piss all over eveeybody's good time.
 
2020-06-26 6:13:41 AM  
Every pandemic eventually ends, and the human race has proved quite conclusively that it doesn't learn from the past or its mistakes.  So yes, bar culture will eventually return and be the same as it was before.
 
2020-06-26 9:55:31 AM  
As some Farker that I don't remember said back in April: "You know what happened after the 1918 Pandemic? Woodstock."

That said, I'm sure the pandemic will kill a lot of bars and some amount of evolution will result, but they'll be back.
 
2020-06-26 11:58:42 AM  
I'd like to live long enough to see the return of Open Mic nights.
 
2020-06-26 5:39:41 PM  
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Having a Wilder weekend
 
2020-06-26 7:30:43 PM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: Every pandemic eventually ends, and the human race has proved quite conclusively that it doesn't learn from the past or its mistakes.  So yes, bar culture will eventually return and be the same as it was before.


We seemed to have been acting as if the Spanish Flu never happened so you might be correct.
This culture seems a little different though and we might overreact to every subsequent outbreak long before it becomes a pandemic.
That would not go one forever, but I can't guess how long.
 
2020-06-27 1:14:49 AM  

FormlessOne: Percise1: FormlessOne: natazha: Doesn't help that I can get a six-pack of my favorites for the price of a shorted pint in a bar.

That's a big part of it, at least for me.

That's always been part of it, or at least it should have been.
For the price of 2 crap beers in a noisy place, I can have a 6-pack of quality in a quiet place.
Doesn't mean i have to have the entire 6 pack, and it doesn't mean my friends can't join...

It wasn't always like that, though. For the price of a pitcher or two, I and a few friends could hang out at a relatively quiet bar, play darts, and chat with new folks. Now, you're likely to be rushed out the door because your table isn't turning over enough to justify your "seat rental." The bar used to be a place to meet - now it's a place to see & be seen, which isn't really the same thing.


This is true, but I was looking at it from a "now" rather than "then" view. I used to play league pool, but it wasn't by the pitcher... 1 beer an hour so I didn't get sloppy, smoke if you got them.
Agreed, it isn't the same, which is why I don't mourn it. ;)

Rackem!
 
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