Perhaps these places only exist in the movies or on TV shows, but where are the mellow bars where people go to sit, have a drink and quietly chat with the people around them? Where are the bars that don’t play ear-splittingly loud music because some study said that would make people drink more? Where are the bars where you don’t have large groups of people laughing and talking so loudly that you can barely hear yourself think? Where do serious drinkers go to imbibe in peace?
I had a lovely weekend staying at an historic hotel (another blog on that altogether). After dinner, my husband and I thought we’d pop into the bar for a drink. The larger lobby bar had a jazz band that was too loud for us. So we went upstairs to the smaller lounge. After securing drinks from the bar, we found a place to sit. Within a few moments, we were overwhelmed by the large group of people chatting and laughing at top volume nearby. The space couldn’t absorb all of the sound and it was just bouncing right into my ears. We finished up our drinks and left.
Perhaps I should just take up day drinking.
I started fantasizing about creating my perfect bar. The one where I control the volume of any music played. The bar that I can keep large groups from entering (four people together max). A place for drinkers who want a tasty cocktail in a chill atmosphere. Sunday nights would be a Tiki Party (and no TVs with football anywhere to be found).
I could just sit at home and drink, but there is something about communal drinking that I enjoy. I like paying someone else to shake up that cocktail and pour it into a fancy glass for me. I like dim lighting and light chatter and chuckling while I knock one back.
There is a place for me. There has to be. I can’t be the only one who wants this, can I?