A Bar Cry
the void to be filled in our area’s bargoing experience
As I get further from my college years and closer to my thirties, I’m starting to realize that going to bars is more of a chore. Not just Water Street; most locals are sick of that scene after they graduate. I’m talking bars in general. It’s not because I don’t like to drink, can’t stay up late, or those kids play that rock music too darn loud. In fact it’s quite the opposite; I want to go to bars. I’m just getting bored, and want establishments to try harder for my patronage, not just expect it.
Having some taps and a rail full of sauce doesn’t cut it for me anymore. I need places that create an experience, with unique things to do and interesting places to inhabit. I admit that I’m full-fledged A.D.D. when it comes to bargoing. I can’t just sit still and imbibe alcohol. I need activities like pool, foosball, darts, bean bags, touch-screen games, bowling, karaoke, trivia, live music, and unique one-time events. I want mental and/or physical stimulation. And, as such, I’m getting kind of tired of our taverns.
Case in point: New Year’s and Halloween. These two indoctrinated annual drinking events rarely have anything special going on for your patronage. It’s assumed that people over 30 go to a friend’s house for a party, and those under 30 go to bars to get wasted and don’t care about anything else. This isn’t true, and may very well make people go to other markets in search of an experience.
Is it that much to ask for a place to book The Zombeatles (from Madison) or build a haunted house in the bar or something? What if one local place dropped something of their own on New Year’s? After time it could become a tradition. Can you imagine everyone gathering on Water Street to watch the dropping of the Gigantic Water Balloon of Sweet Chippewa River Water, or the Paul Bunyan-Shaped Piñata Filled with Truffles? Just a few ideas free associated in 10 seconds.