Do “drink specials” motivate you?
I’ve always been curious about all these bar specials that are advertised all over the place.
Where/what do you drink?
I can understand local bars who are in close proximity to each other, using bar specials as a way to lure patrons to their establishment… But would never EVER choose a bar based on what craptastic piss-water they’re selling “on the cheap” (although I have some friends that might…)
Hoboken411 recommends drinking wisely
With the “tough economic times” we’re in, I’d think that practically ALL drinks you’d purchase at a bar – are ALWAYS much MUCH more expensive than drinking at home prior to going out – regardless of how “cheap” they sound. So if your goal is to “drain your sorrows away with alcohol” – then take it from me – buy from a discount liquor store – and save your money!
If it’s the social scene you desire – my suggestion is start out somewhere with a “pre-party” or gathering – then pick your one and final bar destination (for however long that may be) – and drink at a slower pace. DO NOT GET LURED IN BY LAME DRINK SPECIALS!! They still add up (with tip – and over-indulgence), and will always cost more than alternative approaches.
However, there are some instances where specials might come in handy – especially if there’s a specific event attached (primarily sports). Often times, good specials and free or heavily discounted food – really is a pretty decent value…
Some bar owners prefer to avoid that crowd
I spoke with a couple bar owners around town – and some said that the “crowd” that is typically associated with the el cheapo drinks – are ones they’d like to avoid. While a few others cater to the younger drinking crowd, and can handle the mayhem that frequently comes with it. It all depends on the venue, I guess.
I also feel that age and economic strength play a significant role in this equation as well.. While the younger “frat crowd” might certainly get motivated by the $2 mugs along first street, while older, more seasoned drinkers are less influenced by the cost. Spend some time at a liquor store one day, and watch what customers buy. You can probably tell where they’d hang out – based on their purchases!