Deano’s answer to: “What makes a bar worth visiting?”

Congruity between what is offered with regularity/predictability, and what the pool of potential clientele are looking for in a bar. This could be any, all, or none of the following:

  • Empty
  • Packed
  • Quiet
  • Loud
  • TOO LOUD
  • Great craft beers/well executed cocktails
  • cheap taps, bottles and well drinks
  • Excellent high quality cuisine for pre-dinner or late night eats
  • Bad, or at least bad for you food, that fills the stomach and holds off a good drunk
  • Strangers looking to talk
  • Strangers looking to be left alone
  • Dancing
  • Karaoke
  • Dark places to make out
  • Dark places to buy and sell narcotics
  • Photo Booths
  • Pinball
  • Free Peanuts or Popcorn
  • Decor with history and atmosphere – seedy, but comfortable
  • Clean and fresh decor – germ free and sanitary
  • Giant TVs to watch sports
  • Giant TVs to watch cult movies
  • Giant TVs to watch random mind-boggling video snippets (including music videos)
  • No TVs
  • Pool tables and/or foosball
  • Old people
  • Young people
  • Concentrations of people with a given cultural/ethnic background
  • Concentrations of people from all over, with no unifying theme
  • Locals
  • Out of Towners

And that's just off the top of my head. Unfortunately, the main thing that unifies all great bars around the world is dead simple: the ability to consistently stay afloat financially. Beyond that, the specific tactics, atmosphere, decor, food/drink menus vary far too much to give a good answer that is not necessarily based on personal preference.

What makes a bar worth visiting?

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