The game is boring if no-one's scoring!
The entire point of a bar is to "get a little bit buzzed" and not "sit there f---ing analyzing beer." Anthony Bourdain as per article in Telegraph
I couldn't agree more with "Anto". I prefer the term "boozer" myself, as the term bar has now lost it's meaning. I have no real issue with the craft beers as long as they help with the "buzz". Real boozers are ignited not by the history or ingredients of the product they serve but the atmosphere the boozer creates.
When I took over Slattery's Pub it was an old man's pub. Old men don't score. At 33 years of age I considered what a single guy like me wanted and I had a fair idea what women wanted... decent men.
- I didn't want bright lights which show up everything - so in came the dimmers and the candles. People are much more attractive in low lighting and again in candle light.
- I didn't want people to hear my flirty conversations, my brilliant one liners and my killer jokes so I increased the volume of the music blocking out the chatter and making my conversation intimate.
- I got rid of all low seating. If I was a girl I would not want to be sitting at bum and balls level. Ensure everyone's lips are at eye level, when seated or standing and we're all in the game.
- The bar needed to be people friendly so a no dick head policy was put in place. A dick head is the person or group that you don't want at your house party.
Now the question was how to fill the place. Well here is the secret. We served great stout which brought in decent men. The no dick head policy and high stools filtered this segment nicely. Then we showed sport properly. Like no one else. We concentrated on rugby which for whatever reason has a higher female following. In advance of our plan working, we served good wine by the glass and our spirits were always fairly priced. In fact during a 2 year spell we served all drinks at €5, whether it was Guinness or Heineken, a Bombay and Tonic or a Glass of Wine - all €5. We never advertised - it was a secret that everybody knew.
Now - here is the trick... instead of making the place perfect for beautiful people, we made it perfect for a decent bloke. A decent bloke and his decent mates. The decent blokes came, and were quickly followed by beautiful people. Of course I applied the same to our LGBT community - I am only using male/female here because that's what I know (ahem).
The atmosphere created by sexual attraction is second to none. Males and females enjoying beers and conversation. The buzz of a great boozer lubricates everything and a normal Thursday night becomes an event, a memory. But that was a Thursday and so they returned on Saturdays. It's a boozer where people score... and I've lost count of the many relationships that began in the pub. Those stories are for another blog post.
That's what I love about Slattery's Pub, it's a boozer, a place where you don't analyse the food or beer, you analyse the conversation or just the lips delivering the words. I think that is what Anthony Bourdain was talking about and I totally fucking agree!