Weekend options

This weekend I had the best of both worlds. Well, of two worlds. Friday night I got out of the Diamond Lake neighborhood I call home and experienced the Loop, a loud, trendy bar in the warehouse district (at least I call it trendy, my friend from L.A. so eloquently described it as “crappy”–but she’s the one that suggested we go). I had a great time, ordered plenty of expensive drinks, chat-yelled with friends and strangers alike, and bumped into an old high school friend. Then the next night, we went out to the neighborhood bar, Tailgate, a sports bar within spitting distance of my back door at which I am becoming somewhat of a regular (how could you not?). We once again had a great time, ordered plenty of less-expensive drinks (two-for-ones till midnight), used our inside voices to talk (that is until we threw a couple rounds down the hatches), and, coincidentally, ran into some old high school buddies. So I got the best two worlds: riding the distance to drink, and staying close enough to fall home after too many. Next weekend, my bank account has me checking out a third world: we’ll call it staying in all weekend.

When it’s time to make the decision, what factors go into choosing where you go?

4 Comments so far

  1. Wendy (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    I was not a fan of the Loop at all. We stopped in for a shot, just to see what it was like, and I’d have to agree with your friend who called it “crappy”.

    Usually location determines where I go, or word of mouth/reviews of people I know. So, in short, there’s not one thing that dictates the location of where my vodka & Red Bull will be served.

  2. Justin (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

    In all fairness, the Loop is one of her favorite bars (if I understand her correctly – it may be the crush she has on one of the owners) and she was comparing the Loop to L.A. bars when she called the Loop “crappy.”

  3. Erica M (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    I agree, location and word of mouth are the chief factors. I don’t go out enough to be in the position of wanting to try out the new new place very often.

  4. Hannah (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 2:39 pm

    Generally we hit up our neighborhood bar for convenience’s sake, but we do like to hit up the Indy now and again for their awesome happy hour, Red Dragon for their really strong drinks, etc.

    Essentially, it’s all location-location-location, but we like to shake it up occasionally with a new place, or at least a change of pace from the same ol’ thing.

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