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As some of us know from first-hand experience, it’s not hard to get into trouble at a bar. In some states, it’s surprisingly easy to go one step further and break the law. In Indiana, for instance, apparently it is illegal to carry a cocktail from the bar to a table; only the server is allowed to do that. Likewise, in Hawaii, you can legally order only one drink at a time. Your friends have to buy their own, and any minors who were hoping you’d get them a cocktail have to go to Plan B.
In the past year, complaint calls to 311 have reported loud music and talking. Said one local resident, “You will be shocked about the conversations you can hear from my bed. They’re animals. Friday and Saturday night, it’s like animal town.”
Thomas Foolery - Washington, DC
If you are dressed like Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do a decent Running Man, you get 10 percent off. If you play hopscotch and buy something for 30 days in a row, you can pick a beer for the menu and get menu credit.
Hop Sing Laundromat - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Yelper Steve T. reports that a bouncer let him know that wearing a paper bag on one’s head is also not allowed.
Green Russell - Denver, Colorado
Other rules are more behavioral suggestions: “Be kind and dress smartly” and “Please be patient. Your cocktail is being made with loving hands and quality ingredients.”
Lounge Bohemia - London
Said London blogger Drisk, in Time Out: “A while back now I became obsessed with finding the perfect bar to be able to have a proper conversation with friends.... Lounge Bohemia has all of the perks of a private members’ bar without actually being one. It doesn’t come with entry criteria or even a hint of snootiness from patrons or staff, all you do need to do is book ahead and what you get is great drinks in a comfortable bar while you relax and talk (not shout) to friends.”
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