So A Girl Walks Into a Bar…

17 Jul

…and sits there by herself reading a magazine and drinking a beer! A HA HA HA! Get it? Ok, not a great joke, but it is the description of what I did Tuesday night. After having a less than awesome day at work all I wanted was a beer, to not think about the pile of laundry in the corner, and to read the back issues of Food and Wine I was falling behind on. So, I grabbed the stack of mags and walked up the street to Toronado, parked it at the bar, and enjoyed two Pliny’s while reading food porn. For a minute or two, I was really self conscious about sitting alone at a bar while there were people all around me talking and laughing with each other. I had that flash back to junior high where you all of a sudden feel everyone’s judging you, panicked and almost ran out of there with my periodicals fluttering in my wake.  But then, I took a minute and thought, “I don’t really care. I’m having a great time” and I was. It felt nice to just have a little selfish time. It’s also really quite freeing to not feel like you have to be with people to be out in the beer drinking world. I know there’s probably some sweet prejudices about a girl alone at a bar, but I don’t think I gave off the sad alcoholic vibe or made it clear that I was there in a “professional” capacity. Maybe its just me, but hookers probably don’t do a lot of note taking while reading culinary magazines. Moral of the story: I will definitely be instituting Self Date Night once a week from now on.  It was a great way to push the boundaries of my comfort zone, and allow me an excuse to get out to all of the bars and restaurants in my area that I’ve been looking to try. So, if you see a chick with brown hair and maybe glasses sitting at a bar in San Diego reading something nerdy, it’s probably me. Say hi!

2 Responses to “So A Girl Walks Into a Bar…”

  1. Beer Newb July 31, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Hmmm, where was the Bartender? The Bartender is supposed to always be your friend – be there for you with a fresh clean glass ready for your next round. Though, there is no need to feel self conscious. I know plenty of people who do business in bars, I even had a professor in college who claimed he taught a night course at the bar instead of the classroom (and who did spill beer on his laptop…).

    • shelikesbeer July 31, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

      I want to take that class!
      I actually chatted with the bartender about reading at the bar on Self Date Night on Thursday. He said a lot of people go there to read and study, apparently its starting to be like a coffee shop…but with beer.

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