I’ve been to a bar twice in my lifetime.
I’m talking places that are strictly bars, not just places that have a bar (yes I’ve been to Chili’s everybody). Also, Hookah bars do not count.
Twice is probably a regular amount for an 18-year-old-with-no-fake-ID like myself.
My first time in a real bar I was 16. This band I really liked (and still do), Sequoyah Prep School, was playing there. My friend Sarah went early to ask the manager if her two minor friends could come to the show. He said yes obviously. I don’t know if he was allowed to do that, but I ain’t complaining! I’ll leave the name of the bar out of it so he won’t get in any trouble :). In case you were wondering, my parents were cool with me going as long as a stayed out of the “back room”. I’d love to tell you what goes on in the back room, but I don’t know because I never went back there… To be honest I think it’s just a bunch of old guys smoking and playing pool.
My second bar experience was this Thanksgiving. My dad was going to jam at a local bar that night (I think they were calling it the “tootin’ turkey stuffed jam session” or something festive like that). I decided to tag along for moral support, and to get some daddy-daughter bonding time.
I don’t know if you are aware of this, but it’s kind of awkward being in a bar when you’re under drinking age. Especially when you are alone and taking pictures of your dad who is playing some wild tunes on the keys. Maybe I should’ve ordered a drink: “Shirley Temple for me please!”.
I was also unaware that women dress up to go to the bar. They all wore heels; I wore my stretchy pants and turkey-stuffed tummy…
Tonight will be my third time going to a bar. Yes, I will be with my daddy again. Tonight’s show is for the “Juke Joint Junkies”, and I beleive he will be playing keys for them.
This time I will:
1. Bring another underage buddy with me. Tonight it will be Vilai, but I’ll have to find someone younger to take his place soon… He’s only got three more months of under drinking age usefulness.
2. Order a drink of some sort. Probably not a Shirley Temple, too sweet for my taste! Diet Coke? yes. It will be good to have something to sip on.
3. Wear Heels. Or maybe just cute flats… Or perhaps every day boots. But I’ll be sure to put on make-up… Well maybe not, but I’ll put on my contacts if nothing else… That’s fancy right?