Being a "Regular" in Bars and beers Posted January 21, 2005 I moved in the last six months. My husband and I actually had ...TRYOUTS for what bar in our new hood would be our regular place. We narrowed it down to 3 from about 6. Criteria included good, dark beers on tap, a good burger, a TV that had sports, and a warm atmosphere. He'd always order the buger, and I'd try something different from the menu. Soups are important to us, too. We'd make sure that they REALLY have the beers that they have taps for...( fake taps, almost as prevelant as wine lists without the inventory) then we'd chat up the bartender, check out the crowd, see if the owner was on premises. To define regular, I would say we dine there once a week, plus I have lunch once a week, and we might bring a larger party once a month ( We did my son's theater group last month, 18 teens on a tuesday, nice bit of business) We also, over the holidays, checked with the owner and hired a favorite bartender to help with entertaining at our home. It was actually quite easy. We've got a wonderful, owner operated, Dead Guy on tap, good burger, great soups, good gyro sanwich, dinner specials like hangar steak with peppercorn sauce and garlic mashies, dart board, fish, bartenders with a smile..we are QUITE happy. What does this mean to us? In 6 months, they only bought us a drink once. BUT..I can go for lunch, alone, total comfort. My husband likes to add or subtract ingredients...against their no subs policy, and they do it. The owners, two sisters, thanked me for the xmas card I sent them..both of them, at seperate times. I was unhappy with the salmon I had bought for a recent party I was having..and upon hearing it, I was encouraged to order it through the restaurant next time. We were there on a Sat afternoon, and the three yound men (mid 20's) across the bar were talking about the rash one of them had...the owner looked at it, we all took a look...LYME"S disease, we agreed..she insisted he go to the medical center, she called ahead so they knew he was coming..and the next visit, confirmed to me that the guy did have Lyme's...he wrote a note for her to give to me to thank me for my motherly advice...I'm trying to set him up iwth my daughter (21) as we speak... what was the question???