The institution of the neighborhood bar is giving way to the genteel a bit of booze along with your taco salad or hamburger. And where there's food, there's less opportunity to get seriously drunk. And, now and then, we need to do that.
Every year, reports the New York Post, about 609 neighborhood bars shut down. And only 334 new ones spring up.
If you have been observing this, you probably noticed that the replacements lack the dirty smelly ethos of the authentic neighborhood bar. That makes it less likely a good old-fashioned fight will break out over a babe. Or you could leave your troubles behind.