Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Agree to Disagree

So Bennigan's is closing today. A loss for the economy, not so much for the palate, you know? I, like many of my peers, always hated those shitty restaurants with random crap on the wall that desperately tried to make it look "unique" and "crazy." Turns out there's actually a name for those restaurants and they're supposedly THE place to see and be seen! Direct from Wikipedia I give you the FERN BAR....

Fern bar is a slang term for an upscale or preppy (yuppie) bar or tavern usually decorated with ferns or other "fussy" plants, as well as such decor as fake Tiffany lamps. The phrase came into common use in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Typical drinks served included wine spritzers or pina coladas. Franchises sometimes labeled "fern bars" include T.G.I. Friday's, Bennigan's, Houlihan's.

Fern bars were a gathering place for well-dressed "upscale" young men and women, pejoratively felt to be more interested in seeing each other and being seen than in simply drinking and talking, as might be expected in a "bar-bar" (i.e. a local dive or watering hole, etc.).

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