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divefl

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Self Service Bar Wed, 03/26/08 10:51 AM (permalink)
A sports bar in Georgia has installed beer taps on each table so patrons can serve themselves. Charges are by the ounce. Fabulous. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23783068/
 
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    divefl

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    RE: Self Service Bar Wed, 03/26/08 10:54 AM (permalink)
    I'd like to add on that nothing can replace a really top notch bartender or a bad but friendly bartender. But in these new cavernous sports bars with little character beyond the random sports memorabilia posted on every wall and an overworked waitstaff that is falling behind if they stay at your table for 30 seconds, what is really lost?
     
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      wheregreggeats.com

      RE: Self Service Bar Wed, 03/26/08 11:15 AM (permalink)
      The automat returns .
       
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        boyardee65

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        • Location: Surprise, AZ
        RE: Self Service Bar Wed, 03/26/08 11:41 AM (permalink)
        My question is, "how do the employees know when to cut someone off if they have had too much?" If the waiter is not at the table very often or not at all then who takes responsibility for the patron going out and seriously injuring or killing someone after they have had too much to drink. Where I live, The bartender is directly responsible for the patron's behavior after the leave the bar. If they go into another bar then the bartender who served them last is responsible. In this state, AZ. the bartender is criminally responsible as well as civilly liable. Just goes to show you that there a few bad ideas around out there. I guess I'll stay out of Georgia until they change that practice.

        J.M.H.O.

        David O.
         
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          divefl

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          RE: Self Service Bar Wed, 03/26/08 11:45 AM (permalink)
          Georgia may not have dram shop laws. My table would still require much food attention so we will be monitored. I like my apps in rounds.
           
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            NYNM

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            • Location: New York, NY/Santa Fe, NM
            RE: Self Service Bar Wed, 03/26/08 11:57 AM (permalink)
            I can imagine this is more convenient, and I can imagine this is more conductive to overdrinking (and overspending).
             
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              tamandmik

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              • Location: Las Cruces, NM
              RE: Self Service Bar Thu, 03/27/08 11:49 AM (permalink)
              The cut off is 180 ounces per table. What happens if only one person is seated at the table? Do the math: 180/12=15 beers. Someone send me an ambulance! Although there are probably some people who can funtion after 15 beers, I am not one of those blessed ones.
               
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                leethebard

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                RE: Self Service Bar Thu, 03/27/08 11:54 AM (permalink)
                I agree....one over thirsty,fast drinker,now drunk has used the limit for a table of slow drinkers,one of whom,hopefully, is his designated driver!
                 
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                  divefl

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                  RE: Self Service Bar Thu, 03/27/08 11:59 AM (permalink)
                  You have to be a little more than thirsty and fast to drink 15 beers. No one will accidently do that. And given the number of dui accidents and people with multiple dui convictions on their record I would say that being served in a normal fashion isn't really a fail safe.
                   
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                    foobuc

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                    • Location: fanwood, NJ
                    RE: Self Service Bar Thu, 03/27/08 8:05 PM (permalink)
                    i think a well trained bartender can monitor people drinking better than any waitstaff person regardless of how they are trained. If the wait person is busy, i think they may have a lapse in judgment or a laise-fair attitude towards the ones consuming due to their own time constrictions with other tables which will allow them to overconsume. thats tough to monitor imho
                     
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