Last Call. A nice back bar addition. To be rung at last call every night.
You will love it and hate it.
This may be the hardest blog post to write because quite frankly, I have never been a fan of last call. It generally means the party is over and I am usually one of the last one’s at the party, I inherited this from my Grandparents (Grandpa and Grandma Basler) who would never leave a party early. They closed down every wedding they ever attended and I always keep them in mind when I think about leaving early. I ask myself, “WWGBD?” I have spent a considerable portion of my life in bars. Whether I have been working in a bar or drinking in a bar, I have logged some incredible hours. If it wasn’t for Last Call, I would have spent a lot more time in bars but honestly Last Call has been more of a friend to me than I give Last Call credit. Quite honestly, I take advantage of the Last Call only when I am not driving. But at a place like the Civil Life, Last call comes early enough that it may even be your First Call of the evening. Thus drinking at the Civil Life gives you the opportunity to enjoy your evening and even make it home early enough to have a productive following day. In some cases, drinking at the Civil Life gives you the opportunity to enjoy the Civil Life for a while and then head to some of South City’s neighborhood establishments for their Last Call. Places like the Royale, the Bleeding Deacon, Amsterdam Tavern, Tower Pub and Mangia. Or maybe you live a bit further away and can hit a Last Call in your neighborhood pub and tickle your liver one more time before calling it a day. Which means you could have two last calls in one evening and if you stay out even later you could head to another bar and have a third last Call.
It is definitely true that our last call is considerably earlier than a very large majority of bars (99.9%)and that when the bell rings at 10 pm or shortly thereafter many people think the Civil Life is closing too early. There are many reasons for the early closing time. First of all, the Civil Life is in a great neighborhood and getting to operate within this great neighborhood was like winning the neighbor lottery. They have all been so kind and I honestly already pushed back the closing time as originally I had informed them I would be closing at 9:00 pm. Fortunately, after the first few weeks I asked them if they had been hearing anything and everyone had said there were no noise issues when people were leaving. So I quietly moved the last call back a bit and as long as all of our very Civil Civil Life customers continue in their obvious Civil manner we should be able to continue. We also do not rush people out right at 10 and allow people to mingle and finish their drinks in a fair amount of time. I wouldn’t expect someone to order a drink at 10 and be out at 10:15.
So here is to our Last Call bell... which will be put into service tonight.
Hello earthlings. I have been sent here to open a brewery. I hope you have time over the next year to check in from time to time and see our progress (or lack there of at times).
Morning beer delivery at Tynan’s Bridge House Bar in Kilkenny, Ireland.