Surly Bartender Not Included
February 20, 2021 2:40 PM   Subscribe

I Miss My Bar. Ambient bar sounds so you can recreate your favorite haunt at home.
posted by Diskeater (22 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
alternately ... D&D Ambience - Bar Room Brawl
posted by philip-random at 3:21 PM on February 20 [3 favorites]

Be true to your bar!
posted by kaibutsu at 3:46 PM on February 20

>Surly Bartender Not Included

I said, I miss my bar.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 4:30 PM on February 20 [5 favorites]

I don't think the local ax bar that opened in 2019 survived. That was going to be my spot. I took the kids a couple times. Sad.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 5:35 PM on February 20 [1 favorite]

I miss karaoke.
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:58 PM on February 20 [2 favorites]

Had a beer at my favorite local brewery today. Couldn’t chat with the bartender as they were too busy and there’s a plexiglass sheet in front of you but at least the head brewer stopped by to talk for a few minutes. Not quite optimal but it was nice nonetheless.
posted by tommasz at 6:36 PM on February 20 [1 favorite]

Needs a slider for "briefly-overheard drug deal".

So you got any .... sure are you looking .... niiiiiiice .... fifty per ..... yeah I'll take ..... cool man .... lemme know if you ... oh definitely ... hey if you get any .... you bet ... haven't heard of much ... i'll check my guys
posted by aramaic at 6:42 PM on February 20 [11 favorites]

Every Saturday morning, my kid and I eat takeout breakfast at home. We always put on background sounds. Usually YouTube restaurant sounds, sometimes D&D ambience like dungeons and seaside villages and things.

This is going to be great.
posted by gurple at 6:52 PM on February 20 [8 favorites]

Gurple: might want to make sure these are sounds from a bar that also serves food so OK for minors to be served.
posted by Insert Clever Name Here at 7:16 PM on February 20 [2 favorites]

By far my favorite country song, after Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.
posted by Droll Lord at 7:29 PM on February 20 [2 favorites]

I hadn’t realized how much I missed this soundscape until I played it.
posted by jquinby at 8:11 PM on February 20 [4 favorites]

After damn near a year at home (with the exception of getting meds or shuttling the pets to various vets), I can't wait to go and stand at a brewery taproom and have a damn pint of beer.
posted by drewbage1847 at 9:41 PM on February 20 [4 favorites]

For best effect you gotta turn your bathroom light on, lock and close the door, then wait until you REALLY have to pee and just stand outside your locked bathroom looking at your phone while holding it in
posted by windbox at 10:02 PM on February 20 [20 favorites]

I don't know if it gets to this, but it needs that occasional massive group "WOOOOOO!" and clinks of glasses all around from a semi-distant table.
posted by limeonaire at 11:16 PM on February 20 [5 favorites]

Surly this...
posted by chavenet at 4:20 AM on February 21 [2 favorites]

Way back when we had Grateful Dead shows, I had a taping buddy who would run multiple decks, and invariably he would let one of them just roll through halftime, recording the arena/stadium ambient sound. And occasionally, late at night I'd be driving down the road, and the first set (or encore) would end and there would be 10 minutes of just listening to people going to the bathroom and to get a beer, plans for after the show, just ordinary people.

I Miss Jerry.
posted by mikelieman at 6:59 AM on February 21 [5 favorites]

I love this. I miss my bar so much. It may have closed down for good.

I don't recall ever hearing crickets there, though :-D

Post your bar!
posted by Tom-B at 7:03 AM on February 21

Missing the sound of shoe soles unpeeling from the sticky floor partially dried cocktail spill.
posted by BrotherCaine at 10:21 AM on February 21

Smith's Tavern, 440 5th Ave. Brooklyn.
posted by Wetterschneider at 3:08 PM on February 21

I miss hanging out with the old corner crew at my local pub here. We called it the "Book Club", and it was an interesting cross section of ages probably 25-78, all sorts of professions, natives, transplants expats etc... Conversations were pleasant, often hilarious and always welcoming. Strangers visiting the pub would tend to gravitate to the group and seamlessly meld right in like old friends. We lost one member two years ago and the local sportswriter (a club regular), did a touching article on their friendship. We then all got together and had an amazing evening of laughs in his honor.

Now with Covid, the group has faded for obvious reasons and I just heard another beloved member has passed on. What's sad is we will have to wait to get together and raise a glass to him. I'm not even sure who all will return, or if it will ever capture that magic of the Friday after work "Book Club" again, but I do miss it.
posted by remo at 8:03 AM on February 22 [2 favorites]

How did they get smell to work over audio? Because I swear I got a whiff of that dive bar piss-and-beer smell. And I'd be lying if I said, awful as that smell is, that it didn't make me nostalgic.
posted by treepour at 12:50 PM on February 22 [1 favorite]

Post your bar!

The Patterson House, where we've gone with friends and just done several rounds of drinks with apps in-between. Turned it into a whole evening. I wish it was a closer drive; it's all the way up in Nashville.
posted by jquinby at 3:02 PM on February 22

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