Happy In Bag

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Giving Me the Willies

I don't believe that I've ever been inside an eating or drinking establishment with less personality than Willie's. It makes Arby's seem exotic by comparision. I darkened the door of Willie's last Friday night to take advantage of its strongest asset- sightlines of the activity outside the main gate of the Sprint Center a couple hundred yards away. Although the pub also offers fast, efficient service and decent grub, it's entirely devoid of distinctive character.


  • At 2:28 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    It's just a bar for crying out loud- a place to get out of the weather, off the street and drink, and eat if you want.

    You shouldn't expect so much from a beerhall. Themed dining franchises with bogus collectibles tacked upon the wall have heightened your expectations beyond the realm of practicality.

    In a bar, it's the PATRON's role to provide the character and personality (think TV's "Cheers"- did anyone really give a shit what the bar looked like?)

    The best bars I've ever visited, and some of the best times, were the crappiest dives you could imagine. The joints that provide all the make-believe trappings in an attempt to front-load my mood are the ones that leave me cold.

    So by all means, visit Willy's again, and drink, DRINK! and be merry; invest of yourself in the place! They've provided the bar, the chairs and the booze- the "personality" and "character" are up to YOU!!!

  • At 3:46 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Well put, CD. And I completely agree with all your points.

    There's nothing wrong with Willie's. It's not a dive, it's not a dreaded "theme" joint, it's not a snobbish upscale tavern. It's just... nothing.

    But fear not- given its location, I will frequent Willie's with regularity.

  • At 9:31 AM, Blogger FletcherDodge said…

    No place frequented by HIB could be totally devoid of character.


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