Nightclubs and bars are just business for some people. Others perceive them as the best places to have a party and relax. Similarly to many other things in our surroundings, over time, bars and lounges became cultural places. Some bars are in business for such a long time that they become exclusive tourist destinations. Like any other type of institution which exists for a long time, clubs have their own history and trivia.
- Whenever you toast with someone, you usually touch glasses. This custom originates from Medieval Europe where poisoning was a normal thing. In order for people to reduce the chances of getting poisoned, they banged cups together so that the drink could spill into other person’s cup.
- After World War II, the Japanese government enacted a law which prohibits people from dancing in clubs that have less than 66 square meters.
- Toronto, Canada had one bar for every 70 people during 19th century. There were so many people that liked to drink, that even those who had regular stores turned their businesses to bars. A good example is D.W. Alexander – a Toronto bar and lounge which served as a leather and hide shop in the past.
- The number one drink in many nightclubs is vodka, mainly fueled by large numbers of Russians visiting these establishments. Of course, vodka is the number one drink in Russia as well.
- During the seventies and early eighties, a nightclub in Chicago, called Warehouse, started playing early house songs. House music was associated with Warehouse’s music. As the time passed, house music as a term transcended the place itself.
- Cocktails represent one of the most popular drinks in a club. There are two main theories which explain how these mixtures got their name. Back in the day, rooster fights were popular. Before the fight, the owner of the animal would give it an alcoholic drink called cock ale. Another story tells us that chieftains in Ireland liked to put a rooster’s tail in their drink to signify their importance in society.
- In Serbia, the production of liquor is on a high level. Most of the agricultural families produce it for their own use. They manage to make it from 30 different fruits which are at their disposal. So you have “rakia” made from quince, walnut, fig, pomegranate, pear, prune and many other fruits. Naturally, part of it is reaching their local clubs.
- There is a term called six o’clock swill which was used in Australia and New Zealand. Most of the bars and clubs closed at 6 pm, so people that were finishing work at four or five o’clock would rush to these establishments, drink as much as they could, get out when it closed its doors and threw up on the street.
- Some European countries are starting to merge their local bars and marijuana. Today, there are many marijuana bars in Netherlands and Czech Republic, which sell marijuana and beer to their customers. Strangely enough, marijuana is regarded as tobacco, so it is not allowed to be smoked and drank in the same room (there are special rooms for marijuana smokers and non-smokers).
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