I never went to bars in college because of the cost and the strict age requirements.
Most of the people I went to school with were drinking before 21, but few were brave enough to try this out of their dorm rooms or apartments.
But the worst factor has always been the cost of alcohol at most bars, especially in coastal cities like mine. These days I have to drink water beer just to afford the cost of getting buzzed inside a bar with one of my friends, but sometimes it’s worth it to me if we can walk downtown afterward. There’s a beach, fishing pier, and jetty all within walking distance of many of the bars downtown. It’s nice to get pleasantly buzzed before heading out toward the ocean for some ambience. One of my favorite bars has been owned by the same family for the past 40 years. Naturally, the building is old and has many old amenities. One of the worst examples is the HVAC system that was previously installed inside. Whenever the doors would open, naturally cool air would escape and the bar would feel hot and humid inside. When I heard they were closing for a day to install a new heating and cooling system, I was excited and happy at last to have a better indoor comfort at the bar. In the summer, I don’t like drinking outside because of the high heat. Thankfully the bar’s new HVAC system keeps the interior comfortably cool throughout the daytime and evening hours. I can’t believe I suffered for so long without proper a/c at the local bar.