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The Return of Outdoor Drinking

March 20, 2012

During Prohibition, there was plenty of drinking going on. Sure, it was technically illegal, but as we all know, that didn’t stop the majority. It simply required a change in tactic. Most dramatically, city dwellers found themselves sneaking away to unmarked basement bars and secret meet-ups to imbibe and let loose. It’s a sentiment that has us now, inundated with modern twists on the speakeasy as we all love a little nostalgia. But as fun and exciting as the underground drinking was back then, and as hard as we try to make it cool for modern-day, an afternoon like yesterday’s has me thinking about what those during Prohibition missed out on. For almost 15 years, the winter turned to spring, and the spring into summer, while those that love to drink, were forced to remain indoors.

Now, obviously, this is a bit of an over-exaggeration, as I am sure there were those that found a way, but seriously…think about that for a second…

Is there anything better than outdoor drinking? Whether it’s the “outdoor seating” our favorite NYC spots cram on the sidewalk or the rooftop gatherings full of cold beer and tequila, I live for this time of year. There is a wonderful harmony that develops between raw energy and serious relaxation that can not be rivaled. So as the sun began to set and the temperature cooled just slightly, as if to remind me of how lucky I had been, I couldn’t help but sit back and enjoy this glass of red wine in Madison Square Park like maybe I never have before. Full disclosure: I’m pretty sure the intoxicating perfume of griddled beef had something to do with it as well, but regardless, outdoor drinking season is now officially open for business.

Because I assume you had been waiting for my declaration…

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