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Flowers, Magazines, Free Beauty Products — Wait, This Is A Bar?!?!

Call me prissy, but I avoid bars like I avoid men who wear bow ties. The loud music, the basketball game on TV, the syphilitic-looking bathrooms? No thank you. I’d much rather meet my girls for a Frappuccino or a mani-pedi, any place where the seats aren’t sticky. But if dive bars took a cue from the Brits, I might be convinced to change my ways: Greene King, a chain of pubs in the U.K., is revamping 1,600 watering holes to make them friendlier to female customers. According to London’s Daily Mail, Greene King pubs are wooing the ladies by offering larger wine glasses, decorating the bar tops with flowers and magazines, and filling the bathroom with free toiletries. “Pubs often fail to accommodate women eating and drinking alone or out with other female friends,” said Greene King’s director of recruitment. “Typically pubs generally target mainly men, under 25s and families, and we need to redress the balance.” Even though these perks are supposed to appeal to the so-called “SWAG” demographic — Sassy, Wise And Grown Up, meaning over age 35 — you won’t hear me complaining if someone girly-ed up the local dive. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Bottoms Up! Drink Away Recession Blues

In rain or shine, economic ups or downs…people will hit the bars. The question is where can you find a bar that doesn’t exactly have set prices? Well apparently, the Dow Jones Bar. After hearing about this “great” spot from some of my new yorker friends I decided to investigate. Not only does New York have their own Dow Jones bar but forms of it are popping up in places from Barcelona and England to Kuala Lumpur. It works like this: prices will go up and down on screens depending on how many people are buying at the time. If a man next to you just bought a rum and coke, the price will go up andm if you’re not too tipsy to pay attention you can still strategically buy up all the cheaper drinks. Although it depends which bar you are in, Barcelona’s Dow Jones rigs its machine sot hat every half an hour the market crashes, orange lights go off and drinks drop to their minimum price which of course makes everyone run back and buy another round. The good news is, game or not, the bar never lets the price of drinks get too high to afford even if it is good business. Now, I’m not too sure if alcohol and stock exchanges are a good mix but in this recession, it may be a smart gamble. Finally a bar where you really can call the shots. [La Bolsa Bar (spanish stock exchange)] Keep reading »

Tuesday Quickies!

  • Watermelon is the new Viagra, only with seeds! [Asylum]
  • Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves named their little baby boy Levi. Sigh. Cooter Adonis was sooo much cuter. Oh well. [DListed]
  • Peephole panties offer “butt cleavage.”[Tango]
  • What to expect at sex therapy. [Dear Sugar]
  • How to navigate the bar like, uh, one of The Frisky editors. [Shine.Yahoo]
  • Get ready to pay for pricey bottled water — it’s summer music festival season! [Matador Nights]
  • Can Madonna spin her way out of this latest mess? [Showbiz Tonight]
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    Lip Taken Out Of Service

    The 670,000 women in the British service industry won’t let you call them sweetheart — or baby, or darling, or sweet cheeks, or even honey. Just like the women in 9 to 5 sans the ball-gagged boss, Women and Equalities Minister Harriet Harman is putting an end to womanizing in overlooked workplaces. Minister Harman has used her new position to create a statute that will require bar, restaurant, hotel, and even gym managers to be responsible for protecting their female employees from sexual harassment. Since service industry jobs are known for their client lip service, the change is expected to cost British companies 10 million pounds to enforce, according to the government office. So while sexist comments might make the employees feel cheap, the repercussions certainly aren’t. Keep reading »

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