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A bar could use round bottom beer
mugs to ensure that customers
ALWAYS have a beer in hand. Not
being able to set down a beer will
cause the customers to remember
their beers, and drink them faster.
The bar will sell more alcohol.
Although this is inconvenient for the
it could be leveraged by
the bar owner using the popularity/
demand for the particular bar. One
could switch to round bottomed beer
glasses after their bar became
popular, to sell more beer, after there
was already a large clientele base.
Alternately, the bar could only use
such beer mugs on certain occasions,
when they know attendance will be
high. Maybe in conjunction with
lower beer prices to lure in
customers. The bar could also only
use them on weekends, etc..
This idea would probably only be
useful in a college town, or other
suitable venue, where the customers
don't sit and talk, but are there to get
A mug recovery bin would need to be
used, to collect empty mugs -- the
ones that aren't going to be refilled.
Rings to hold mugs could be at the
bar for the use of the bartenders
only. (while filling multiple mugs, for
The mug recovery bin should be such
that nobody would willingly put their
mug into the device if they planned
to use it again, or to congregate
around it and let it hold their beers
(?) Round bottom drinking glasses.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 04 2004]
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||Why don't you just fill a trough at the bar with beer and charge a cover fee?
||You could couple this notion with a dimpled bar and bar tables, to allow the round bottomed glasses to sit safely. If the hollows were deep enough - that is, if they had an inch or so of straight side before the concave base - then you could eliminate the "you spilled my pint" problem prevalent in low budget UK sitcoms.
||Alternatively, just buy a packet of Polos before going out drinking. Instant minty beermats.
||Can't see it working since beer drinkers are such slow learners. Case in point: when the long neck replaced the stubby years ago, everyone I know bashed their teeth for ages after. Now the stubby is back, these same people are pouring beer down their fronts quite consistently.
||My mother in law has a set of these believe it or not. They have a ridge around the bottom to keep them from falling all the way over and the lip is made on a slant so that the weight of the extra glass always keeps the glass tilted in a way that doesn't let the liquid spill.
When I tried to find a link I found out that glasses used to be made this way to prevent bar fights, (can't set down your drink, can't brawl), and that's why they are called tumblers. [link]
||Wouldn't the constant tipping over and spilling lead to increased sales (ooooh woopsh wherzma pint gone? Better gerranurra one!)
And couldn't the decor of said salubrious establishment be a sort of steel grate over drainage pit to cope with the increased spillage? Could also be hosed out!
||It would be very annoying, and what if you must go to the bathroom? I guess you would need to finish your beer first. It would be a drag to light cigarrets as well with matches among other things
||Attatch a heated holder near the bathroom, so it heats up your drink the longer it sits, thus preventing people from using it excessively.