Business: Bar: Theme: Simulation
The Garage   (+1)  [vote for, against]
A bar/pub just like your parent's garage!

To take you back to the carefree days of hanging out with your hoodlum friends, it would have all the proper details:

- Cement floor with lots of oil stains
- Unfinished walls (with visible studs, no insulation)
- One whole wall would be a working garage door (only to be used in case of emergency mass exit)
- Tons of old junk in the corners and hanging on the walls (gardening tools, auto parts, paint cans...)
- Ratty old couches and other abandoned furniture for seating
- Uncovered hanging light bulb on a chain type lighting
- The bartender (liquor license optional) resembles your drunk uncle and serves only cheep beer in cans from a cooler
- The bathrooms would resemble a moonlit patch of bushes outside and around the corner
- For music, there are two options
1) An old boom-box playing classic rock tapes
2) A garage band. And by this I mean a group of no more than three people, preferably all playing guitar, who have practiced together at MOST 3 times. Acceptable song requests for this band should include Stairway to Heaven, Freebird, and Layla among others. The band is not obligated to play entire songs, just the solos – anything more is bonus entertainment. If any band playing in said Garage is able to play 75% or more of the songs on their setlist from start to finish, that band will not be allowed back (it is time for them to move onto a real gig). And out of a setlist that consists of 10 songs, there shall be a maximum of 6 unique songs (i.e. 4 of the songs must be repeats).

Well, I did the initial creative thinking here. I’ll just wait for one of you to pony up the investment money and get this place on its feet…
-- luecke, Nov 18 2003

The Cavern
[po, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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[thejini, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

baked. anyone's garage :)
-- po, Nov 18 2003

I agree po, but I think what luecke thought about here is that we all come to an age where you rather ruin somebody else's house... even if it's the garage.
-- Pericles, Nov 18 2003

Its our racing paddock ... just with partygoers
-- Letsbuildafort, Nov 18 2003

Very true, Pericles. I was really focusing more on the music aspect though...

My original idea was to have a bar that only allows garage bands to perform. Though if you think about it, a band really ceases to be a “garage band” once they get to be good enough to play bars. So I was stuck in a bit of a catch 22. I decided that the only place a garage band really can play (obviously) is in a garage and for this “bar” to exist, it would have to be in that form.
-- luecke, Nov 18 2003


reminds me for some reason of the beatles.
-- po, Nov 18 2003

GM Place in Vancouver is nicknamed The Garage, so does that bake the idea? Any band that could pack that building (19,000 plus) would certainly exceed your requirements, though.
-- Canuck, Apr 19 2004

This actually wouldn't be that hard to make into a profitable bar...

You could have some kegs that you have to pump yourself. You could sell cups for $10 and give them a wristband with it, anyone filling a cup without a band gets the boot. Everyone loves cheap beer, and this would help fill up the place.

Most of the money would come from the actual bar. You could have a crappy plywood bar, but they'd serve any drink at normal cheap bar prices.

You could light marijuana scented incense to add to the atmosphere.

You'd only really need two employees. They could roll out another keg when one gets tapped and bartend in between.

The idea of live music is excellent. You'd just hire local bands for peanuts. You could even have a monthly battle of the bands.

The outside would just be a garage door with some graffiti on it and a side door with a bare light bulb over it and some graffiti on the door that says "the garage". People would check it out because of curiosity and through word of mouth.
-- thejini, May 19 2004

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