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Where can I get a drink around here?

By awoodall
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 10:16 am in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

The perennial question. But would it surprise you to know that there are 1.52 bars on average for every 10,000 people in the United States? In Oakland there are more bars than grocery stores, book stores or museums. We are not alone, according to FloatingSheep.com, which shows the states that make up what they call the beer belly of America. Those are states in which bars outnumber grocery stores. It’s startling when you see it on a map.
Starting in Illinois, the beer belly expands up into Wisconsin and first spreads westward through Iowa/Minnesota and then engulfs Nebraska, and the Dakotas before petering out (like a pair of love handles) in Wyoming and Montana, according to FloatingSheep. Northern and Southern California are among the few locationsĀ on this coast to share the dubious distinction.

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2 Responses to “Where can I get a drink around here?”

  1. Al Says:

    You didn’t mention 2 of my favorites: Smitty’s on Grand Avenue and 19th Street Station on 19th Street.

  2. HeadinHands Says:

    You are quite possibly the biggest twit of a writer I’ve ever read. I quote you, “(like a pair of love handles)” -Do you edit drafts? ‘Love handles’ implies plural, that’s why the s is there. Adding the word ‘pair’ is reiterating. It is redundant. Unless you were speaking of two individuals with unflattering waistlines, it does not work. Did they solicit you on the street and hand you the job, or?

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