Drinking alone is a completely acceptable activity. And if you do it at the right place in the right way, it can be an incredibly relaxing and fun grown-up use of your time. We’ve already covered the etiquette of drinking alone, so now it’s time to talk about location. While you can drink alone wherever you darn well please, some bars are better suited for it than others. Here are nine signs to look out for the next time you’re looking to pull up a solo bar stool.
There are open bar stools.
If you can’t immediately slide onto a bar stool, then the bar you’re looking at is much too crowded. Drinking alone is nothing to be ashamed of, but you still don’t want to draw attention to yourself by standing around awkwardly waiting for a spot to sit.
You could read if you wanted to.
Even if you aren’t planning on reading, the brightness of a bar gives you good insight into the type of bar it is. And the best solo bars are lit well enough so that you are able to read. If it’s too dark, you’re at a date bar. If it’s weirdly glowy, you’re at a party bar. If it’s lit with pink neon lights, you are just plain risking your vision.