Bars, breweries, and other drinking establishments do more for the communities in which they reside than simply provide a place to drink. Sure, offering a place for a cold beer after a long day’s work is a vital service, but drinking establishments do so much more for their communities.
They provide a hub for socialization
Beer lovers know that bars can serve as the great equalizer. When you enter a bar, you’re sharing a space with other members of your community, all united for a common purpose. More so than any other public establishment, everyone is your friend when you’re drinking in a bar.
The socialization opportunities provided by drinking establishments are well-documented. Oxford University cites a study that shows how local bars make us feel more connected to our communities.
“[Researchers] found that people who have a ‘local’ that they visit regularly tend to feel more socially engaged and contented, and are more likely to trust other members of their community. They also observed that those without a local pub had significantly smaller social networks and felt less engaged with, and trusting of, their local communities,” says the University.
Local drinking establishments provide us with a way to experience some face-to-face, real-life interactions with people – as opposed to the digital interactions that have overtaken our culture. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with connecting with people online, but there really is no substitute for in-person socialization.
They provide spaces for community activism
The “pub” has a long tradition of being the place where people of action meet to formulate ideas and plans about doing good for their communities. Centuries of public drinking haven’t changed this. When it comes to organizing, promoting, and hosting community events, there’s no better place than a local drinking establishment.
These days, if you want to hold a fundraiser for a local charity or community organization, you’ll likely turn to your favorite bar or brewery for support. Not only will your fundraiser benefit from being held in a drinking establishment, but your local bar or brewery will likely be more than willing to host fundraiser that benefit their community (the uptake in business is a nice bonus, too). One of the most popular forms of community fundraising these days is the bar crawl, in which groups organize at bars and walk from bar to bar, drinking and raising money at each stop.
At Lang’s, we host many fundraisers throughout the year and support many non-profit’s through charitable donations. We also host our annual Ed Lang Memorial Scholarship Fund Singles Tournament and Car Show in the summer. The Ed Lang Memorial Fund raises funds for college bound junior bowlers through the tournament and for the RI Community Food Bank through the car show. Ask us about hosting a great fundraiser for your cause!
They provide a friendly atmosphere for the community’s pets
Drinking establishments have fast become the premier place to bring your canine friend, and pet-friendly bars and breweries are now the norm. There’s really nothing better than the ability to stop by a bar and have a drink when you’re out on your evening walk with Rex.
While many focus on human socialization as a prime benefit of bars, their role and a venue for dog socialization is just as important. Most dog experts say that it is crucial to expose your dog to people and other dogs of all shapes and sizes, in varying environments. Drinking establishments can, at times, be a little more raucous and, at times, a bit more on the chill side. You’re bound to meet people and dogs of all stripes at a bar or a brewery.
“Your dog should meet men, women, boys, girls, babies, old people, large and small people. He should meet people with sunglasses, big coats, beards, mustaches and people of all races. Your puppy should also meet dogs of all sizes and colors. He should visit many different environments – parks, pet stores, lakes, restaurants and noisy areas,” notes BarkHappy.com.
Drinking establishments provide much more than alcohol. They are vital pillars of their communities than give us a place to socialize and organize.
Here at Lang’s, we recently opened the all new Lang’s Lounge, featuring over 20 local, domestic and craft brews on tap, full bar, a Whiskey Bar with over 60 brands, specialty drinks and much more. We welcome you to come visit the new bar, check out photos of Lang’s past preserved in time under the counter top, people watch the bowlers on the lanes and make Lang’s Lounge your local hangout.
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