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Bar Vs. Personal drams

Less than 25% bar drams
25-45% bar drams
45-55% bar drams
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55-75% bar drams
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75% or more bar drams
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Pay by the glass or by the bottle?

Postby bjorn » Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:26 pm

What percentage of "good whisky drinkin'" do you do in bars compared to bottles owned by you or friends of yours? I'm not counting the bottle of Jameson you keep on hand for hosting or the Glenfiddich 12 yr that you settle for because they don't have Glen Googley Absinthe finish. Unless you specifically wanted to drink a GF 12, but that's your business.

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Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Feb 24, 2007 1:44 am

100% in my lair with the rare foray into someone else' demesnes. There are no decent bars with tolerable whiskies in this town, so it's better to stay in with my friends. You know the short glass ones in tubes sitting on my shelves? No Jamiesons yet, lots of other Irish 'though.

Gee, Mr T' , (and now you), seem to regularly be referring to this elusive "Glen Googlie" (now with an absinthe finish). You must have a better selection than I. :D :D :D
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Postby Quaichuser » Sat Feb 24, 2007 2:56 am

Let see now...6 votes in and it appears everyone is drinking at home.
Anaylists would have a field day with this :lol:

I'm with MP on this one. Finding a bar with any selection beyond Livet & Fiddich is a challenge for those of us in smaller cities. While I don't have a huge selection it is far better than any in the local bars.

Besides, drinking at home means no worries about the driving.
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Postby Jon Barleycorn » Sat Feb 24, 2007 5:40 am

Besides the driving, there is also the expense of having a glass of the good stuff at a bar. Baltimore has a decent single malt bar, but I've only managed to go there twice. Being a husband and father sharply limits my bar time, and bar budget as well!
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Postby Wave » Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:22 am

The last time I was in a bar/pub was for my class reunion in August. When I'm home (in town) I rarely go out to drink, the drink 'n' drive laws here have gotten so stupid over the years that I just don't want to chance it any more. Now when I'm traveling on vacation (usually abroad) you can usually find me in a pub ...somewhere ...nightly! :wink: :lol:

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Postby toshie » Sat Feb 24, 2007 10:58 am

Blessed with having the Pot Still on my way to the train station so I'm happy to have a dram there a couple of times a week. But the majority of dramming is done in the conservatory at home
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Postby Di Blasi » Sat Feb 24, 2007 12:07 pm

I have good and special stuff in my collection, things of my choosing of course, mostly purchased outside of Norway. And although the whisky selection continues to improve here, it's still somewhat limited. And there aren't many local bars here having a range that would get me to spend more than 25% of my budget or alcohol intake there.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:57 pm

Definitely less than 25% bar drams.
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Postby Mustardhead » Sun Feb 25, 2007 1:19 am

Maybe there needed to be a Less than 5% option ;)
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Postby BubbaC » Sun Feb 25, 2007 4:23 am

I do most of my whisky tasting at home. Prices at the bar are ludicrous... at least for a decent single malt. Then again, I got charged 7.50 for a Famous Grouse the other night. :?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:38 am

I don't know! I very rarely have drams out around here--only get out once every two or three weeks, and then just for pints with Bobby. (It's usually bowling night...but that's another whole story.) But I'm on the road a lot, and frequently find myself in walking distance of a good pub like Thomas Dunn in Québec, or L'Île Noir in Montréal; or in some hotel bar with good old 'Fiddich and 'Livet. Have enjoyed quite a bit of Glenlivet lately. Anyway, it's ahrd to quantify. But at that, I'd say very likely it's well under 25%.

Oh, I'm discounting that month in Scotland...okay, 50%. :oops:
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Postby TheLaddie » Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:14 pm

There are no good whisky bars locally but a very good whisky retailer virtually on my doorstep.

My busy job and young family limit my opportunities for social intercourse in any case.

Oh, and I have no friends...
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:51 pm

I only drink the odd whiskey in a bar when I'm out because ....

I can avail of a bigger and better selection at home to chose from than what's available in bars :roll: In Ireland high end whiskey is extortionate in bars :evil: and finally I find I cannot fully appreciate a good whisk(e)y in the a bar scenario.
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Postby les taylor » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:49 pm

99.9% At h0me or with friends. Good whisky can be expensive enough without paying the mark up on bar prices. Plus the measures are better. Also unless its a specialist bar the staff haven't a clue what they are serving and are not particularly interested, in my experience.

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Postby Paul A Jellis » Mon Feb 26, 2007 5:58 pm

Less than 25%. I occasionally go out on a Friday night, then I drink Bells, but last Friday my local had a bottle of Talisker on the shelf so I could not resist a few drams of that!
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Postby Dan G » Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:00 pm

I'd say 90% of my whisky drinking is at home. The only bar I drink it in is the faculty club at the university (I get in on my wife's membership...) where they have about 6-8 single malts at any one time. House standards are typical: Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, but they also always have a Macallan and the basic 10 yo Talisker and as well as a couple others. At $4 for a shot of Talisker, I don't mind paying for the odd drink there.

Most of my other bar drinking is beer. In social situations like that, sitting around in a pub with friends, I'm afraid if I drank whisky I'd either run out of money or end up too drunk too quickly! Beer just seems better for pubs, except the occassional shot of Jamieson's around midnight...
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Postby Thesh » Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:53 pm

I almost always drink at home.
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Postby Cam » Mon Feb 26, 2007 10:10 pm

I most always enjoy my malts in the comfort of my home.
Reasons: -the selection is better
-the atmosphere is better (quiet with a little blues in the background.
-the barkeep pours a better measure, without ice!

That being said, if I am looking to try a new (to me) whisky I'll search it out at a bar (preferably a fellow whisky drinkers) before putting out for a bottle.

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Postby bjorn » Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:35 pm

Well, it's clear that I should have asked 5% or less 5-15, 15-25, 25 or more...I might have gotten more data :wink: In any case, it looks like I'm not the only one in the 25 or less category.

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Postby Muskrat Portage » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:00 pm

Don't worry about it, posting on the Forum is a learning experience. Besides, you've posed the very first Poll I've ever seen where there was a 100% response rate to one choice. :D

Well done.

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Postby kljostad » Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:26 pm

I drink most of my Whisky at home, but from time to time I try out things I am curious about at a bar before I buy a whole bottle. Even though I live in Oslo, I always try out DiBlasis whisky-bar in Bergen while I am there. They even sell 2cl drinks, so I can try out a lot of different things without getting blind drunk.
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