There are many people like you who work up a sweat all week and anxiously wait for the weekend. When the time comes, you can always head to a nightclub or pub and blow off steam, meet new people, and create memories. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
This is one of the reasons why you love the nightlife, isn’t it right? A lot can happen in a club ranging from blooming relationships, breaking up, fist-fighting, and so on. But if you are someone who is a frequent visitor of clubs, chances are you already know about it.
However, there is something special in store for you: a list of five strange facts related to clubs and bars you probably were not aware of. So let’s begin, shall we?
1. Origin of Cocktails
There are heaps of theories about the origin of the word ‘Cocktail.’ The first one is based on old-school cockfighting that used to take place in the backrooms. The people who brought their roosters to participate in the fights would often feed them alcohol to make them more aggressive. These drinks were known as ‘cock ale,’ and later became the present day cocktail.
The next one suggests that the name cocktail is sourced from reputed Irish Chieftains. They used to add roosters’ tail to their drink because they thought it was classy. They liked to show off their class this way. This style became popular, which gave birth to the term cocktails.
2. US & Legal Drinking Age
Did you know that the US is among the very few countries that have set the highest legal age for drinking – 21? Only six percent of the nations, including the US, have imposed this legal age. On the other hand, there are many countries which don’t have any age restriction on drinking at all!
So it is more common for children to drink than wait to turn 21 before they can legally do so.
3. ‘Honest Abe’ Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln (a.k.a. Honest Abe Lincoln) was the 16th President of the United States of America. He always would be remembered for numerous things, and some of those are “the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, and his taste in classy headwear.”
What you probably don’t know is that back in the day, he owned a tavern and had a reputation for being an incredibly honest bartender. In truth, it was his fair dealings with the customers that earned him his nickname ‘Honest Abe,’ most probably because he never poured a short drink.
4. The Mystery Behind Toasting
Anyone who ever had a drink with a companion must be familiar with toasting. The ceremonial clinking of glasses is still recognized as a sign of friendship and respect, but it has not always been this way. Nowadays, we don’t have to worry about someone trying to poison us, at least not on a regular basis. Conversely, in Medieval Europe, it was fairly common for people to drink and dine with someone who could be secretly planning their death.
If someone handed them a drink, they would violently hit the glasses together so that the liquor from both the mugs gets mixed. It was to make sure that if the victim was going to get poisoned through their drink, they would take the culprit along with them.
5. Toronto’s Bar Connection
Toronto used to have one bar for every 70 individuals! Surprised? Well, it is not like they had many other options during their long, cold winters anyway. All they could do was stay at home or sit by the fireplace with a drink, play ice hockey after a couple of beers, etc.
During the 19th century, the drinking culture was at its peak. As a result, a large number of stores transformed themselves into full-time bars and pubs. There were a whole array of businesses running in Toronto but, since people were more interested in getting hammered, the entrepreneurs had no other option but to improvise.
These were some bewildering facts that only limited people know about. So, the next time you hit a nightclub in Rancho Cucamonga, make sure you pass on your newfound knowledge and impress your friends. That ought to do it for a great conversation over a few drinks. Cheers!