06 December 2007

Important Issues Facing Copenhageners

There are important issues facing the good people of this city.

All too often you buy a beer all too close to closing time. The bar/nightclub closes at 5 or 6 in the morning. You have to leave.

You manage to sneak your beer out. But then there is the question of finding a morning bar - the kind that open when the bars close so you can keep drinking and, at some places, have some breakfast before you go home to sleep it off. You know one place. Your mates know another. You discuss. You finally decide. You all get on your bikes.

So. How does one transport that sneaked out beer?

See above.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is alcoholism a big problem in Copenhagen? Do really have morning bars?
Here, in the US, we have this vision of all Europeans as only drinking with meals and very little alcoholism. Are we wrong?

Anonymous said...

As a comment to Anonymous, I am an American who lived abroad in Italy for a bit. I would have to disagree with the idea that in the US we have one single vision for Europeans. I think of Italians and French sitting around drinking wine with their meals, but I imagine the Northern Europeans-- British, Danish, Dutch, Germans-- hitting the bars until the wee hours of the morning. In fact, when I lived in Italy, that is exactly what I saw. The Italians would go out and have a classy aperitivo, but it was the Northern Europeans that were the party until 4 am drunks.

Anonymous said...

I wish I had your problems.....Val

nollij said...

So… what you REALLY need is something to pour your beer into that is easy to drink from but won't spill (the pictured solution wouldn't last very far without spilling.) Of course, the simple solution is just to chug it and get on to the next bar, STAT. You can always pit stop at a liquor store if the next bar takes too long to get to. Riding with an open topped beer in the waterbottle cage is a sure-fire way to wet you pant legs.

Anonymous said...

This is from anonymous in the first comment. Other than the Irish and English, I did have the perception that all the rest of Europe only drank with meals. I had no idea they were out to the bars late at night. I guess the world is a small place, after all!
My other impression of Europeans is that they dress better than us, eat better (less junk), and they don't have the obesity we have. I also thought they were way ahead of us in alternative energy and reducing air pollution. Am I wrong about everything? Europe certainly has a much better bicycle culture than the US in general.
My oldest daughter goes to high school at a public school about 1.5 miles from our home. There are over 2200 students at this school. There is a tiny bike rack, and usually there are only about 5 bikes parked there. My daughter rides her bike because it is faster than walking, and she doesn't like walking with a heavy backpack. But, high school age kids consider it to be totally uncool to ride your bike to school or anywhere else for that matter. We live in Maryland. My daughter also told me most kids she knows think global warming is a farce.
My opinion is that it doesn't matter if global warming is true or not, who wants to breathe polluted air? I also think the US is totally stupid for staying in a position where we are dependent on hostile nations for their oil.

David in Malmö, Sweden said...

i don't understand the problem here. you drink while you ride, obviously!

about europeans and drinking: northern europe and the british isles = binge drinking. we mostly drink alcohol on weekends, but a lot. southern europe = i understand drinks go with meals mainly. although i've heard southern europeans are starting to appreciate a good binge nowadays. especially spain.

David in Malmö, Sweden said...

my apologies to the irish for using the word 'british isles' and including ireland in that... sorry, i'm drunk :)

DeepBlueSea said...

David, please, not all Scandinavians are binge drinkers. Not all drink only at the weekend. That's just another stereotype...

Zakkaliciousness said...

Just because we have morning bars does not mean we are all alcoholics, for heaven's sakes.

In many countries there are liberal, modern attitudes towards drinking laws.

I couldn't dream of living in a country where the government dictates what time of day you can enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, or dictates that you can't drink it in public.

Binge drinking is a British phenomenon, due to their restrictive drinking law culture. Binge drinking comes from centuries of being able to drink only until 22.00 or 23:00.

miketually said...

With the relaxation of licensing laws over here, we're now able to binge drink until 3am :)

I'm sure that, in a few years, we'll have got over the novelty and there will be much more civilised drinking behaviour.

Zakkaliciousness said...

the ones that don't die from it will soon get bored with it and then it will become a normal part of life... :-)