When you're at one of the special Starbucks in the city, you can have either. Latte or beer? Frappuccino or Chardonnay? I was sitting at a long table -- yes, one of the space-wasters in the burbs but efficiency-enhancer in the city -- and drinking my coffee drink. Next to me were two women, one with a beer and one with a glass of white wine. I could smell their alcohol. I could smell my coffee. Oh, I loved both smells equally.
I guess there are a few of these Starbucks in the suburbs that offer wine and beer after 4pm. Woodfield Mall. Somewhere in Burr Ridge. I get the 4pm idea. But the women having drinks in the city were sitting next to me at 2pm-ish. Maybe they are lax with the rule in the city. Maybe the city subscribes to the notion of it being happy hour somewhere.
I see the value of having both offered. And, I think it's a good business idea. Starbucks would really stick it to me. I could see having a glass or two of Malbec with a friend and then needing to spend some time with an Americano before heading home. I don't have to leave my comfy chair that's been sat in by hundreds of people I don't know but, holy coffee bean, I may have just accrued a $50 bill. Nice move, Starbucks.
And my hair smells like ground coffee. Better than smelling like a bar, I'd say.
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