Tuesday 29 August 2006 6.44pm
My friends answer was that we always meet in a straight bar.
Sorry - I meant what was your friend's answer to the question of why it was important to her to sometimes meet up for a drink in a gay bar.
A bar is a bar and people are people.
If you never had reason to patronise a bar which caters for a specific group then I can see why you might think this. But try telling that to me and my Irish mates when we're desperate to see a gaelic football match on the telly. Or to me and my gay mates when we want to go out dancing to crap 80s pop with each other without worrying whether anyone else is offended by / uncomfortable with men dancing with each other (whether to crap 80s pop or not).
Obviously most of the time people go to a pub for just a drink and a chat and it shouldnt really matter whether its an Irish pub or a gay pub or any other kind of pub (and indeed most gay people I know mostly drink in non-gay pubs most of the time). But if you go there at others times for events that do cater for you then you're more likely to become a regular and enjoy going there (and if you dont go they might just close down - the closest Irish bar to me is now a Chinese take-away and I have to travel a little further to catch those gaelic football matches!).
I dont know why your friend would raise it as an issue for your drinks after work though - which is why I was wondering what answer she gave.