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Would you rather have a clean bar seat, or a clean bathroom?

November 02, 2011|RedEye

What is a bar-gument, you say? For as long as there have been watering holes, there have been disagreements. Some people prefer martinis with gin, some with vodka. Bar-guments is here to settle some longstanding bar conflicts once and for all.

THIS WEEK: Which is more important--a clean bar seat, or a clean bathroom?

Bar seat
Do I appreciate a tidy bathroom at a bar? Absolutely. But I don't select a watering hole based on the cleanliness of the room where I'm going to spend the least amount of time. Getting ranch on my jeans after sliding in a booth or my skirt sticking to a barstool because someone spilled a fruity martini on it an hour earlier is not OK. No matter how disgusting the bathroom is, you can usually work around the filth, but unless you want to stand all night, a clean chair is a must.--Dana Kavan


There is rarely a mess on a bar seat that a good wipe of a rag or napkin can't handle. And if the thought of lingering germs really has you that nervous--hey, at least you've got a pair of jeans between you and the gross. Bathrooms, on the other hand, are on a whole different level of disgusting. There is no dishrag in the world that can handle some of those messes. Am I going to avoid a bar just because the bathroom is bad? No. But, given the choice, I'd rather brush off a few crumbs than play the "to squat or not" game.Emily Van Zandt

Last round’s results:

Are 5 a.m. bars a good idea?

Yes: 71%

No: 29%

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