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Would you order a beer at Starbucks? Vote!

December 13, 2011|RedEye Staff

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.

Go to a Starbucks sometime next year and you may see something a little stronger on the drinks menu: Beer and wine. In Chicago, Starbucks Coffee Co. plans to open up to seven locations by the end of 2012 that will sell alcohol, according to the Tribune. The company has been testing the concept for a few years in Seattle, and results have been positive.

But will Chicagoans give up their after-work dives and restaurant lounges for a cold one served up by a barista?

This week: Would you drink a beer at Starbucks?


Two ways to get buzzed in one location? That’s a win-win in my book. I drink coffee only occasionally, though I know plenty of people who need it like plants crave sunlight. So I’m all for indulging in a craft brew at Starbucks while my friends get their caffeine fix. You can’t tell me it’s more outlandish than paying $5 for coffee. I wouldn’ tbe mad at Starbucks if it offered its own coffee stout, either. –Chris Sosa



Have you ever gone to Noodles & Company and seen the one dude in the corner who ordered the bottle of wine with his mac and cheese? Yeah, grabbing a beer at Starbucks is going to make you that guy (or girl). I’ve got no qualms with the ‘Bucks, but the phrase “Hey, beer time on Friday! Let’s go to the place that also serves non-fat chai tea lattes” should never be uttered. –Mick Swasko

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