One of the worst pieces of writing about D.C. ever to be drafted on napkins in the Condé Nast cafeteria, it claims that nightlife in Washington is cleaved in twain, with young republican prepsters at Smith Point on one side and “hipster” (by which, oddly, they seem to mean “ethnically diverse,” but that interesting use of poetic license may be among the least of the factual errors in the piece) progressives at Local 16 on the other.
The two groups intermix at a couple of spots (see map), but there is no room for anybody to enjoy the culture of the city outside the confines of after-work happy hours at hill staffer bars.
Related, we were recently sent a press release recently about what I can only assume was a very scientific and non-biased survey conducted by the PR firm of the world’s fourth largest spirits company. They claimed to interview 100 Washington area bartenders for information about partisanship and drinking. Results included the findings that Democrats tip better (60% to 38%) and are girl-drink drunks (58% to 34%).
I was ready to brush all of as ridiculous, were it not for this one thing that keeps bothering me. After I read this article yesterday afternoon, I went out to a friend’s birthday party. The friend is a progressive political professional. The party was at Local 16. (I tipped well.)