Alcohol can be such a huge stepping stone - or detriment - to being social. On one hand, it makes some people comfortable and laid back, willing to talk and be merry and cut loose. On the other hand, the wrong amount of alcohol can cause people to be angry, violent or just all-around grumps. There is a fine line between a good time and a horrible time and alcohol is the perfect way to hop, skip and jump right over that line.
It is really hard to meet new people when you are wobbly walking that thin line. Connecting with people, especially prospective dates, at a bar is such a crap shoot to begin with and alcohol only complicates it more. Are you going to get the flirtatious and fun new friends or the Incredible Hulk? It all depends on what they drank, and how much. A good rule of thumb: if you want to meet people at the bar, show up around 7 to 8 PM. People are having a good time and no one is sloppy or silly yet. Just make sure you time yourself right and depart before the clock strikes midnight. Nothing good happens after midnight.
A nerdy stick figure with glasses and a bowtie stands at the end of a bar. The bartender is serving a drink to a female stick figure saying, "Just keep 'em coming 'till that nerdy guy over there starts looking sexy."
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