Only In L.A. Does The Weather Give The Nightlife A Buzzkill
It’s chilly and misty tonight – a Friday night – and I won’t be going out tonight.
This is not because I do not want to go out, but I know it’s pointless.
That’s because I live in Los Angeles, and in L.A., people don’t go out to the bars when the weather is not nice. They stay home when the weather dips to a chilly 50-something, or if the skies are not clear. Rain is particularly a buzz kill for the bars.
This is particularly true in the Beach Cities (Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach). And it’s not the guys – heck, men will (and do) go out in a blizzard if that’s what we’ve got to do in order to meet a woman. It’s the ladies that don’t go out when it’s cold or raining. And if there are no women out, there are less men out, as well.
They don’t want their hair to get messed up or their clothes to get wet when its raining. They don’t want to hid their fabulous bodies with coats and non-revealing clothing when it’s cold.
This must drive bar owners, bartenders and waitresses crazy. The bar loses money and the bartenders and waitresses lose tip money because they don’t have as many customers. Where else in the world does the weather dictate bar and restaurant tips? San Diego, maybe!?
The reason for this is that when people move to Southern California, with its 325 days of sunshine, and in particularly at the beach with mild mid-70s weather for most of the year, and no humidity, they become spoiled. They don’t want to bother getting off the cozy couch to go out in less than ideal conditions. Weather wimps to be sure.
On the plus side for customers, this is a great time to get into the happening bars without a line, to get a table without a reservation or even a wait at an otherwise popular restaurant. Just be sure and and leave a good tip for your bartender or waitress.