Thinking of dining out? With all of the places you can try, picking a place can both be exciting and overwhelming. You’ll have to consider what you want to eat, whether you want to try somewhere new, how much your budget is, and whether you’re willing to wait for a table or have one reserved for you for starters. All of this planning can be a bit tiring, especially if you just want a bite, grab a few drinks, and skip all the cooking at home.
Luckily, there are now lots of bar/restaurant “hybrids” that you can turn to for dinner. A good number of casual dining restaurants now serve a wide range of alcoholic drinks and savory appetizers that make them a great destination for those who want to grab dinner and drink at the same time. But should you opt for them? Here are a few reasons why you should consider heading out to one for tonight’s dinner with friends.
These hybrids will let you stay in just one place if you want to hang out a bit more with friends and enjoy the night without the really loud music common in most bars.
If you’re not too fond of having to scream at your friend’s ear just to get the conversation going, these bar/restaurant hybrids are a one-stop destinations for those who want to have some quiet fun. At restaurants like these, you can easily grab your dinner with a drink and follow it with more drinks. You don’t have to relocate somewhere else if you want to drink a bit more with friends. Basically everything you need to order is already there, so why move to a different place, right?
You get to enjoy actual good food.
Bar chow isn’t necessarily bad, but if you’re grabbing some drinks with friends and they decided to go to a bar right away, you might not have time to eat in between. A lot of people make sure to fill their tummies up before a night of drinking, so if their friends chose a bar with limited menu options, it might not turn out to be an enjoyable night for some.
Choosing to go to a hybrid restaurant can easily solve everyone’s woes. It will let you have an actual dinner without having to make do with bar food, while your friends can easily go ahead and have their drinks right away. It’s definitely a win-win situation, really.
You can choose what kind of cuisine to enjoy.
Picking a bar/restaurant is just the same as picking any casual diner. You have lots of options when it comes to what kind of cuisine to go for. Copeland’s New Orleans style food is nicely paired with their cocktails, while Bahama Breeze also serve alcoholic drinks that can be enjoyed with their jerks and Jamaican-style food. Whatever you’re craving for, you can find a place that serves such cuisine and alcohol at the same time.
It gives you a nice break from all of the family friendly restaurants you may be frequenting.
If you’ve been hanging out with your friends for lunch with your little ones tagging along, getting a babysitter and going out for dinner with the ladies every once in a while won’t hurt. The best place to go to? A good restaurant that also serves cocktails. It can be the mellowed opposite of the wholesome places you’ve been frequenting for the past few years and it will let you catch up and have a good time with friends without having to brave the bar crowd.
It’s having a relaxed time with friends without having to clean everything out on your own afterwards.
Some people love drinking at home. Their friends come over and they have a ball, although their version is more relaxed and laid back. The only hassle is having to prepare some food and cleaning up afterwards. If things got quite wild, clean up can be a pain in the back.
Going out, on the other hand, to a bar/restaurant establishment will let you chill with friends without having to prepare anything or being required to clean up after. In places like these, you can shoot the breeze with your pals and grab a few drinks without any hassle.
It can save you time and start drinking right away.
If you really showed up to grab some drinks but your friends still want to eat first, you don’t have to worry about ordering a cocktail or a bottle of beer with your meal. It’s perfectly fine since there’ll be lots of other people who are doing the same thing. You also won’t have to relocate to a new diner or bar anymore after your meal, saving you from the hassle of deciding where to go next. You can just sit pretty and wait for the drinks to start coming to your table.
So the next time you plan a relaxed night out with your buddies, consider visiting a casual restaurant that also serves alcoholic drinks. They might just change the way you catch up with friends.