Non-smoking bars and restaurants have a new "stinking" problem"... like MANY other folk living in the Twin Cities have had to get used to the fact that my formerly "smoky" clubs and bars have become "non-smoking" and frankly rather stinky. Yes... Stinky. The cigarette smoke did a lot to cover up the fact that certain venues are old, and reek of body-odour, spilled and rotting food and alcohol...."
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Tuckmac goes on to describe the evening out:
"I say to My Lady... Let's go out and have a fag, and we'll stick around for a few more beers...
My Lady and I go out the front door... And the bouncer says "thanks for coming" and I say... "You're welcome, but we're just having a smoke, we'll be back." and he in turn says... "No you're not, we're closed now."
"We're CLOSED NOW?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?
It's barely 11:00pm... (Bars in Minneapolis are allowed to be open till 1:00am)
First Ave ALWAYS used to have a pretty fun scene AFTER a band had finished...I used to LOVE sitting there at the bar watching the dancing and occasionally joining in if a particularly good song came on... But...
"We're closed now!"
Well... There's other bars. Glueks... Closed. Kieran's Closed. All the pubs in the area...CLOSED at 11:00 P-f**king-M ... CLOSED.
For readers from a different place... Imagine your pubs/bars closing two hours before they're meant to.
The entire Downtown Area was closing up shop.
Now... I haven't been here for a while... And My Lady and I are only NOW just starting to get back into our social lives here... But...That just shocked me.
I'm pissed off.
And it's all Due to the f**king smoking ban!!!"
Read the entire post.. http://tuckmac.blogspot.com/2006/07/after-concert.html
And so now you can see the events that have led up to 80 + (and counting) bars, restaurants, and nightclubs permanently closing their doors since local smoking bans started here in the Twin Cities......and as Tuckmac laments "its sad......" especially since the pro-smoking ban argument is based on lies.