Music in Restaurants Getting Louder?

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    whalewatcher
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    It seems like the volume of background music in more and more restaurants is getting louder. It’s really hard to have conversations. I really like the food at Matador, for example, but can’t hear my friends. We turned around and left the new Chinese restaurant on California, which was even louder. Those are just two examples. I go to restaurants to be with other people. Don’t you? What gives?

    #875541

    anonyme
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    I don’t know about the two examples you mentioned, but do think you have a point. The dishwasher should not be making music choices for the restaurant.

    Unfortunately, things seem to be getting louder everywhere. Too many people who can’t stand to be alone with their own thoughts. Maybe it ‘s because they don’t have any…

    #875554

    PangolinPie
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    If you mean the New Luck Toy as the new Chinese place, no, it’s not just you! That place is SO loud. The food was ok the time we went there, but I wouldn’t go back because it was impossible to hear each other talk at all. And Matador is bad too. Not everywhere is like this, but it does seem to be a trend.

    #875560

    newnative
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    They serve food but those places are bars, which usually have loud music. I haven’t noticed loud music in actual restaurants.

    #875701

    Michael Waldo
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    Matador is not a bar is it? And yes, even restaurants have loud music, which makes the customers have to talk louder.
    I have stopped going to these places, as my partner and I like to have a conversation over dinner.
    But it seems to be spreading.

    #876633

    ChrisMonsos
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    Yeah, I always assumed they were bars too. We can’t go with some of my extended family because the kids can’t get in (21+).

    #876697

    JoB
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    you mean it’s not just a little old lady thing?

    #876718

    22blades
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    I don’t know if I want to listen to a 10 minute death metal guitar solo or somebody’s phone conversation trying to improve the synergies available to his clients.

    In some venues (museums usually) I used to play, the db’s were limited by… the Fire Alarm. Yep, ya gotta hear the Fire Alarm go off. OK, good reason.

    #876719

    anonyme
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    Maybe it’s because people don’t have conversations over dinner any more. They each sit staring at their phones.

    #877015

    Wes C. Addle
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    New Luck Toy will be loud. They’ve said all along that it’s a bar that serves food vs. being a restaurant.

    The Matador morphs into a bar during the evenings so if you’re there past 7:00 pm I’d expect it to be loud.

    #877042

    melissa
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    Er, I’m just wondering how many of you are under, say, 40? I mean, it seems to me that restaurants have gotten louder in the last 5 years or so, but I’m going to hazard a guess that it’s my hearing. And yours.

    #877065

    JoB
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    Melissa.. my hearing has declined while my annoyance at the noise in restaurants has increased. Some of them are so loud they are literally migraine inducing.

    #877067

    newnative
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    I’m over 40 and have an auditory processing issue, so background noise can be very distracting/painful. (have had this forever before I knew it had a name) I have had problems with even quiet music in restaurants so I think I would notice if it were common here in West Seattle. It’s not, imo. I grew up in California where it seemed to be more common and annoying.
    What is a problem are certain types of people that talk loud in high pitches.

    #877100

    PangolinPie
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    Over 50 here, sigh. Now can we talk about how dark it always seems to be in restaurants? #curmudgeon ;)

    #877106

    melissa
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    I’m entirely in agreement, PangolinPie. Loud and dark, I tell ya! And while we’re at it, too cold in the summer and too hot in the winter. Seriously, though, the older I get, the louder and darker restaurants become. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

    #877150

    22blades
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    I agree that it’s not a coincidence that you can’t read the bill, even with that fake candle. Then, the iPhones come out to a “ray of sunshine”. Suddenly, it looks like the press at a murder scene. Now there’s a mood enhancer.

    It does help you develop the skill of nodding in agreement when you have absolutely no idea what your partner is saying. :-]

    #877151

    anonyme
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    22:thanks for the laugh! Love the murder scene analogy…

    #877162

    JoB
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    they make hearing aids for that..
    unfortunately.. hearing aids also amplify the background noise :(
    the upside.. the noise and darkness has inspired more of us to become better cooks…
    if i can do it better at home …….
    or better yet.. if i can convince hubby to cook.. and to clean as he goes along….
    who needs to pay big bucks for a meal out that i don’t enjoy?

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by JoB.
    #877178

    AJP
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    In related news–have you seen all the kids on my lawn? I tell them to get off it every day, but they always come back! :D :D :D <–Those are laughing faces.

    #877411

    JoB
    Participant

    no kids on the lawn ;-)
    i have a guard dog

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