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October 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm #592595
Schmitz Park DadParticipant
Is this just a trend, or the way things will be from now on? It seems like almost every restaurant and bar in West Seattle now has a TV, or multiple TV’s. My wife and I were in Bamboo Bar & Grill not too long ago and counted 26 TV’s. Seriously, 26 TV’s!
I can certainly understand TV’s in sports bars, or one or two TV’s in a bar. But it has become almost impossible to find a place to sit where a TV is not in view in most bars, and many restaurants. When you look around, people seem focused on the TV’s instead of their friends. I’ll never understand why a Thai restaurant needs a TV or why Garlic Jim’s has a TV on every table.October 7, 2009 at 8:46 pm #679176
I agree with you for the most part.
Although at Garlic Jim’s at least the TV will distract you from the lousy pizza.October 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm #679177
I hear you. I was kind of sad to read that there are going to be TVs in the remodeled Angelina’s.
Maybe they figure that’s the only way to draw customers these days. Folks won’t leave the house unless they can watch their sports?
I’m not a sports fan so I could care less about the TVs and would rather have fewer or none in eateries.October 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm #679178
Tv’s used to be a luxury item, so bars had them to entice customers. Now people like to feel like they are doing something rather than drinking alone, and the tv fills that gap.October 7, 2009 at 10:13 pm #679179October 7, 2009 at 10:33 pm #679180October 7, 2009 at 10:43 pm #679181
No…Vincent, this city doesn’t know how to socialize/converse properly in public with each other. Seattlelites are way too busy burying themselves with some sort of technological gadget(iPhone,laptop,cellphone etc..) or even a book and don’t want to converse with a stranger, even in a bar/restaurant. T.V. in a bar does make sense since a lot of unsociables need something to look at while drinking alone.October 7, 2009 at 11:41 pm #679182
This is not a Seattle issue! I was on a business trip somewhere (don’t even remember the city) and went out to dinner by myself. At the table across from me there were 4 people, looked like 2 couples, and ALL FOUR OF THEM were completely absorbed in texting/reading their devices and did not speak to one another for a full ten minutes.
And I agree about all the TVs. I find it really distracting and annoying and takes away from the ambience of a “nicer” bar/restaurant.October 7, 2009 at 11:56 pm #679183
Just try to take a child to one of those restaurants with a TV and ask them not to watch it. Forget it! It could be C-SPAN on the TV and they will still gravitate to the TV screen. We avoid the restaurants with TV’s.
Thanks for the tip on Angelina’s. I will call them and let them know that this customer does not want to watch TV at their Italian restaurant.October 8, 2009 at 4:07 am #679184
Fancy NanParticipantOctober 8, 2009 at 5:39 am #679185
thank you for legislating everyone’s enjoyment, Fancy Nan! how on earth could we get by without YOU deciding we can’t watch TV in a bar? if you don’t like TVs in bars – it’s a very simple solution. GO TO A DIFFERENT BAR. one without TVs. problem solved. I myself prefer to go to bars without being assaulted by a bunch of Buzz Killingtons.October 8, 2009 at 5:42 am #679186October 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm #679187October 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm #679188
I expect there to be televisions if I go to a bar. Pointless to have the sound on if there is more than one tv with different games or programs.
Since Angelina’s is going to have a separate bar room from the dining room, I don’t see the problem if the tvs are in the bar room.October 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm #679189
TVs in a bar room don’t bother me… but i really don’t like them in the dining room. At best they are a distraction. At worst i have asked to have my food boxed and left… never to return.October 8, 2009 at 7:36 pm #679190
Lighten up on Bamboo Bar & Grill. I was just there and only counted 25 TV’s, not 26.October 8, 2009 at 7:48 pm #679191
Go to West5. They are the only ones in W.S. that I know of that doesn’t have a T.V. Only prudes think a that a T.V. is annoying in a restaurant/bar.October 8, 2009 at 7:55 pm #679192
I heard about an App for the second generation of iPhone that would allow it to remotely control a TV using the IR signal window. I never did find out the name, but that would be a fun app, especially with the number of iPhones in the world…October 8, 2009 at 7:56 pm #679193October 8, 2009 at 8:09 pm #679194
being a prude has nothing to do with it..
the noise pollution from several TVs tuned to different channels does.
besides.. when a lady finally gets a date night out with her fella she wishes he would stare deep into her eyes and hang on her every word not steal glances at the score or the babes on the boob tube…
i invest in dinner with the family so we can spend quality time with one another.. not so they can be entertained by the boob tube…
there is a reason it got nicknamed the boob tube and it had nothing to do with the size of the mammary glands displayed on it…October 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm #679195
I generally don’t like to go to bars that play country music. That being said, I don’t go to said country bars and get on the blog and bitch about the bars I go to playing country music. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Most bars have TVs. Some don’t. If you don’t like them, don’t go there. If watching TV makes me a “boob”..then all I can say is JIGGLE JIGGLE Y’ALL!October 8, 2009 at 8:55 pm #679196
yeah, sometimes we go to a certain place BECAUSE it has a tv. we don’t have cable seeing as we don’t watch a ton of tv. but sometimes there is a pitcher we want to see in action or something else that we can’t get on free tv. but yeah, sometimes we want to have a nice meal with conversation, and pick a place accordingly.
it’s not too hard to find something suitable for either situation.October 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm #679197
I don’t mind them in a bar setting so much – I’ve watched plenty of Ms games from a Poggie stool. And you’d better be interested in whatever they have on the TV at Talarico’s if you’re sitting at the bar, because those huge screens are impossible to ignore!
But in a restaurant or dining area, I feel like TVs can detract from the atmosphere and cheapen the experience. It can be distracting and annoying, and it sometimes says to me, “Our food isn’t good enough to deserve your attention.” Fine for a basic burger and fries, but not for real dining.
However, I didn’t really mind the TVs at Ama Ama, with their funny/kitschy movies that I would just sort of look at but not actually “watch.” If that makes any sense! It was more part of the atmosphere there than just “the game” or the news or whatever. Plus at Ama Ama you could always sit in area out of TV view.October 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm #679198
MargLMemberOctober 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm #679199
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