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I know what "fern bars" are because of the Comics Curmudgeon. Since comic strips usually exist in static timelines that date back to their inception, fern bars are still a going concern in many of them.

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Ruby Tuesday was also a fern bar, iirc.

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On "cheers" Cliff and Norm were warning about the risks of refreshing the bar's decor with ferns.

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Favorite Bozo story (which y'all have heard before, sue me):

(kid does something that is Not Approved)

Bozo: That's a Bozo No-No, kids!

Random kid voice from audience: Awww, fuck off, clown!

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I did TGIF fern bars in the 80's. Love plants. There was at least one pick-up that was worth it. Oh, to be young again.

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San Francisco had the most fabulous fern bars in the world during the 1970s and 1980s because of the weather, the ease of growing ferns year-round there, not to mention gay and straight people unafraid to be seen drinking and flirting in public through big plate glass windows.

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๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต. ๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ 1960๐˜ด, ๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜จ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ.

๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด, ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด, ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด, ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด. ๐˜™๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ 63๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต โ€” ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜›.๐˜Ž.๐˜. ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บโ€™๐˜ด.

https://lakewood.advocatemag.com/rose-among-fern-bars-history-one-unusual-watering-hole/#:~:text=The%20fern%20bars%20that%20began,didn%27t%20prove%20very%20welcoming.

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They were very ferncy!

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Fern bars were the precursors to sports bars. Personally, I preferred the ferns.

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Ferns are quieter!

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So, If I were to go into a fern bar, and saw a woman who struck my interest, I could go up to her and say, "Know what I mean, fern?"

I'm sure that would kill.

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Bennigan's was the quintessential fern bar, so I've told.

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What! They don't have ferns anymore!? Mercy me, how do you flirt between fronds?

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Geez, I'm old. I remember going to a fern bar in the early 80s to dance to disco music left over from the 70s - not that I danced, but it was about the coolest place in town to drink and talk - and be heard, since the disco music wasn't so loud in many parts of the bar ( maybe the sound was muffled by all those ferns ). The rest of the bars in that college town were too crowded, too loud, and smelled too much of vomit

"Fern bars" were just the result of unimaginative, corporatized interior decorators - you've seen one, you've seen 'em all

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I member fern bars

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Nope, I never go to fern bars! I go to "bar bars" that serve the neighborhood and barely have a name. If you are walking along and see a brick or stucco facade with a small neon sign that says just BAR, you are likely to find me inside with the usual crowd. This place will close by 9 or 10 p.m. so the locals get home before most trouble starts, but it will open again at 7 a.m. to serve the folks getting off the night shift!! My kinda place!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜

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Sounds like 75% of the bars in my old home town - every couple of blocks there was a family-owned bar filled with the neighbors. Quarter draft beers ( in 7 0z glasses - none of those "pint" jars ), a small TV set over the bar, a pool table in the back, maybe a juke box ( 3 plays for a quarter ). In a German bar, you'd find pig's knuckles and pickled eggs in large jars next to the cash register, on either side of the bottle shelves ( never mind "well drinks" - all the booze came from bottles on these shelves, and I don't think there was even the concept of a "premium liquor" there ). The Italian family bars ( technically "restaurants" all served pasta dishes and sometimes pizza. Polish bars were similar to the German bars, except they had jars of sausages instead of pig's knuckles - altho', some of them had both.

Most were welcoming of kids from other neighborhoods, and they almost never carded anyone ( this was when drinking age was 18 ) - some of the regulars weren't all too happy with "visitors" - but it a short coupla blocks to the next bar.

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In Scranton, in my youth, the claim was that every neighborhood had a church on one corner, a funeral parlor on another and a bar on the 3rd . That was back when every ethnic group had its own parish. All the bars were dive-ish and local.

Now here in North Scranton, 2 Lithuanian , 1 Polish, 1 Italian, 1 Hungarian parish are all folded into the biggest oldest church, the Irish parish. The closed churches are now A a parish of Anglicans who became Roman Catholics when the Anglicans got too liberal for them, B a catering company that is also a part time restaurant, C occupied by various small protestant churches D a Hindu temple.

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IIRC, there were fern restaurants in Denver at least.

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My singles years were spent in the fern bars of Denver in the 80's. Good times!

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