I recently had the extreme pleasure of attending the grand opening of Tilt, a sports bar/lounge likening itself to Sam Malone's Cheers "where everybody knows your name." Well, they definitely got the "everybody" part right. The spot was packed front to back with so many patrons for "Friends and Family Night" that it was no surprise when martini glasses were used to serve Chardonnay.
The front part had a typical sports bar feel with a small section to the side designated as a dance floor used that night as the buffet area. That's right, free food, beer and wine were served all night. Now do you understand why "everybody" was there?
Although, the music left a lot to be desired as the DJ played a lot of oldies and didn't take any requests. That did not, however, keep several people off the dance floor, myself included (... had some tension to relieve).
All in all, the evening I think was a success. Folks were there enjoying a new after-work possibility, and the free beer and wine made everyone think they knew everybody's name.