Saturday, January 3, 2015

Christmas in the Bar??? Yeah, We Did That...

The night we took our 7-yr.old to a bar??  I guarantee you, a week before,
I would have sworn that to be something that would never happen.

Shocked 

We took a trip to DC this holiday season, to visit my son, and his lovely family. We took some stops along the way, and ended up in Silver Springs, Maryland (where our hotel was the first few nights) at 8pm on Christmas night.

Trying to find a place to eat at 8pm on Christmas night... well, yeah, we knew it would be a challenge...we didn't know it would be a joke. The busy street our hotel was on was all but empty, there was no pizza delivery open, and we were hungry. We ended up with two valid choices...a bar or 7-11. Hubby can't do 7-11 when he's hungry, period. ;) We ended up tentatively checking out the bar. It was full of people, but the doors were locked. You had to knock for admittance.

The man who answered the door was most def a very, very, very (did I mention 'very?') big man. He was polite, but locked us back out while he went in to see if we could come in with a child. When he came back to say we could go in, we approached the hostess stand. We took a look around...lots of people, all visiting/talking nicely, some great Reggae music (my son wasn't even phased that it was so loud, he was dancing at the table), etc. But it was dark (it was a bar, afterall), and I know for a fact that sometimes people can get rowdy when alcohol is involved. We weighed our options and decided quickly that we were just happy to be able to get a hot meal.

The waitress took us to the back of the big room, where a booth with a partition separated us for the most part, from the bar. We could see the dance floor behind us, and the music stage. My husband was a happy man! He was hungry.

Our teen had flown ahead of us to DC (to be with her brother on Christmas Day, and with his wife's family for Christmas dinner, so it was just me, hubby, and the little one).  The beautiful young lady who brought us our food (I only mention it because she was exceptionally gorgeous, and exceptionally nice!) treated us like we belonged...though clearly we did not. No one else had their 7-yr. old in tow, at 8pm on Christmas night, trust me on that one. ;)

Hubby had his hot meal, little man had seasoned chicken strips, and we made our way back to the hotel. On the way out, we passed TWO very polite, very huge bouncers? at the door. The Reggae music was still blaring, the establishment was still dark with only the music lights going, and our tummies were happy and full. It was an unusual way to end our holiday, and we laughed, holding hands, on the way to the car. My son was giddy happy, the music, the lights, walking in the big city, pushing a big button to cross the road... 'I like the big city!' he said. I couldn't have agreed more. :)

A big thank you to The Society Restaurant & Lounge for taking us in on Christmas Night. Their kindness and consideration were greatly appreciated.

The Society Restaurant & Lounge
8229 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

87 comments:

  1. Glad you got to eat and my husband wouldn't have been able to do 7-11 either for dinner. Crazy, but guess more places then you realize really do close for Christmas.

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    1. We figured on it, but considering the bustling area, thought there would def. be some places open. We did get in later than we expected though, that might have made a difference.

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  2. LOL hey, you gotta do what you gotta do! I'm glad they were so nice to you :) It sounds like everyone came out of there happy!

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    1. Def. came out of there fed well and happy. :)

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  3. You found the nicest bar in town apparently!

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  4. There is no chance of a seven year old using a fake ID and getting served at the bar, so I guess it's pretty safe for them to let him in. In the future, Chinese restaurants are always open on Christmas. They have a wonderful Jewish Christmas business. That's where we went for lunch on Christmas.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2015/01/are-we-first-or-screwed.html

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    1. That's what we thought too. We GPS'd the area restaurants & tried several of the Chinese options. All closed. I guess because it was so late? I dunno.

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  5. It's definitely tough to find places open on Christmas! Everything here shut down.

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    1. It does in our town too. We knew that area was bustling though...so we suspected it'd be easy to find a place to eat. We were wrong. ;) All's well that ends well though, yes? :) Loved your bowling post, that's a fun NYE activity!

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  6. Well that worked out and everyone was happy. Nothing better than a good meal to make a happy tummy. Yes indeed.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  7. Wow, maybe Santa put some holiday magic on that place. Never knew a bar could be so nice.

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  8. There WAS room in the Inn (or the bar!)! I have learned this year that flexibility is the key to an enjoyable Christmas! Kudos to you guys for turning a less-than-ideal situation into a cool Christmas memory!

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  9. Later, he can impress his college dorm mates with stories of his tender years of bar hopping ;-)

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  10. Hi Rosey - sounds like kindness abounded and weren't you lucky ... what a great experience all round .. your son will be thrilled to have this story to tell. Glad all was well ... Happy 2105 .. cheers Hilary

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  11. That's great they still let you in! I have friends that have done this before. Sometimes it is the only option!

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  12. I think that is awesome that you were at least able to get into that bar... and that they treated you so great xox... Christmas Eve is definitely not an easy time to look to get a meal. It sounds like you had a lovely holidays... that is wonderful Rosey... xox

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  13. I'm glad you got to eat a hot meal and that it all turned out okay in the end. It seems like the people were very friendly there.

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  14. I love that this story had a happy ending. And I don't think there would have been anywhere you could eat here either...

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  15. Wow! Looks like quite the experience! Merry Christmas

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  16. Certain circumstances require us to change our "I would never do that" statements :) I am glad they were accommodating and it was a pleasant experience. I am sure it could have been worse.

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  17. I am so glad to hear that you got a good meal. Customer service like this really makes an impact on us!

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  18. Glad you guys were able to find a meal! It is shocking to me that no place was open. Not even a Chinese restaurant like in A Christmas Story?

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  19. That turned out well, all things considered. I bet your little one remembers that Christmas dinner FOREVER. It's the rare things that stick in our memories.

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  20. At least you got a meal right? I think its great that they were so accommodating. Probably not the Christmas you expected, but it all worked out for the best.

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  21. Reggae at Christmas sounds like a winner to me! It was so nice of them to help you guys.

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  22. Well at least you got a hot meal. Sounds like they were an amazing staff and establishment.

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  23. A nice reggae dinner sounds really fun actually! I would probably love this atmosphere!

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  24. Great memories that's for sure! We have a tavern in our town that has family seating in the back. It is the most affordable place to eat in our tourist town, and we bring our kids every now and then :)

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  25. I have a similar story. I was a bit younger but my grandpa used to take me to the bar with him. I was the preemie baby that survived and the bar patrons donated a lot of money to my hospital bills (only one in small town LOL) so I like to tell people I was bar hopping long before most of them knew what alcohol was. ;) We have a few bars around here and most of them will serve minors food until 9 or 10pm.

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  26. Anything can happen during the season

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  27. We have very little open in my area on Christmas either, except a Chinese restaurant or two and Wawa. Glad you found a place to sit and eat and had a good time.

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  28. That was really kind of them to let you in. I remember hanging out in the kitchen of a bar my mom was a waitress at when I was about 4ish. I don't think it was technically "allowed" but everyone was always super nice to me when I was there :)

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  29. I am so glad it worked out for you guys. I know the struggle of things not going smoothly when you have kids and there is a crowd and it's a holiday and etc..

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  30. I did that a few times myself. Sometimes there aren't many choices. In the end it's probably good for the kids. Gives them something to remember and interesting stories to tell later.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  31. You should have gone to a Chinese restaurant and played off A Christmas Story. Lol.

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  32. Oh the wonderful adventures of life :)
    Love that you had such a great experience!

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  33. What a great story lol, you definitely got my attention. Glad it all worked out.

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  34. Faith in humanity restored! I'm beyond thrilled you were able to not only have a meal, but be treated well at the same time.

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  35. In my country, pubs advertise their beer to kids in order to get them hooked early.

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  36. Sounds like an awesome Christmas to me! It doesn't really matter where you are, it's who you're with!

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  37. That sounds like a wonderful Christmas. I think it would be fun and kind of exciting. Besides, the most important part is you got to spend it with family, right? :]

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  38. It is always so nice to hear about happy endings such as this! So glad to hear that you were able to be together in a warm place with food and caring people around you.

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  39. Traveling we have found some bars with great food. We have gotten ourselves caught like you did too many times! Glad everything turned our for the good!

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  40. Glad to know that you were warmly accommodated by the bar, and that your son didn't mind the loud music and the dim lights. :)

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  41. That is great they set you up so you can have a good meal,. What an experience.

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  42. That is really good that you managed to get in and eat and your son was happy so that is even better :).

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  43. Growing up a lot of bars had food and I went with my parents pretty frequently :) You can find some great food at some bars! I'm glad that your Christmas meal turned out, I wouldn't have eaten at 7-11 either :)

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  44. Hahah! Great story! I love random inconveniences in life that turn out to be a good story that you'll tell for years and years!

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  45. I feel like I was there eating, enjoying with you. Haha. Lovely story.
    May 2015 be another year of good times and good memories. :)

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  46. Well, that's definitely a night you three will remember for a long time!

    Happy New Year Rosey and very best wishes for 2015 :)

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  47. Reggae music, nice people and hot food - it sounds perfect! Glad there was room at the inn [bar]!

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  48. It's great that you found something open on Christmas, even if it was a bar lol. We aren't so lucky around here, if you don't eat at home, you're out of luck. Nothing is open on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.

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  49. You've gotta do it if ya have to! I probably would too. I'm glad you actually found something open and we're able to eat! Reggae music too? What a bonus!

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  50. Well, a hot meal and a happy Husband can make it a happy life. I think most of the hometown bars are fine for kids... especially if you get stuck and have no other choice.
    I remember being alone in Cleveland... my Hubs was in the Hospital. Strangers helped me out and made me feel everything was going to be alright with the world.
    Glad this hometown bar came to your rescue. Good for them!!!

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  51. Oh wow! What a nice thing they did for you. I love it when businesses are helpful.

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  52. I am glad that you were able to find a place to eat. It sounds like it worked out perfectly for you. Sometimes life throws us in the most unexpected places and it turns out great!

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  53. It's so nice to hear that the establishment made you and your famiy feel comfortable. It might not be an everyday occurence to bring your 7 year old to the bar (lol), but it will make for fun memories, no doubt!

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  54. Christmas in a bar definitely sounds better than Christmas in a 7-11! Glad you were able to find an open place to eat!

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  55. I'm so glad that your family found a place to have a great meal. It's tough to find a place to eat on Christmas. Sounds like it was a great place even if it was at the bar.=)

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  56. At least you got a warm meal and your son was happily oblivious!

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  57. Wow I guess you guys will always remember how you spent Christmas 2014! Lol! Wishing you all the best for a happy new year!
    Julie

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  58. How nice even though it wasn't what you were expecting. I am sure it was an experience your little one will always remember.

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  59. How sweet of you and them. Hey when you are in Rome - you have to do what the Romans do.

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  60. That's a story to remember for a long time! It is so great that they were kind to you. More establishments need to be that way.

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  61. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do! Glad you got a good meal!

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  62. That will be one to remember to remember! I am sure throughout the years you will giggle over that Christmas story. Never a dull moment in the big city! LOL

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  63. That's so funny! I guess it's no different than going to a pub. There's also a pizza place near here that sells alcohol, and has bands play. No different than that either. It's a good thing you didn't have to worry about your safety with those big bouncers around. ;)

    Where was your daughter at? Did she not travel with you?

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  64. Soun.ds like an unconventional Christmas dinner! Glad you were able to find a place to eat, sounds better than 7-11.

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  65. I love this - and I'm glad they were so accommodating! We took our then-2-year-old on an unintentional brewery tour last year. It was quite comical when we got to our forth brewery. (I was not drinking.)

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  66. I have been in a situation like this before! Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do! Makes for great memories, that's for sure!

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  67. Aww, sounds like it turned out for the best and everybody had an interesting evening.

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  68. You have to do what you have to do... and sometimes it is a matter of being able to relax, right?

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  69. Lol I'm sure it was full of fun, the reggae music would have made me relax.

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  70. This story shows that people are the key ingedient to a good time. The place helps, but the most important thing is the people who keep us company.

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  71. I'm from Maryland and there are so many amazing places like this! I'm so glad you found one of them ;)

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  72. I have been to Maryland, but not to Silver Springs. It's so hard to find places open on Christmas, and I was surprised that a few outside of Denny's were open in my neck of the woods. Glad that you had a good time!

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  73. Aww, what an adventure! It's a challenge to find open restaurants here on Christmas Day too but there's one that we've been to for two Christmases now and I think it'll be our Christmas Day dinner place hereon. :)

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  74. It is a story i"m sure your little will remember for years. We've had chinese on Christmas before just to keep it simple.

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  75. Have to love discovering new places to eat at with the family, especially when you find them unexpectedly. Definitely a story to remember for years to come and as long as your with family over the holidays that's all that matters

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  76. I'll definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone I know headed back East. It's nice to know you were taken care of and got a good meal. Everyone else is right - your son is going to have fond memories of this experience!

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  77. Ahhhh glad y'all at least got a hot meal!!! Plus now you have a great story to tell for life!! Your kiddo will be able to tell everyone about the Christmas he went bar hopping ;-)

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  78. Nice adventure and unique experience for your family :-)

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  79. Ha ha! You took your Seven year old to a bar on Christmas!? I'm just kidding, my kids would be completely unshaded too! As long as the eating is good they would be fine and since the music was loud, I wouldnt have to keep telling the kids to keep it down. Glad your hubby got a hot meal.

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  80. I'm so glad to hear that you were able to get a hot meal and was treated very warmly at the bar on Christmas night. Happy New year to you and your family.

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  81. Glad it worked out for you guys...
    When we first moved to Atlanta (my roommate and I) we were both 19 ...
    EVERY place we went to required 21 and older... unless you wanted fast food...
    We quickly learned you had to eat before 8 to get in to places.
    lol

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