We are planning on having a small kitchen and bar inside the theater as well as a stage. We've been told a bar brings in a lot of money and (hopefully) creates a warmer atmosphere. Not only do people like to laugh in both good times and bad times - its been said when people are happy they like to drink, when people are sad they like to drink more. That's not to say our theater/shows will make people sad... quite the opposite I hope.
We started to look at other places to see what sort of set ups they have as far as a bar and kitchen are concerned. We are a comedy theater first and foremost, so we don't want to have some beautifully constructed bar that will cost a million dollars and steal attention - however we don't want it to look stupid and dinky. A lot of thought must go in to these things.
Over the weekend we checked out a local Portland establishment that has a 10 foot by 8 foot (estimated measurements) bar that serves half priced fancy/girly drinks on Sundays. We like the size of the bar and it seems to get the job done... plus the half priced "snickertini" didn't hurt anything.
Since we've been in Portland, Stacey has consumed more alcohol than in the whole time we knew each other in Chicago. Girly drinks are a recent discovery of hers, so the Oatmeal Cookie, Snicker and Mint Chocolate Martini - along with fruity sangria are to blame.