The Death of Friar Tucks
Here in New Orleans, going to bars and drinking is a way of life. The drinking starts early and ends late, if it ever ends at all. People usually start drinking at an early age here because of how accessible alcohol is and not to mention that the drinking age used to be 18. It is still legal to drink at the age of 18 as long as the person is in a private residence but obviously if a person goes to a bar, then they have to be 21. Well, college bar, Friar Tucks, didn’t believe in such things. I did not grow up in New Orleans but I have been here for the past seven years of my life. I arrived in 2004 to start my freshman year of college and Friar Tucks was one of the bars that many of my classmates frequented. I, on the other hand, did not frequent Tucks as we liked to call it. I can count on one hand the amount of times I was even in the bar but all of those times stick out like a penis in a sea of vaginas.
The floor was always drenched in beer and alcohol from the college freshmen who could get drinks easily from the bar. The place was usually packed with freshman and sophomore girls and every class distinction of men. The music was loud and kids grinding on each other was common. There would be pool games going on in the back or at least one person making out in the corner. The main reason why freshman girls frequented this establishment was because of ladies night in which ladies drank for free and for all the guys willing to get any girl drunk.
The walk to Friar Tucks was always a dangerous one because it was dark and away from the campuses of Tulane and Loyola. Most of us at the time did not think about the fact that even if there was a group of us, we could still be taken advantage of simply because we were drunk. What good is a friend if they are just as intoxicated as you are? It is sad that it took someone being killed basically on the steps of this bar for them to realize they should close their doors. Yes, they were closed down anyway because of the citations they received for serving minors but they had gotten away with it many times before. I’m not quite sure how because most of the times that I have driven by Tucks there was also a cop sitting out in front of the bar making sure nothing happened but we all know about the police in this city.
At the end of the day, Friar Tucks essentially caused its own death by playing with fire and unfortunately an innocent person got burned. College students will be with one less college bar but maybe that is for the best. The next bar to go should be The Boot but that is another beast to tackle at a later date.