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Drinking in New York

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by JFoulds, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. JFoulds

    JFoulds Power Member

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    Hey folks,
    In a few weeks time I am traveling to New York for business for a month. As I am British, and the drinking age here is 18 (which I have been above for a while), during that time I will obviously be wanting to drink alcohol at business meetings etc. I have been frequently told that I look in my early-mid twenties, although I will be just below 21 when I am there, unfortunately.

    I was just wondering how likely it is that I will be ID'd in New York for drinking alcohol? Here in the UK many bars operate a 'think 25' scheme, where if they think you look under 25 they will ID you - and I sometimes get ID'd in these places. Considering the drinking age in America is 21, if they operate a 'think 28' scheme - I'm pretty much fucked.

    Additionally, does anyone have any experience using a fake British 'novelty' ID in New York? Obviously, I have a strong classic British accent, and there's no way I could be mistaken for American - so would this be a possibility?

    It might also be worth mentioning that my favourite drink is scotch or bourbon over ice, and I will be smartly-smart casually dressed (either smart shirt or a full suit) while drinking - so I'm not going to come across as a naive teenager trying to get away with buying a beer.

    I have spent many nights out in London, and the ID requirements seem to vary dramatically from night to night even in the same places. One evening I will go out to 5 bars and not be ID'd anywhere, and the next night I will go back to one of the same bars and get refused entry with my LEGITIMATE ID card because they don't think I look 25 - even though I am over 18 which is the drinking age and legal requirement here. It would be rather embarrassing - and rather shit - not to be able to drink when I'm traveling, so I would really appreciate any help and advice the BHW community can give me!

    Many thanks,
    JFoulds

    EDIT: Just like to add that I'm not worried at all for getting 'busted' for drinking under-age - I'm not going to be getting hammered. I am simply used to business meetings at restaurants and bars; and it certainly helps sweetening a client up to treat them to a quality whiskey or pick up the bar tab for the evening...
     
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  2. nycdude

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    If you want to go out to some of New York's super-sweet night clubs they will check IDs at the door, that's standard and they check IDs even if you look 105. This is a state law and there's no way around it. If you want to try using your British ID it better look really good, but bear in mind if it is an ID that is not familiar they can refuse you entrance into the club. They check all IDs using a black light to examine the ID to check for the usual security seals and stamps that are pretty much on all IDs that are made for any state or country. If your ID has some of these security features then they would most likely let you in even if the ID is not familiar to the bouncer in appearance. These security features make the ID look legit.

    That being said, It's pretty easy to drink underage in New York, especially if you're with a lot of people. Go into any bar and order your drink with confidence and they won't give you a second glance and if they ask for your ID give them your fake one.

    If you go to a restaurant to eat and order a drink by default they pretty much will give it to you. If you look about 21 or older then you're good.

    Your British accent will help you a lot, New York City is very tourist orientated and they want your business. If they turn you around they know you'll go somewhere else and get served.

    Another good place to drink for you is at the TONS of English and Irish pubs there. Go to one of these places first and drink with confidence and meet other fellow patriots and form a good group. Groups in big numbers are never turned away. They know that if a group comes in looking to spend money and one person isn't going to be served, the whole group will leave and they will lose all that business.

    Good luck my friend, and enjoy your visit to the greatest freakin' city on the planet :)
     
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  3. JFoulds

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    Brilliant post, thanks and +rep!