The 8 People You’ll Meet In Your Hometown Bar This Summer

Well, school’s over for the year. You former freshman have moved back in with your parents and secured that summer job and, after the first couple of weeks, have discovered a sad truth: while you’re a college student, summers blow.

You’re working forty hour weeks in menial labor. None of your college buddies are around anymore. Your parents don’t seem to appreciate when you show up at your house drunk at 4 a.m. Your mom still does your laundry, but she’s sharing her car with you, so you have to let her know when you’re going anywhere. You never thought you’d ask this, but: is it September yet?

You call up the ever-dwindling number of people you still talk to from high school and see what they want to do, and at some point, somebody suggests going to the bar — you know, that crap-tastic small town dive bar filled with locals. Sure, why not? When you walk in, here’s what you can expect to find:

1. Former Homecoming Queen/Current Bartender

Right off the bat, you recognize one of the bartenders: she was one of the most popular girls in your graduating class. She recognizes you, too, and though she calls you by the wrong name, she’s happy to tell you her plans for enrolling in the nearby community college and learning Spanish. Then another song comes on, and she and the other bartender climb on top of the bar and do an awkward, theoretically arousing dance like two Coyote Ugly rejects.

2. The Regular

This is a kid from high school whom you’ve completely forgotten about, and might not have even recognized if your friend hadn’t nudged you and pointed him out. He’s at the end of the bar, talking idly with the owner. You don’t think much of it until later visits to the bar, when you see him in exactly the same spot, doing exactly the same thing, and never, ever moving.

3. The Middle-Aged Couple

Man, are these folks having a good time. Since it’s summer, the bar is filled with more college students than normal, making the two forty-five-year-olds stick out like sore thumbs. But they seem slightly too tipsy to know or care. Instead, they’re rocking out to the Bruce Springsteen song that’s playing, and no, they’re not good dancers. You don’t know whether to be happy for them or throw up in your mouth a little.

4. The Guy You Used to Hate

You have history with this guy. It’s no secret you both hated each other in high school. Maybe he was even a middle-school bully. Tonight, he’s clearly trashed, and treats you as though you’re his long-lost, presumed-dead brother. He comes out of nowhere to give you a hug, asks you about college, and even buys you a drink. You still secretly hate him, especially because he obviously forgot about this old grudge and you haven’t, but hey: free drink.

5. The Popular/Trashy Girl

The clique of popular girls from high school all walk into the bar together: they’re still friends and still live in town. Unfortunately, an extra year of smoking nonstop has not been kind: they’re not nearly as attractive as you remember. Some go up to chat with the bartender to see when she gets off so they can hang out; one of them spots you and says hi. This is a girl who wouldn’t give you the time of day in high school, and now it occurs to you that you have at least a reasonable chance of sleeping with her this summer — and even though she’s uglier now, that would be rather cool.

6. The Friends You Actually Came in With

These are easy to pinpoint: one will downright hate seeing all the people from high school, complain about it the entire night, and never talk to anybody outside your own group. One will barely even notice the people — he’ll be far more interested in consuming the large amount of alcohol he’s gotten used to drinking four nights a week in college. And one will have a bizarre, unexplained amount of knowledge about what everyone’s been doing for the past year. “That’s Meghan Conroy, from two grades ahead of us, remember? Yeah, I hear her dad just got cancer and she’s working at Pottery Barn.”

7. The Old Guy

A staple not just of your hometown bar, but every bar everywhere. Late in the night you’ll go up to grab another drink, and this drunk guy who’s pushing sixty will turn to you and mumble something about “these teasing sluts.” You chuckle politely, say “Yeah,” and wonder why the PBR is taking so long.

8. The College Girl Who Unfortunately is Now Better than You Are

In high school, this girl wasn’t that attractive and was always one of the brainy kids you either ignored or made fun of. Now she’s in the same boat as you — home from college and bored. When you go up to chat, you realize that she’s grown into herself, and as she starts talking about how fun her school is and how many extracurricular activities she’s doing, it hits you: unlike these other schmucks, she’s more successful than you are. What the hell is that all about? You politely excuse yourself from the conversation and go back to talking to people you can safely look down your nose at.

24 thoughts on “The 8 People You’ll Meet In Your Hometown Bar This Summer”

  1. Statham is overrated

    What about drunk "I love you man" guy? Get's drunk, a little gay (not Bravo Channel gay, but gay enough to make you uncomfortable), and then starts spreading his love to every dude in the bar.

  2. Michael Dance

    Good call. I think he was too similar to #4 and I didn't want to be redundant, but you're right, that's a definite type.

  3. There is also the archetype of the "musician" who will be performing at the bar- you know, until the band gets signed, blah blah blah…

    Then there is the guy who is now a "personal trainer", though visibly not as fit as you would guess, and he drinks girly drinks.

    I also found an old friend who was a bouncer. He'd been beaten up a lot when we were young, and these days he's built like a water buffalo.

    Then again, maybe these are just my experiences.

  4. Asswipe Johnson

    #8 is false because she would never actually go to a fucking townie bar with all those other loser pieces of shit guzzling light beer and queueing up Journey on the jukebox constantly.

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  6. What about the self professed reporter that says he's "just here to cover a story"? and then passes out in the toilet only to awaken the next day without a story and so goes on to write about the people you would probably see in a bar if you weren't to drunk to see. Ya what about that guy? Please rewrite this tonight and include that guy in your article and I'll check back tommorow ,ok?

    cheers mate

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  8. How bout the ex-jock who gained 30lbs because he stopped working out and all the muscle turned into flab. He talks about the good ole days of taking the team down the field in the Homecoming game still!!

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  16. ok. just b/c a girl is more successful you dont wanna continue talking to her even tho its most likely that she's going to be the best person that you will meet that night? wow you guys are just so stupid. why (other than trying to get some) would you really wanna hang with a trashy bimbo the whole night who will most likely get totally wasted and really annoying really fast? seriously try to actually spend quality time with a nicer girl who is actually well put together and not a wreck.

  17. shelbu:

    you asked a question that came with its answer. a guy is at a bar in a city for a short-term stay. he is drinking/drunk/drunk&drinking, and you think he wants to discuss the meaning of life?

    a bar is a social place, but its not THAT social and never under those circumstances

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  19. Yeah right.

    The former homecoming queen still thinks you're a douche and probably (still) wouldn't touch you with a ten foot pole.

    What about the lonely nerd making a horrific faces like the one at the beginning of this article?

  20. Okay none of these people will be in bars/bartenders because none of them are 21 if they just finished their freshman year

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