Going to a bar alone, or anywhere for that matter may actually be awkward for a lot of people. Some people hate it and choose to stay home and watch Netflix instead.
But many of us actually like going to bars alone, and it has nothing to do with being sad or alone. Sometimes, after a long day’s work, it’s nice to have a drink by ourselves to relax. Besides, you never know who you may meet when you go to a bar alone.
We spoke to some millennials to find out why they like going to bars alone.
"I like it because it's like starting fresh. Nobody knows who I am, so there's no pressure at all. I can chill at the back and observe, and not worry if I talk to anyone or not. Plus it's relaxing not to have anyone around, I can be with my thoughts and I have no obligations. It's also so much cheaper than hanging out with a group because I don't have to pay for things that I haven't even had. It's a win-win situation." Pranav, 24, Engineer.
"When I go to bars with my friends I always end up just hanging out with them and never meeting anyone. When I'm alone, I don’t have friends to rely on, so I'm forced to talk to strangers. It's nice to make new friends that way - instead of online or whatever. It feels more natural and I don't have to feel obligated to talk to anyone, I can just decide who I want to talk to." Jai, 26, Child Psychologist.
"I like being able to do whatever I want. I can go to a bar a little off the beaten path. I can meet new people. I can eavesdrop on other peoples conversations. If I’m not vibing with the bar, I can go somewhere else and not have to ask a group of friends what they want to do. Also, you’re more approachable when you’re solo." Niharika, 28, Artist.
"Going to bars alone put everything in perspective for me. I suffer from really bad anxiety, and part of it is going somewhere and feeling unwelcome. When I was going alone to bars and clubs, it was surprisingly the opposite experience. I met so many interesting people and became less scared about the idea of being alone in these kinds of places. I'd suggest you try it if you have anxiety too, it makes you feel more confident and lighter." Drishti, 25, Photographer.
"I love going to bars alone because I can work, chill and enjoy all at the same time. I am a writer so it's dun to overhear stories and anecdotes from people around me when I'm alone. Plus, I can have a drink or four while working and no one gets to judge me for it. I can also take a huge break and relax while I'm alone and far away from people I know. It's really peaceful that way." Namrata, 24, Writer.
Do you like going to the bar alone? Or is it easier and more fun with your friends around?