Drinking in LA vs Drinking in NYC [INFOGRAPHIC]

Or: twenty very solid reasons I probably should have gone to college on the east coast.

For those of you who don’t know, drinking in Southern California, where we so fortunately lack any efficient form of public transportation, is difficult. It’s more of a mission, really, involving not just going out and getting sh*tfaced, but also debating over who’ll be DD, stealing people’s keys and waking up, after your keys have been stolen, passed out and sprawled all over a stranger’s living room floor.

Finally, if you are one of the lucky ones who’ve managed to make it through a weekend headache-free, you’ll spend the next five days looking forward to next Friday, when you’ll do the whole thing over again.

Or we could all just wise up and move to New York and be done with all the nonsense. Whaddyasay?

via LAMag

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

1 reply on “Drinking in LA vs Drinking in NYC [INFOGRAPHIC]”

Hmmm. While I understand the humor of this, the graphic does look like it was made by a bitter transplant from elsewhere. Still, this isnt about some dumb angeleno blindly saying LA is vastly superior than all, end of story. It does take some effort to have a safe, fun night out here.

While it’s far from perfect and certainly not on par with nyc (or fine, other major cities) there IS a metro and I’ve used it just fine on my drunken LA adventures. There’s also a growing number of DD companies that’ll take your drunk ass home safely. Cabs aren’t THAT hard to find especially on big drinking holidays (st. patricks, halloween, etc… and esp in places like weho) or if you know you’ll be doing some heavy drinking, call ahead and arrange for a cab to meet you at your last bar – and ive done this for a couple all you can drink events.

And of course, taking turns being DD isn’t always as painful as people make It out to be. It may not be fun but if you like your friends, you deal with it. Your turn to be annoying and be babysat will come.

Also, I’m already in dtla and can get to some great downtown bars easily with my legs (yes, by walking – who would’ve thunk it?!) If you wanna go to a certain bar kinda far from you, plan a night out in that neighborhood. More often than not, there’s other decent bars in your target bar’s neighborhood (koreatown, echo park, etc) No need to drive around drunk or aimlessly or constantly look for new parking.

You just plan carefully.
Getting stuck somewhere because you and all your buddies are drunk and had made no arrangements to get home is a rookie mistake. And if you did have the wallet to only hit up bars with a $12 valet and 45 min wait, you should have a chauffeur anyway. Or you’re lindsay lohan or amanda bynes and feed off poor decisions. Besides it’s not cool getting completely trashed at a nice bar – you go home or to a house party for that.

Yes, it’s easier to bar hop in other major cities but it’s not fair to dismiss LA and say we should all move because it’s not NYC.

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