One of the main goals of the site re-launch was to highlight excellence in writing about the bar life. This is an example of such achievement. Prior to Frank Bruni's "Tipsy Diaries", there was a group blog on The New York Times called "Proof". This was one of my favorites, comparing going to the bar to going to church and the meditative calm that washes over you when you're at your local.
Sometimes, when the light is just right or you are with a certain person, you look into the mirror behind the bottles at the back of the bar — you always look wonderful in that mirror — and experience a moment of breathtaking transcendence. You are entirely at home in the world, the song on the jukebox is exactly the right song, the drink is perfect, and everything, everything is exactly as it’s meant to be.
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