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Posted at 4:17 PM ET, 03/11/2010

Got Plans? Redux: Seat's taken

By Julia Beizer

The scenario: you're meeting some friends for a drink and are lucky enough to find a couple of seats at the bar. Can you save the spare chairs until your friends show up? Most of our chatters (and Fritz) say no. At a bar, seats are for those who are present, not for those yet to appear, they say. I'm a little more permissive on such things. I mean, no one wants to stand next to an empty barstool for an hour because some girl swears her boyfriend will be here any minute, but otherwise, who cares? I mean, if it's just five or 10 minutes, it doesn't matter to me if someone who got to a bar before I did snags a seat for her friend.

Your turn.



In today's chat, we also dished about St. Patrick's Day events, seafood restaurants in Chinatown and where to watch the conference tournament. Come out and see us at happy hour tonight and be sure to chime in during next week's chat.

-- Julia Beizer

By Julia Beizer  | March 11, 2010; 4:17 PM ET
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I answered that you can't save seats, but I do have an exception. You can save ONE seat for a little while (until someone else is lurking near it hoping to get off his/her feet) by tossing your coast/purse/other paraphenalia on it. If it's not too crowded and someone asks if the seat is taken, you should tell them that you're saving it for a friend but they're welcome to use it until that friend arrives. No one should ever be grabby enough to save a bunch of seats. Get your patooties there if you want to sit, otherwise wear comfortable shoes.

Posted by: kbockl | March 12, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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