The case of the missing beer

It was a hot, sweaty, lazy Sunday afternoon. We decided to get on the road for a few mugs of super chilled lager, and a bite of the afternoon meal. So the toss-up began to decide which bar-stool we’d perch our posteriors on. The coin didn’t land on its edge, and so restaurant X won.

Shortly we were seated inside with menus held close. I held mine even closer as I tried to find the word ‘beer’ in there. I failed. Gloom descended. I looked up at the face before me, and shook my head.

“Chill”, said my bud. “Just say the word and it will be served.”

So when the waiter appeared, I looked up hopefully. And almost deferentially mumbled, ‘beer’ before he turned on his heel and walked away. Minutes later he returned. With tall glasses. They were opaque, and if you know what I mean, you’ll also know that I couldn’t see what was inside. But as he lowered his tray, I saw the froth eagerly peeping out – my prayers had been answered.

Curious to know what this hush-hush beer business was about, I got on the case (munching a carrot for special effects).

Missing from the menu, yet the amber liquid was present on the table and spreading its joy. And then the opaque glasses. Hmmmm…..

Within minutes, my extraordinary skills of deduction led me to the bottom of the mug. This was not a case of the missing beer. It was a case of the missing bar license.

“Sir, you’re a genius”, gushed Kitty.

7 Comments so far

  1. Kokki_Jacobus (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 10:48 am

    ada, kandu pidichitar columbus!

  2. Ravages (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    I didn’t see no Kitty!

  3. sachin (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

    Everythin about TASMAC SUCKS..

  4. tsk tsk (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

    so does the tamil nadu liqor policy SUCK.. were the only metro city with govt owned and controlled liqor distribution, also with no pubs and liqor in restraunts! but we have the poor drinking on footpaths and attached bars in tasmac shops!.. LONG LIVE HYPOCRASY!!

    Would any of you agree if i said that women cannot practically buy booze in chennai?

    Plus the range of booze sucks too, Just how much corruption goes on in TASMAC? i really wonder…

    Im just so angry!!

  5. Rastafari (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    Tsk Tsk,
    No pubs?????
    – Geoffrey’s, Bike n Barrel, Diesel, Speed, Million Dollar, Grammy, H2O.
    Not a big number by any means but we DO have pubs mate. Agree with all your other points.

  6. tsk tsk (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 5:38 pm


    Pubs in chennai too expensive and too restricted (Those are inside 3 star/ 5 star hotels only, with liqor restrictions inside 3 star hotels) and hence a monopolistic buisness yaar. Imagine a chennai where you could walk into a pub on khader nawaz khan rd or something and paying 100 bux for a beer with some good rock music, maybe even ur rastafri reggae?! Or eat a steak in a mall and then enter TGIF for a beer? We’re talking blore/bbay ishtyle! Thats the case that i am trying to create

    except for Leather Bar, Speed, Distill and Pasha the crowd elsewher isnt that great..

  7. Rastafari (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

    Tsk Tsk,
    Yeah, sadly, there’s no “Purple Haze”, “Mojo” or “Peeko’s” in Chennai.

    There used to be a good Karaoke bar in Mowbray’s Inn in TTK road, but that was a good seven eight years back :(

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