one concern - ID bars/clubs
My girlfriend and myself fly from England to San Francisco at the beginning of November for our 5/6 month roadtrip across America. I have posted a couple of threads here and you have provided me with pretty much everthing I need to know.
So now, we are ready to go but have one concern. I am over 21 (just), my girlfriend is 19, 20 in January. I understand I'm ok but will my girlfriend have trouble getting into bars/clubs because of her age? Are ALL bars in America 21+ entry, or should we be ok? We don't plan to spend every night in a bar, but would like to experience them in each of the places we go to, especially New Orleans.
What a loaded question, your asking us to tell you how to break the law when underage drinking happens everyday of the week here and in the rest of the world. Frankly some places card properly others don't. Bars and clubs more so then restaurants. Don't drink and drive and be under 21.
The short answer?
If either of you look under 25 yrs old, you should expect to get "carded" in virtually any bar in America. Whether or not that happens depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is your own behavior.
Ok, Thanks for the info, not planningon breaking the law - not particualrly bothered but just thought I'd ask. Just seems wierd that it's not 18+ like most other places.
Thanks again for your help
A big "maybe." She won't be able to order any alcohol of course.
Some bars are 21+ only. Some are not. Some have one area that is 21+ only (immediately around the bar) and then have a general seating area that accomodates anyone regardless of age; my usual haunt is like this.
Around colleges, for example, most clubs are oriented for the 18 and up crowd. You can enjoy the music, dance, chat with the locals, and I don't think you will have a problem. Same for New Orleans, which draws a huge crowd of college kids who are road-tripping; they'll be more accomodating.
Enjoy your trip!