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Social Setting Analysis

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Analyzing Social Settings

“Pubs, bars and nightclubs are central features of recreational nightlife in the towns and cities of many countries” (Bellis, M. A., & Hughes, K.). Specifically, bars, within Toronto, ON, are a social setting for people of all kinds to gather together, whether for dates, parties, business meeting or a casual catch up with old friends. Since the beginning of the “Pub era” which was seen in “8000 BC by the Middle-Eastern hunter-gatherers” (Beer Through the Ages), bars have become a worldwide phenomenon, which we can now today analyze how this setting has an affect on social behaviors, whether that be negative or positive. Some thoughts ...view middle of the document...

You seat yourself at any open place, such as, by a booth, a table or by the stools at the bar and wait for someone to come take your order. As you look around one sees pictures of famous people of the “wild west” giving the idea of a country bar theme, but at the same time you can view and listen to a hockey or basketball game on the big screen televisions. The menu consists of a variety of drinks and food (appetizers, main entrées, and deserts), such as, burgers, nachos and plenty of beer. Overall, the atmosphere is very welcoming and you feel at ease. It is not too loud and it is a place that seems that you can come to and relax after a long day.
Social Behaviors and Interactions:
Our social position going into Gabby’s were consistent with what we observed.  Being students, the social setting seems to fit our social status and role expectations, being in this environment it was easy relate to other people in this particular setting. Interactions among people were generally calm, happy and relaxed. People chatted among themselves and tended to view whatever game was playing. In addition, people did not seem to be completely intoxicated, which is considered not “norm” of students in western society. The social norm related with this bar was more as having a few drinks and eating, which ultimately created an active environment were customers felt comfortable. 
Main Social Observation:
The main social observation noticed was a division between the younger (Approximately ages 19 – 30) and older crowds (age 30+). The older crowd seems to sit close to the bar, where as, the younger crowd chose to sit by the tables and booths. Larger groups of people tend to be younger in age .The older crowd of people tend to be either unaccompanied or accompanied by one additional person. Older crowds seem to be regular customers and recognized by the staff. People who sat by themselves or with one additional person tended to be relatively quieter than those in larger groups (3+), who tended to be much louder and expressive. In addition, the social classes and statuses of people seem to be low to middle class based on their appearances.
2) Burger Bar: 10 College Street (Young and College)
Burger Bar is a very urban bar that is located in the heart of downtown. With music playing and TVs tuned to the game, the atmosphere is always lively. Upon entering, potential customers are greeted by friendly waiters, who direct them to their seats. Unlike most other bars, customers can make reservations and it is sometimes the recommend move because the bar gets very busy and waiting can take up to 20 minutes. Customers have the choice to either dine at the bar, tables or in a private booth. Also, the bar is an open concept; meaning that one can clearly see what is going on in their respective surroundings including but not limited to; watching the chiefs cook meals. Once seated, a waiter provides the customer with a menu. The menu consists of a...

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