"Hey, how about a quick drink after work tonight?"
"Sure, I'll make the reservation."
Seriously, reservations? For a DRINK? SERIOUSLY? This was my reaction when I first heard about Bourbon & Branch's...unique policy for allowing you to pass through their hallowed doors. However, since I adore what the name imparts -- "branch" refers to branch water, an old-timey term for pure water that spilled from a tiny stream called a "branch," thus the drink "bourbon and branch" means bourbon and water -- I am willing to jump through a few hoops. A few.
I go to make a reservation via their slick website and I'm faced with the normal requests: date, time, number of people, length of time...wait. LENGTH of TIME? I have a drop-down choice of one hour, one and a half hours, and two hours, with a caveat that states if we intend to stay longer than two hours, I should please contact their "private events request."
Not really that accustomed to or thrilled by the idea of being held to a specific time when keeping track of said time renders the enjoyment of lingering over a good cocktail and good company pointless, I bristled a bit. Then I put me and my date down for a full two hours.