Friday 1st saw the Cube host the Greatness of the Magnificence Bowie Night, in which I played a fleeting part as a member of the Orchestra Cube. I actually spent most of the evening serving behind the bar, allowing me to indulge in my hobby of observing the drinking habits of the British public, well the Cube clientele. According to Zuleika , the size of the bar take can be extrapolated from the number of Absinthe shots sold. When the bar was cashed up at the end of the evening, we discovered we had taken some 800 quid.
With 77 paying punters, plus perhaps another 23 assorted volunteers, band members, groupies and liggers, that’s around 100 people in the building, giving an average spend per punter of Â£8. Eight quid gets you three bottles of beer or lager, which on the face of it doesn’t sound too unreasonable during the course of the evening’s entertainment.
What is possibly more interesting to contemplate is the standard deviation, or spread of this average. As some people may be limiting themselves to a single drink, it follows that some people must be drinking the equivalent of 5 or 6 bottles. Still, this is a society where alcohol consumption and excessive alcohol consumption is the social norm.
I’ll get my coat.