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Hey, I Just Met You… And This is Crazy

1020 on a Saturday night

This evening, Bwog received a tip that is unusual both for its length (long) and its topic (love).

In it, Robert (not his real name) goes to 1020, meets two girls named Kristine and Kristine (not their real names) and falls in love with one of them. Upon her leaving, he asks her to meet him at Alma at dawn, where he’ll be waiting. She does not show. It is a hard read, no matter which way you approach it. But for the names, which have been changed, the tip is unedited.

Read on for social anxiety, a booth, coconut water, David Foster Wallace, and a very long night.

To: tips@bwog.com
From: robert@gmail.com
Subject: (minor edit, read this one) I need your guys’ help in trying to find the girl I fell in love with (last night at 1020)

Dear Bwog,

I need your guys’ help in trying to find the girl I fell in love with (last night at 1020)

Yes, I’m serious. Yes, I said love. I also know that you laughed at the (last night at 1020) bit in the subject, but I can tell you with all my heart, that doesn’t matter. You can’t control where it happens.

I swear to God, all of this happened.

All I know about her is that her name is Kristine.

If you want to see why you should help me let me tell you the story:

Behind The Bar: 1020 Talks Back

The unofficial drink of 1020

It’s famously hard to get details about the inner workings of Bwog’s favorite bar, 1020. So we jumped at the chance to ask our nosiest questions to an employee who has spent two years behind 1020′s bar. Here’s what our source had to say… 

Bwog: What’s the hands-down craziest thing you’ve seen happen?

1020 Bartender: A girl once wrote a large number of profanities on a guys beige jacket—which was hanging on the back of his chair—since he didn’t offer her his seat. She wrote it in red lipstick. I thought that was pretty crazy.

Bwog: Anything crazy ever happened at closing time?

1020 Bartender: Last year a guy walked in about 20 minutes before closing and declared it was his birthday. I told him I had already done last call, but he said he wanted to buy everyone at the bar a shot to celebrate with him, so obviously I let him. I told him I could give everyone a Sambuca shot and light it on fire, which he thought was the coolest thing. And, to get an even bigger tip (this was the whole idea…), I told him I could light his on fire in his mouth as long as he was careful and didn’t let sambuca drip onto his chin or cheek.

He didn’t succeed—a small part of his cheek lit on fire and I slapped him to put it out. I didn’t get a very good tip.

Bwog: How many shots is the most you’ve seen someone do in one sitting? What were the shots of?

1020 Bartender: Another bartender once served 150 shots of 1800 Tequila to a group of around 5 people.

Bwog: What are the habits of a good 1020 customer, as far as you’re concerned?

1020 Bartender: I’ll answer this question in advice form:

Tip high on the first drink, but don’t try to talk too much. The bartender will probably engage you in conversation when you come back to order thinking that you will continue to tip generously. (After all, we are there to make money.) Don’t use a credit card if you’re not buying over $20 worth of drinks, and don’t crumple money or leave it in a pile of beer. Take a shot if offered one, and don’t ever complain if it’s Jameson.

Jameson is the unofficial drink of 1020.

Bwog: Do a lot of guys hit on you?

1020 Bartender: Ehhh, its not what people normally think of. I don’t normally get comments that refer to anything specifically. It’s mostly just that guys want you to like them, think they’re cool, and consequently make them feel cool. So they act “cool,” whatever their interpretation of that word may be.

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