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The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s 

Lauren Slocum
Updated December 6, 2019 17.4k votes 1.8k voters 35k views 28 items

Bars and booze... we love to hate them and we hate to love 'em. When you're thirty, you're too old to wear a sombrero in a bar, but you still love drowning your sorrows in a delightful glass of sudsy alcoholic self-confidence. So what does a thirsty 30-something do? Suck it up and deal with all of these annoying scenarios that you WILL experience if you don't choose your bars wisely. 

Realizing you've outgrown your favorite watering hole is a sad, sad thing. Suddenly, the place you used to flee to for refuge and solitude has turned into a meat market for rabid college students and a breeding ground for terrible selfies. And college kids and selfie sticks hardly scratch the surface when it comes to why bars suck. Have you ever heard of a thing called Trap music? Oh, what? You couldn't hear me over the obnoxious volume of the not-so-ironic Spice Girls and Limp Bizkit jams? 

But what are the absolute worst things about going out when you're in your thirties? This list of reasons bars are the worst just might be the reason you save money this month. Or, maybe it'll inspire you to start looking for seedier dive bars on the outskirts of town - we'd all rather drink with a crusty biker gang than a pack of frat bros, anyways. Vote up the most relatable terrible bar situations and add any of your own to the list!
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Realizing Your Two Drink... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing Your Two Drinks Cost the Same as a Six Pack or a Bottle of Wine
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Realizing You Could Be o... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing You Could Be on Your Couch Instead
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You Have to Go to Work i... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
You Have to Go to Work in the Morning
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Realizing You Were Once ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing You Were Once as Annoying as Everyone Around You
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Overhearing Annoying New... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Overhearing Annoying New Sayings Like "Ish" and "Lit"
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Watching Old Dudes Hit o... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Watching Old Dudes Hit on Super Young Girls
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Waking Up the Next Day w... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Waking Up the Next Day with a Hangover from Hell Because You Had More Than Two Drinks
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Realizing You're the Old... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing You're the Oldest Person in the Bar
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Watching Drunken Testost... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Watching Drunken Testosterone Escalate Into Fights
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Having to Listen to the ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Having to Listen to the Terrible Music the Youngsters Play on the Jukebox
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The Music Is Always Too ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
The Music Is Always Too Loud
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You Don't Have Time to W... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
You Don't Have Time to Wait in Line to Get In
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Waiting for College Girl... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Waiting for College Girls to Order 17 Mixed Drinks
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Listening to Trap Music ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Listening to Trap Music for an Entire Evening
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Not Being Able to Drink ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
RobLein added Not Being Able to Drink What You Used to Be Able to Drink
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Overhearing Hipsters Tal... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Overhearing Hipsters Talk About Tarantino Films or Climate Change or Anything
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Girls Crying in Public ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Girls Crying in Public
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Waiting in Line for a Si... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Waiting in Line for a Single Stall While Drunk Girls Text and Gossip in There Together
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Not Getting ID'ed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Not Getting ID'ed
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Not Knowing Any of the S... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Not Knowing Any of the Songs the Youngsters Play on the Jukebox
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Realizing That People St... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing That People Still Yell "Shots"
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Checking Out Women in Th... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
RobLein added Checking Out Women in Their 40s Instead of Women in Their 20s
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Sweating Your Ass Off in... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Sweating Your Ass Off in Your Work Clothes
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That Feeling Like You're... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
That Feeling Like You're Getting in the Way of Everyone's Selfies
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Being Confronted With Yo... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
habu027 added Being Confronted With Your Empty, Meaningless Existence