Thursday, January 16, 2014

It Seems To Be Working

The new bar has been open a little over a month now. People seem to have adjusted OK. We have 50% more Mug Club members. Various locals are zeroing in on their favorites stools. The Bacon Bloody Mary is more popular than ever. No shortage of laughter. It just might be working.



9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What happened to the leather chairs? Maybe not this season but, perhaps the next it would be nice to have something comfortable to sit in again while enjoying a tasty beverage. Is this possible?

nick said...

I have to be honest. the basin is my favorite resort due to the locals & vibe. I love the a frame and was excited for the reno. the pine beetle wall is amazing.

however its just not the same. i know change,change... but the new, obviously larger wait staff was pretty over-bearing. I'm not going to judge just let and let them get a season under their belt.

but I literally saw a waitress tell a man that he couldn't eat his pizza (that he had purchased in the cafe) in the bar area? really? doesn't the money all go to the same place?

that and the sign that said "ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK IN BAR AREA!"

i get it. nothing lasts forever. its good-just different.

Mathew said...

Al, one of the beers I ordered was 2 degrees colder than I'd prefer. Not sure what you guys were thinking there, but things really need to meet my unrealistic expectations...

For those finding the most minute details to complain about... you're at a ski MOUNTAIN at 11,000 ft in the middle of the Rockies, in winter. If having others powder your balls and wiping your nose every time you feel a slight sniffle is more your style then go to a RESORT like Beaver Creek. Being able to ski is one of the most privileged activities you can participate in, check your entitlement.

Anonymous said...

@ Mathew, Its not about the minor details it's about the possibility of losing the family and local atmosphere that makes the basin such a great place. Its not about entitlement its about trying to keep the basin as the basin. Or many you just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Nick, which bar or restaurant that you know of allows you to bring your own drinks and food in?? Are you kidding me?

Hey can I borrow the keys to your house? I want to come over and use your couch and TV for free for a bit...

Mathew said...

@anonymous: New(er) Molly Hogan surface lift, expanded ski school, kids ski free offerings, etc... seems like the Basin is pushing the family vibe fairly well. I've found irony in the 6th Alley renovation with it seemingly busier and more crowded than before; more room = more people, new bar = increase in curious visitors.

As far as no outside food, sounds about right. No reason for a whole table to be taken up by non-paying customers at the expense of paying customers (and A-Basin's staff). There's always the option to grill your own food in the parking lot which is not a possibility at the majority of places in the US.

All in all, we have it really well.

nick said...

@ anon, please. im not talking about a cooler of food... chill out.

you gonna pay me $300 to ride in my backyard? I'd be down for that. But you can't bring anything in homie... and the bulldog gets the couch.

Anonymous said...

I dig the new bar. Yeah it's not the same as the old, but I could barely find a chair to sit in in the old bar...so I like this much better.

No one will let you bring in outside food or drink, but its kind of absurd that no food from the cafeteria would be allowed.

All in all, the new bar is pretty great. A basin will lose its vibe when they put a big humongous resort in, which is most likely never.

Benson Dubois said...

Only comment on the "new place" is vibe it out a bit. Get some of the sterility out of it and infuse it with a bit more personality. It is a nice space, but still feels kinda cold and sterile.

Not saying it needs "37 pieces of flair", but it needs something...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5YClmS3umk