Male & Female: Dating Bars

MALE & FEMALE

Even for today's liberated career woman, walking into a bar and ordering a drink on her own still borders on indiscretion, or at least embarrassment.

But there is one kind of saloon where the post-college girl in her 20s enters without trepidation—although having a roommate along helps. This is the fast-growing institution known as the "dating bar," which deliberately seeks the patronage of single males and females by providing the ambiance of a cocktail party mixed with the nostalgic roar of a fraternity blast.

The décor usually runs to dark paneling,...

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