Since its inauguration in January of this year, Ann Arbor’s Brillig Dry Bar has garnered high praise from the cool dad community as a ‘neat’ spot to grab a pop on a Saturday night for kids who otherwise can’t seem to handle their shit.
The semi-weekly pop-up bar, which serves exclusively alcohol-free drinks, is being hailed by the University’s cool dad community as a positively “neat-orooney” alternative to frat parties and other forms of off-campus debauchery—especially for students who are less experienced in the art of keeping their shit together after a couple of Rolling Rocks and a shot of Fireball.
“Killer spot!” said Bill Gerben, father of LSA freshman Sarah Gerben. “Back in my glory days I would have been all over a place like this—that is, if I’d had a demonstrated inability to down a few light beers without making a total ass of myself, like Sarah,” Mr. Gerben continued.
“This place really has it all,” said self-identified cool dad Victor Lopez. “Shirley Temples, Pandora One, and even a few stale cookies in a tray by the hostess!”
“What more could a kid who can’t handle his shit ask for?” Lopez said. “When I take my son out to the Dry Bar I tell him he can order anything he likes, bring his girlfriend if he wants, heck—I can be cool,” added Lopez between sips from his bendy straw. “If he wants a Mountain Dew, he knows I’ll keep it between us, even though mom typically asks me to check in on that because of all the caffeine.”
“It’s really a groovy little watering hole for the under-21 set,” Lopez continued. “And in my son’s case, it’s the perfect atmosphere for a dimwit whose shit completely escapes him after a few sips of Malibu.”