Back to Crispins

It had been a busy week, so we decided to return to nearby Crispins Wine Bar last night. It reaffirmed my first impressions of a fun neighbourhood spot. The staff were really friendly and easygoing. We glugged a couple of glasses of beaujolais nouveau, and snacked on hummus and pita bread, and grilled chorizo. People wandered in and out, some planting themselves with a bottle for the whole evening, some just for a glass. It felt nice.

There was even a bit of entertainment when a couple of kids came in and tried to get served drinks. They were refused because they didn’t have ID, so ordered a bottle of water instead, still complaining. They started raising their voices, saying that their father was just parking the car, but were still refused any alcohol. Then they started getting lairy with nearby patrons who tried – or who they thought were trying – to calm them down.

Things start to escalate when the bar staff notice that the £20 bill the kid’s trying to use to pay for his bottle of water is obviously fake, and they call him out about it. The one kid starts getting really angry, the other starts for the door, and they’re told to get out. The woman behind the bar steps outside after them and spots them going into a bar just down the block; she figures they’ll try the same stunt and calls the cops. A few minutes later the cops show up, she takes them down the block, and points out the kids (we know all this because she came back and told us afterwards). The cops find they’ve passed a fake twenty at that bar, and they’re busted with a wad of counterfeit bills in their pockets.

Dinner, drinks, and a show!

2 Responses to “Back to Crispins”

  1. November 29, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Odd. Angry punks with with a wad of fake bills does not scream “wine bar” to me.

  2. November 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I know! The odd thing was, this happened about 5 minutes after I said to the missus that I liked this bar because it wasn’t the kind of place that young ‘uns would want to hang out in.

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