Originally Posted by Cavalier
If your taste is developed and mature, what are you doing hanging out with plebs at places they drink Coors Light?
There's a time and a place for everything IMO.
At a nice restaurant or lounge I'll drink scotch, otherwise I'll order something else that is less noticeably better then what everyone else is drinking, i.e. gin and a splash of tonic. Or just order JW Red and save the single malt stuff for another time.
Walking around a dive bar with a snifter (assuming a dive bar would have such a thing) filled with cognac is pretty lame and contrived (not pompous). Don't forget your top hat and monocle! Even those people with good taste and good fortunes know how to fit in and acclimate themselves with the general population when needed.
Well put. This is a better-stated version of what I was driving at with my post. If people don't like people/places where Bud Light and Coors is the norm I don't begrudge them that, but trying to exercise top shelf taste in that context looks ridiculous.
I had a friend back in the day who always used to conspicuously order expensive drinks when we went out, regardless of where we were. We'd be at some dive bar drinking Budweiser, and he'd order a Hennessy because he thought it made him look cool. It was always so contrived, and it was embarassing to be around him. The guy didn't know anything about good cognac, he just drank it because he'd heard of it in hip hop songs. His white suburban emulation of rappers combined with his need to do it in the worst contexts made him look like an idiot. Are all people who drink expensive drinks in dive bars like my friend? No. Some people can appreciate the quality in a way he couldn't, but that doesn't make it any less strange and out of place.