Mad Men Lives – Agency Bars Are Back

bbdo central filing Drinking and advertising go hand in hand. It just does, that is the way it is. I’ll never forget the head of an agency, where I once worked, proudly displaying the kegerator he had just put in. Every Friday, we let ad sales people buy us a keg. Not a bad deal.

Ad Age reports the resurgence of the in house ad agency bar. They have also put together a list of the best agency bars around. They range from full-fledged, working bars to more of a regular happy hour. It also seems that having clients that sell booze inspire the best agency bars, as well they should.

The following are a few excerpts, highlighting the best agency bars around:

ARNOLD, BOSTON – “It’s stocked with liquor from the agency’s Brown-Forman clients, including Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort.”

JWT, NEW YORK – “Features a 50-foot-long bar featuring a full selection of spirits from client Diageo at subsidized prices”

BBDO, NEW YORK – “An Institution for over 30 years, this bar moved from with BBDO from its Madison Avenue to its current offices on the Avenue of the Americas. The bar serves clients’ products only, from Pepsi to Red Stripe to Gallo wines.”

TBWA/CHIAT/DAY, LOS ANGELES – “Constructed using surfboards, it used for parties. Products from clients Budweiser and Absolut Vodka are served.”

DAVID & GOLIATH, LOS ANGELES – “Measuring close to 16 feet of solid walnut wood, the impressive bar is a hub of social activity in the agency. Clients 42 Below vodka and Cazadores tequila help keep the bar stocked.”

RIVET, ST. LOUIS – “Complete with pingpong table, and stocked with Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, a client, as well as wine and other basic drinks.”

MINDSHARE, NEW YORK – “Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, MindShare employees enjoy pinball and a cash bar that serves bottled beer and hard liquor, including client Imperia vodka.”

Read the whole article: Latest Happy-Hour Hot Spot: The Office [Ad Age]

Photo by Ed Dillon, BBDO New York.


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