This, of course, brings up all sorts of questions. What does it take to open a bar? How would I make it profitable? Do my ideas of what makes a good bar make one that would attract the sorts of people I'd like it to?
I also got to thinking that maybe what I want is more of a private club. Something along the lines of the Member's Rooms of the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society. I wonder how many of the regulations that apply to bars I could circumvent (things like closing times, allowing smoking if I wanted to, etc.) by being a "private club," if any?
I've often said that one of the things I might do when I retire is open a bar. It would have no signage indicating it was such but if you were the sort that should be there, you'd know where it was and would be welcome. My fantasy retirement bar has chess and go boards, shelves of books, a place for performance and lighting and acoustics that work well for acoustic performances. I would stock nothing but the best of the various offerings. You want a Budweiser? You better mean the Czech version, because you're not getting the American version here.