CityBeat’s “Best of” issue came out on Wednesday. If you forgot to pick it up, good luck in finding it now. That issue doesn’t stay in those racks very long. Of course, you can always read it online.
Did you go to the “Best of” party on Wednesday night? It was held at Bertke Electric Warehouse in Northside. I didn’t go, but when I read about it, it got me thinking of the first CityBeat party I ever went to.
This was back in the spring of 2000. I was a fairly new employee at the time and the “Best of” issue had just come out. If you think it’s easy to put together a paper of that size every year, you’re wrong. It requires a lot of work.
Back then, CityBeat was at their old location at 7th & Vine and the paper came out on Thursdays. On that Thursday, back in 2000 and after the issue came out, we closed the office early.
All of us walked over to The Barrelhouse in Over-the-Rhine. Don’t go looking for that bar and restaurant now, because it’s no longer around, but they had great food and great beer. The management at CityBeat threw a party there for their staff to celebrate getting the issue out and to thank them for working so hard.
Yep—that was my first “Best of” party back in 2000. My, how times have changed.
A few years after that, “Best of” parties became open to the public which was all well and good. They were still fun and they were still free. The free part changed on Wednesday night.
General admission, before March 22, was $25 per person. If you didn’t get your act together and just showed up at the door on Wednesday night, you had to add another ten bucks to that $25 to get in. When you add it all up, we’re not talking chump change here.
Look: I get it. This is about sales and marketing and moving forward and promoting that “Best of” issue. It’s all necessary. I’m not faulting anyone. It’s me, not them.
As for the event on Wednesday night in Northside, I’m sure it was all worth it; sure you got a lot of bang for your buck—all that. I know some of the people who put those CityBeat parties together and they work hard to make sure everyone has a great time. I wish everyone involved with these parties and the one held on Wednesday night nothing but the best. Really. They know that.
But that kind of party and having to pay money to go to it just isn’t for me. Yes. Consider me a stick in the mud.
Barrelhouse in Over-the-Rhine is gone and so are those free “Best of” parties. It’s true I guess that nothing stays the same and I can accept that—but it doesn’t mean I can’t be a little bit sad about it too.
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