Get what you pay for


While some folks around here swear by Elephant & Castle, I’m still undecided. Now that I read this article by the Washington City Paper, I’m thinking I might be taking along my measuring cup the next time I happy hour there.

It seems Elephant & Castle was caught short, about four ounces of beer short to be exact, when they used 12 & 16 oz. glasses when they advertised 20 & 16 oz glasses on the menu. Now where is a good class-action lawyer when you need one? I think we should all get free 4 oz. shots for however long they were shorting folks to make amends.

Now I’m also wondering about all the other bars in DC. Short pours are such a chronic problem in England, there are even campaigns to stop it. None in DC though. So next time you’re at a bar, like say tonight’s anniversary party, be sure to make sure your pint measures up.

4 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 12:15 pm

    Every time I’ve been there, it’s the standard pint glass for the 16oz, and the bellshaped, or rivet-rimmed, imperial pint…


  2. Tiff (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 12:28 pm

    Yeah, you were drinking with people who’d notice if the glasses were wrong.

    It’s possible that the City Paper was being served by a bartender who didn’t know his/her shit and used the wrong glasses, though…


  3. wayan (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 12:34 pm

    From the Citypaper article:

    “Acting on that complaint the next day, measurement-minded DCRA inspectors headed straight for the downtown venue


  4. Tiff (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 1:00 pm

    Note the phrases “running a promotion” and “imprinted with the logo.” Note that they only serve Stella Artois is served in Stella Artois glasses at E&C, just as they only serve Chimay in Chimay glasses, etc.

    Of course, you need that extra half ounce of space to put that wedge of lime in your Shiner Bock. Yuppie. ;)



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