The price of drinks over the last ten or so years has risen to obscene levels at almost all nightspots. At many places you can easily drop $40 or $50 bucks on three or four glasses of wine, with tip and all. Even beer is ridiculous. Forget mixed drinks. So imagine my shock when I happened to wander into Barney’s Beanery last night and ordered a Miller Chill and the bartender held two fingers up. “Two dollars?,” I said. “Two,” she said. Astonishing.

Main dining room at Barney’s Beanery — Monday, 7.21.08, 10:05 pm