To save the city’s nightlife industry, Simo says she needs a fundamental overhaul. Intermediate vending machines, for example, could be eliminated, drinks could be served in barrels, and the role of bartenders could be reduced.
Greg Boehm, owner of Cocktail Kingdom – a seller of bar accessories – and a handful of bars in New York City, sees a future in high-priced cocktails.
“The emphasis will be on hospitality and comfort rather than bringing people in and out,” said Boehm, whose establishments include Katana Kitten. “I travel a lot in Tokyo, I have been to hundreds of bars where there are only eight people.”