to think it's a good idea to sell gin in cafes?

(42 Posts)
purplepinkstars Sat 07-Sep-13 13:41:38

Because after shopping with a one and a three year old I need gin, and I don't even like gin, but I need it. And hot chocolate doesn't do enough, even with cream and marshmallows, the biscuit would help but ds1 takes that, even when they give me two. So aibu?

meditrina Sat 07-Sep-13 13:44:59

Quite a lot of independent cafes are licensed. Happy hunting!

Or buy a can of premixed and keep it in your bag for emergencies?

mineofuselessinformation Sat 07-Sep-13 13:45:08

YANBU. I had a rather harassed shopping outing with my dcs a while ago and in the middle of M&S declared rather too loudly 'I've got half a mind to buy one of those little bottles of wine and sip it in the car on the way home'...... The look of absolute shock on the face of the man standing near me was hilarious! grin

HugoDarling Sat 07-Sep-13 13:59:18


Hip flask in the meantime?

tunnocksteacake Sat 07-Sep-13 14:03:05

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scaevola Sat 07-Sep-13 14:05:52

YANBU - and it does seem like an excellent reason to take your custom to independent cafés, not (teetotal) chains.

sue52 Sat 07-Sep-13 14:10:54

Lovely idea. Gin and cake, how yummy. Those tins of premixed gin and tonic are quite vile.

Tweenangst Sat 07-Sep-13 14:41:38

I always take a can of g&t to friends when visiting in hospital after they have had babies. I have been reliably informed on more than one occasion it's the best new baby present ever. Perhaps I should bring a cake also!

stubbornstains Sat 07-Sep-13 14:46:05

It's an ideal accompaniment to chess, in shabby cafes. Especially if you've just been released from Room 101 and are waiting for the longed-for bullet to enter your brain.

WaitMonkey Sat 07-Sep-13 14:53:06

Gin is always a good idea.

weirdthing Sat 07-Sep-13 14:58:57

Somehow it makes me think of a broken Winston Smith...

weirdthing Sat 07-Sep-13 14:59:30

Ah, stubbornstains has got there before me smile

MadBusLady Sat 07-Sep-13 15:01:54

M&S do a ready-mixed G&T in a little tin. <helpful>

MadBusLady Sat 07-Sep-13 15:02:55

Ah, I RTFT and I see you all already know about them. They do taste a bit weird yes, I think it's the sweetener? Why you'd have a sweetener in G&T I don't know. But any port in a storm!

Lovecat Sat 07-Sep-13 15:05:40

((tunnocks)) hope you get good news soon.

Have recently come back from a trip to Paris and was most impressed by the fact that even the most teashoppiest salon de the will sell you wine. Gin would have been even better... I love Gin in a Tin, it's saved my sanity on more than one camping trip!

stubbornstains Sat 07-Sep-13 15:07:41

weirdthing The end of 1984 always makes me cry. Poor, poor Winston sad.

purplepinkstars Sat 07-Sep-13 16:20:40

Also hoping you get good news tunnocks

Hip flask and gin in a tin - great ideas smile usually I just eat loads of chocolate and pretend it helps, after three bars on Thursday I felt a bit sick though, hence the longing for gin...

Hope you hear some positive news (((Tunnocks)))

weirdthing Sat 07-Sep-13 17:00:29

1984 is a fabulous book and John Hurt is brilliant in the film too.

StuntGirl Sat 07-Sep-13 17:08:38

My brother keeps a hipflask of jager on his person at all times.

HoopersGinger Sat 07-Sep-13 17:14:54

I am a lone parent with 4 children. Pleas can someone official please inform me of my personal gin allowance?

HoopersGinger Sat 07-Sep-13 17:15:55

Please *

ginmakesitallok Sat 07-Sep-13 17:16:56


PoppyWearer Sat 07-Sep-13 17:17:19


Theme parks should also sell gin, IMHO. Would make the whole awful experience just that little bit more bearable.

In the meantime, I must find DH's hip flask...

PoppyWearer Sat 07-Sep-13 17:18:40

Hoopers I've consulted the gin-allowance handbook* and the allowance for you is technically known as "a shitload".

5+ DCs and you qualify for "a fuckload".

*not really.

PoppyWearer Sat 07-Sep-13 17:20:04

Oh and I am not official.

(Where is OliviaMumsnet when we need her, she is off-the-gin but very much the Official Voice on all things gin-related).

HoopersGinger Sat 07-Sep-13 17:22:03

Great news indeed Poppy ! I can purchase it from M&S ready mixed with my vast benefit wealth smile

PoppyWearer Sat 07-Sep-13 17:22:59

Huzzah! wine

TheYamiOfYawn Sat 07-Sep-13 18:00:17

You need a hipflask of brandy to add to the hot chocolate.

tunnocksteacake Sat 07-Sep-13 18:01:09

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PoppyWearer Sat 07-Sep-13 19:04:35

The Gin Allowance Handbook, "GAH" for short. For those moments when you say "Gah!" and need gin. grin

PGTip Sat 07-Sep-13 19:08:42

YABU I don't like gin, but will agree to it if they have vodka as well gringrin

DP drunk all my emergency Gin-In-A-Tin. AIBU to LTB?

Oh, 'a shitload' for me too, great!

OP, YANBU of course.
I'd rather NOT go to a teetotal cafe at all with DCs in tow, then go with them and have to stick to carrot cake (much as I like, 'tis not the same as gin).

Ooh I went to the Beanotown exhibition in London, and they sold cocktails and alcohol in their sandwich bar cafe. Mothers of menaces needing alcohol? Genius idea.

Winterwardrobetime Sat 07-Sep-13 19:17:56

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DameFanny Sat 07-Sep-13 19:22:11

I may have taken gininatin on the last couple of family picnics. I don't like lemonade or ginger beer and DH doesn't like my driving so I think it's perfectly permissable.

eddiemairswife Sat 07-Sep-13 19:44:12

Drinking some now.Henceforth I shall call my Winter Fuel Allowance my Gin Allowance.

PGTip Sun 08-Sep-13 14:18:07

Peppermint, my eldest would love the Beanotown exhibition, is it still on??

It finished today. It was on over the summer months as for the 75th anniversary. It was good but you didn't miss anything amazing.

CHJR Sun 08-Sep-13 19:24:38

I think alcohol and newspapers should be on tap (but only at adult height) next to children's playgrounds grin

beanandspud Sun 08-Sep-13 19:50:30

I've always thought cafés should just give away a free gin to every parent who looks as if they need one. A bit like the free shots that you often get after a meal on holiday.

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