The Washington Times - April 22, 2009, 06:14AM

Two Brits have opened a new London bar where alcohol is breathed in, not drunk, ABC News is reporting.

The Alcoholic Architecture fills a room with a gin-and-tonic vapor.  Patrons wearing special suits inhale the air — for about $7 a hour.  About 40 minutes in the vapor bar is equivalent to drinking one cocktail.


“When you breathe, instead of the alcohol going into your liver, it goes right into your bloodstream,” creator Sam Bompas said.

Well, my liver thanks you, Sam.  But my sinuses would like to have a word with you.

This new bar sounds ingenious, but I have my doubts about it.  First of all, you have to wear a special suit to imbibe.  I’ve already got special “pizza pants” for weekend meals.  I don’t want to get special drinking pants.  Sounds like adult diapers.

If 40 minutes equals one drink, then you’d have to spend quite a bit of time in the vapor bar to really tie one on — like four or five hours.  It kinda sounds like detention, with benefits.

It sounds like all they offer right now is the gin and tonic.  What if you prefer something else?  I’m thinking a Bloody Mary could get very messy.

Of course, a vapor bar will change how we talk about being inebriated.  You can’t say you’re drunk because you haven’t drunken anything.  Would you say you’re “breathed?”  Then again, you still could say that you had gotten a snoot full.