Raising the Bar: Like a Ted Talk, but with alcohol

Raising the bar
Raising the Bar is coming back to a pub near you. Photo credit: Auckland University

It might not be how you normally hit the pub with mates, but it'll guarantee the chat will be better. 

Auckland University is bringing back Raising the Bar for its second year running: a worldwide initiative to bring knowledge to the city's nightlife.

Twenty talks from different experts take place across 10 bars on one night - August 28.

Such topics include 'Race and Queerness in Bounce music' at Little Easy on Ponsonby Rd, 'Big Brother is Everywhere' at Snickel Lane on Customs Street or 'Apples, Ancestors and Rock Hard Evidence' at Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen on Sale Street.

It seems to be a dangerous game, given our chronic binge drinking culture. Hopefully nobody vomits down themselves while learning about neuroscience.

Raising the Bar was first begun by a group of New York City students in New York in 2013, who wanted to be inspired "outside of the classroom".

"That's why we decided to bring the city's brightest minds to the last place you would expect them: in your neighbourhood bar."

"Grab a beer and come learn how to build a spaceship," is their tagline.

You can find more information and reserve tickets on the official website.



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