For those people who work and play hard, there are not many things that are more satisfying than stopping off at the local bar. After a hard day at work or on the golf course, a few cool ones at the local bar are extremely relaxing. The local bar fulfills many purposes. In many places, it is the social center of the town or neighborhood. In small towns, it is where the locals gather to discuss the social issues, the daily gossip or the local high school football team. No other place can consistently perform this function. In large cities, especially the cities in the Eastern United States, the local bar is the neighbor gathering place. Workers will stop in the local bar and have a few beers before heading home. Just like the local bars in small towns, this is where all the local news is discussed, argued, and agreed upon. Local bars are also great places for friends to meet and hang out. The local bars have their regulars to stop by on a frequent basis. Just like in the TV sitcom, Cheers, it is a place where everybody knows your name. A comfortable atmosphere with friends makes the visit even more enjoyable. Local bars can come in all varieties and types. There are the old rundown establishments that haven't seen an upgrade in years. With large mirrors behind a oversized bar, bar stools and the jukebox playing tunes, what the place lacks in furnishings it more than makes up in atmosphere. The clientele make the place what it is.