The strangest thing is how organisers keep picking expensive, fashionable bars. All of this is fine if the organisers are paying. However it's a usually a pay bar so it's the guests who pay for the organiser's bad choices.
Sometimes the organisers stump up some cash. One event I went to a few weeks back the organisers stuck $500 in the pot.
Because they chose one of the most expensive in town the tab ran out in less than half an hour, leaving guests presented with fat bills for their beers.
The one I went to tonight was a doozy. Not only did they choose an expensive bar, but it had no draught or cheap beer. Expensive imports only.
But the kicker was the bar was a disused bank vault. Perfect for demonstrating wireless broadband applications.
You've gotta wonder.