The Score on Davie, home of the popular Luongo Caesar (a Caesar that has seen its popularity skyrocket after our feature), has now installed phone lockboxes at each of its booths, in an attempt to bring back the social interaction of the days of yore.
The phone free bar concept takes place in numerous bars all over the world. Although phones aren’t outright banned at The Score on Davie, the participation is optional.
If a group decides to use the lock box, patrons can get a key from the bartender, put their phones in the lock box and then give the key back to the bartender. If someone needs to use their phone they will have to buy the group a round of shots – AKA penalty shots – before they can use their phone.
“The idea came from one of our servers, Ian Kampman, who’s been in the industry for a long time. It’s a variation of the phone stack game where people stack their phones in the midddle of the table and have to pay the bill or buy a round if they check their phone,” said owner Jesse. “We’ve just upped the anti by actually locking it up in a clear box, which drives people nuts. It’s like cell phone re-hab!”
“People have been curious about using it and so far we’ve had a great response,” continued Jesse. “Once the phones are in there people are actually talking to each other.”