Sorry underage friends, your “Old Ironsides” no longer seem to scan


Dear College Students,

It looks like most of your well-spent time at the “Little Waldorf Saloon” is over.

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The beloved bar “Little Waldorf”.

I’ll say it’s going to be a sad end to my typical Thursday nights of peeking out my bedroom window watching an endless line of underage students screaming outside Reno’s favorite little lounge.

But all good things come to an end, right?

A collection of new ID scanners were reportedly installed in February and March across the city in an assortment of bars, including perhaps the most popular like 1up, The Wal, The Z Bar, Virginia Street Brewhouse, and more. This means that a typical fake ID probably won’t be scanned in local bars near you – however, it only seems to happen to a handful of people.

And to my dear, sweet freshmen, you are no exception. Don’t even take the risk, your ID probably won’t work. Trust me.

As I usually observe, The Wal has a queue full of people and a crowded bar with loud music. On the days students call “thirsty Thursdays,” going to the Wal is sheer madness just by looking at the queue outside. I want to bet there is absolutely no personal space for anyone inside.

However, with the introduction of the new scanners, it looks like these city bars won’t get the loving attention they usually get on Thursday nights. Or Fridays, or Saturdays, or any other day of the week.

More than likely more than half of their patrons, along with every other bar in Reno, were underage freshmen trying out their fake IDs to get drunk with their friends. I’ve been told that a typical drink that’s buzzing with toddlers is called a “Fish Bowl.” However, it is a little scary to know what is actually in this drink.

Now, what are these bars going to do when they lose all their income as the known company, the knockoffs of “Old Ironsides”, haphazardly stop operating? Do you think they will prevent new scanners from taking over?

This may mean that students will stop showing up to class hungover. Perhaps the University of Nevada, Reno will see an increase in GPA due to the ban.

Or maybe it just means they’ll keep finding clever ways around that tiny hurdle and keep skipping class just for fun.

I wonder how much longer these bars will want these scanners implemented considering it may be a while before the fake ID companies can figure out a way around the scanning systems advances.

Could some of these bars close due to loss of revenue?

If I’m being honest with you, I think there’s a good chance they can.

People are starting to find that their fakes are no longer safe when they walk into bars. They’re not going to risk getting caught, even if it means being away from bars for a while. And I think bar owners will continue to report the discovery of counterfeits.

If it makes you feel better, NUR is do not the only university grappling with this new information.

Now, that’s not to say underage students still won’t find their way into these bars and a collection of other bars elsewhere.

But it will be much more difficult to do.

Students may just have to go back to frat party weekends or basic kickbacks with their friends while drinking their own booze.

Guess it’s time to reenter the world of listening to sad country music while holding a bottle of Jack Daniels in your spare time, folks.

Either way, these young adults will find their way back to the bottle and regardless of how many bars implement these new scanners, there will be a finesse around the system.

For now, it’s time to say goodbye to your adventurous nights in the little corner saloon and it’s time for me to say goodbye to my entertainment of living vicariously through the massive lines right outside my window.

The opinions expressed in The Nevada Sagebrush are solely those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of The Nevada Sagebrush or its staff. Jaedyn Young is a student at the University of Nevada studying journalism and English. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @jaedyn_young3.


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