There is probably only one person better at the Irish exit than I am and that is my friend Michael. Michael is so talented that one time we were out dancing and in the middle of a twirl he was gone and I was alone in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by strangers. This skill is one of my favorites of his because it always makes a good story at brunch the next day.
Many agree that the best way to exit a party is to slip out quietly. I am pretty infamous amongst friends for only popping by and then disappearing. I am terrible at just hanging out, I need purpose. (Pro tip #1: At your next party give me a job and I will be there all night.)
But in the last month I have had a few nights where I stuck it out and had the most amazing time. And when I stop to really think about it, none of my memorable evenings are ones when did Irish exit. Perhaps there is something to say for sticking it out and not Irish exiting.
While in London we went out on a Saturday night for dinner, drinks, and whatever comes next. My secret plan was to sneak away after a drink but once I learned the tubes closed I couldn’t leave my friend behind.Dancing quickly became #1 on my agenda but my friends weren’t as game. (Pro tip #2: Once I realize I am in it for the long haul, the only reasonable solution for me is dancing, my favorite “see where the night takes us” activity.) Instead the night took us around Soho, introduced new friends, explored hidden bars, tested flirting skills, and capped off with just us girls and an abnormally large table full of dim sum.
It was a night that as I ended my trip, easily became my favorite… and a night I nearly missed out on.
Are you starting to pick up a trend, Andbubblegum?
It is time to live the lives we always wanted – to love and live fully and openly. Not every night will ended with a dance party or dim sum with your girls… but it just might.