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Hold the Ice: San Francisco Bars Offer Discount on Drinks to Help Fight Severe Drought

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    Hold the Ice: San Francisco Bars Offer Discount on Drinks to Help Fight Severe Drought

    A San Francisco bar is trying to conserve water by making drinks stronger to help fight California’s historic drought. Ian Cull reports. (Published Tuesday, March 31, 2015)

    Two San Francisco bars are trying to conserve water, and making drinks stronger, to help fight California’s historic drought.

    At Wish Bar you can order a drink any way you'd like, but now, if you order that drink with no ice you'll get a dollar off.

    "It's our only thing we could cut back on,” said bar owner Andrea Minoo.

    Minoo likes to conserve. She proudly composts and recycles, and now hopes customers will share in her enthusiasm of conserving water.

    "All those measures the restaurants were taking, we're thinking how can we help? How do we contribute, even though we don't have to," Minoo said.

    A conservation special -- it doesn’t matter if it’s a hard liquor, wine, or beer. If it’s a libation lacking ice it’s less.

    An idea beer drinkers like Matthew Lynn appreciate.

    "You come here to get beer anyway and the fact that someone's offering you a dollar off just to help with water conservation? I think it's a great thing,” Lynn said.

    Minoo said many cocktails call for at least a full cup of ice, which can add up. The offer will go through next week, and is also available at her other bar Bond.

    Minoo knows it's a drop in the bucket to a massive problem, but hopes the conversations that follow will flood the city.

    "It's marginal gains. If you can get a lot of people to do just a little bit, then maybe it'll do something," Minoo said.

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