Bars, one of the original social networks, are still going strong. Compare face time vs Facebook, touch vs tweet, conversation vs comment, and you’ll find that a real bar wins out over cyberspace if only for one simple reason: You can’t wet your whistle online.

When it comes to eat, drink, man, woman, the fundamental things apply. Loyalty–as in being there–matters more than a quick “like,” as some Groupon clients have been complaining to the embarrassment of the e-coupon network’s vaunted IPO hopes. The Groupon story, reported from a Honolulu perspective by Anna Harmon, ran in the Weekly’s Sept. 28 issue–days ahead of a similar piece in The New York Times Oct. 2.

You can count on us to let you know what’s trending and what’s true. You’ll find lots of real-world reasons for getting out and about in this, our Bar Guide issue.