Indulging While Listening – Yea or Nay?

Audiogon member, PhD, has come up with another great topic: If you were going to have a serious listening session would you, or would not have a drink? He says, “I was curious how many audiophiles have a glass of wine or beer when listening to their system. I myself on occasions have done this with excellent results, although it’s not a habit.”

From whiskey to substances medicinally legal in a handful of states to nothing at all, it seems we can all agree on NOT being totally blotto when listening; delicate audio equipment and fumbling hands aren’t a good mix…

I try not to drink when I am listening to my system. It might lead to my thinking that I have one of the best systems that anyone has ever heard. Them i goes on Audiogon and kinda slur me worlds and brag about to everybody ( thank god for auto spell ) and the i wake up in the next unit ofer and thn my x findes me sleepen on the flore witch is gooder then the house her x bult for her dam dog….then…..please dont let me hit the sublet bottom …

Check out some of the other comments below and then add yours!

Always something when listening at night and I’m in for the evening.

Yes, some evenings a couple of Guinness Extra Stouts (the original) does seem to mesh me with the music even more. Once in a while, a nice red wine substitutes.

A few Beck Sapphire beers between 3 & 6.
After dinner some XO & a Trinadad Fundador sets the mood for vinyl.

Vodka or whiskey generally. Wine or beer sometimes, but usually something while listening.

Diet Coke or Iced Tea

No. I listen nearly all day every day.. I have a beer only maybe once a month if in the mood. I have little interest in wine, and only drink hard stuff when out.
I guess I am not much of a drinker. Though I could party pretty hard when much younger.

If marijuana was legal 100% I would use pot. And probably be a pothead.
Since it is not legal, and I want to keep my freedom, I pass on the joy of pot.
I probably would eat it instead of smoking it. As the smoke smell is way too noticeable. Brownies anyone???

Turkey Hill Diet Green Tea … choices are a lot easier as my body cannot tolerate the hard stuff. I would probably smoke a cigar, if I didn’t have cats or furnishings or a wife as I don’t want any of the three smelling like tobacco smoke.

This time of the year, a couple Sam Adams Octoberfest really conditions my ears for the musical euphoria that takes place.

Certainly, either scotch or red wine, when available and in moderate amounts, otherwise the sound stage would lose focus 😉

The combination of great jazz and an intoxicant makes me sleepy, so, I no longer indulge in the devil’s weed or drink while seriously listening.

How many of you have awakened in a panic after finding out the stylus on your turntable had been scratching at the end of an LP after you had fallen asleep while listening?

A little weed allows me to get drawn further into the music. Highly recommended A+ on my recommended list.

I certainly appreciated the combination of music and pot while in college in the 70’s, but I haven’t used pot since. These days, I look forward to listening at night, with a couple fingers of good scotch.


Beer or red wine with dinner is typical and if music follows the combo is great.

If no alcohol at dinner then single malt scotch is my favorite. I drink it straight up, no ice and no water and limit to a small amount in a proper whiskey glass.

Pinot Noir

Sounds like we should gather together for a Woodstock festival.

Pinot Noir, a good Cab or Pilsner or Ale, but not all the time. Fridays and weekends for sure, sometimes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,…
I’d like to mention how nice and grown up folk have become to allow pot into the conversation without the usual backlash that used to accompany it. The times they are a’changin.

Vodka with club soda, single malt scotch or Layer Cake Malbec red wine.

Usually a Black Russian but sometimes a nice porter…

I have a glass or 2 of Merlot, Cabernet or Shiraz with dark chocolate every night. If my system is on, it does enhance the taste and mood.

A glass of mineral water and sometimes a small slice of dry bread

Soy milk with Baileys Irish Cream. If I’m going to be a lush, then a healthy one I be.

Right now a glass of water.

On Friday nights, “La Colorada” – the best beer ever made in Spain.

Yes, but only digital when indulging. Keep this in mind:
Alcohol and vinyl don’t mix.
Some learn at great expense.

It is all about the music!

I love a good homebrew. Pumpkin Ale is a favorite this time of year.

Alcohol relaxes me, but music relaxes me even deeper. Why waste a good music session with alcohol.

Wc65mustang means: Inebriation and cantilevers may not mix well.

Listening to my hifi is in itself pretty much the most self indulgent thing I do (the motorcycle is similar). It is NOT a social device unless you have audio geek friends who will sit quietly listening, and that’s just awkward and has them all wrestling for the “sweet spot” leading to fist fights and carpet stains. I have a drinking problem in that I have trouble deciding what to drink…this is true…I need to join a drinking club or something (mentioned this to my doctor and he was not amused). I worked in bars far too long and enjoy (or am bored with) so many different items, I get stuck…a current fave is a Bloody Maria using 100% agave tequila infused with habanero peppers. Good whisky, craft beers…

I am very “health conscious” I would say, but I enjoy a beer or wine once or twice a week maybe to help relax while listening. Not so much if done too frequently.

Some say drinking certain things regularly but in moderation is actually a healthy thing to do these days. I’ll buy that.

Indulging in chemical tweaks should not be a requirement to enjoy anything including listening though its a very easy trap to fall into. Lots of sugar, junk calories and other things in there that are not good for your body in large amounts. I try to find a healthy balance somewhere as best I can.

I love this thread!, best one I have seen in a long time!, The first two hours, I am straight, make sure all is well with the system, then it’s Killans red beer, Bud Ice on the cheap, but at 46 years old, I don’t even know where to get the funny cigarettes anymore.

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