Quote Originally Posted by Vaulted View Post
Among various first draft disasters I am now faced with:

1928, Vancouver - my young heroine drinks alone in a bar.

Public drinking culture was of course largely a male affair, and even today it's relatively rare to see a woman in a bar on her own. I'm thinking that my error might be excused if I made the bar a more arty, Bohemian place.
In some of Margaret Atwood's novels (set in the 1960s, if memory serves), there are two rooms in Toronto bars: a bar for men only, and a slightly higher-class, better-kept-up lounge for men and women to drink in. I don't know if that was the same elsewhere, but it might be a possibility.