"We were at 'A' bar when my friend got a dooey and had to go to cop shop."
My co-worker Becky is from a small town in Minnesota near "Roch" and sometimes us city mice have a hard time keeping up with her lingo. The above statement is an exact quote from her recap of a weekend spent at home.
After calling a time-out and requesting a translation, we found out the following information:
"A" bar is short for "After Bar." After Bar is where you hang out after the bar closes. It is usually someone's house, but doesn't have to be. Becky once ended up in a hair salon owned by a friend, where some "A" Bar attendees made the ill-advised decision to wax their eyebrows after a few too many. I'm familiar with the phenomenon of After Bar, but had never called it that, let alone uttered it often enough to necessitate it being shortened to "A" Bar. My friends and I usually just say, "Let's go to so-and-so's place" or something akin to that. Becky would say "'A' Bar is at so-and-so's." Once, the Minneapolis International Hostel was where my "A" Bar was, but that is another story.
"Dooey" is the direct pronunciation of D.U.I.
"Cop Shop" is the holding cell where one is taken after caught driving drunk.