A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 04, 2018
“A simile walks into a bar…” (bar joke)

“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” A simile version is:

“A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.”

“A simile walks into a bar. Bartender: ‘What would you like?’ A metaphor walks into a bar: ‘What’ll it be?’” is a joke that was posted on Twitter by Nein Quarterly on January 22, 2014. “A simile walks into a bar. Barman : we dont serve the likes of you here” was posted on Twitter on January 25, 2016.

“A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert” was posted on Language Matters on September 20, 2014. (This date may be incorrect.) The simile joke became popular in February 2018.


Twitter
Kevin Thornton
@KevinPThornton
Pun sin tacks 15 A simile walks into a bar like a lion, #YMM
10:32 PM - 24 Jul 2012

Twitter
Nein.
@NeinQuarterly
A simile walks into a bar. Bartender: “What would you like?” A metaphor walks into a bar: “What’ll it be?”
4:07 PM - 22 Jan 2014

Language Matters
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Updated Humour for Intelligent People
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25. A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.

Twitter
J.
@Erasedink
A simile walks into a bar .
Barman : we dont serve the likes of you here.
3:49 PM - 25 Jan 2016

bluebird of bitterness
Bar jokes for English majors
February 20th, 2018
(...)
A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.

Google Groups: Dicta
After bad new, a few things to make us smile
anna.durbin
Feb 26, 2018
(this was shared by my fellow English major classmate.) But RIP, Susan.  We miss you.
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A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.

Twitter
Kari McArthur
@karimcarthur
A verb walks into a bar, sees a beautiful noun, and suggests they conjugate. The noun declines.
An Oxford comma walks into a bar, where it spends the evening watching the television getting drunk and smoking cigars.
A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.
11:01 AM - 28 Feb 2018

Reddit—Writing
A dangling participle walks into a bar… (self.writing)
submitted March 10, 2018 by Pale_King101
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A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Monday, June 04, 2018 • Permalink