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 September 06, 2018
“An empty bottle walks into a bar…” (bar joke)

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

“An empty bottle walks into a bar. The bartender says, ‘Hey, weren’t you drunk in here last night?’”

The joke was posted on the newsgroup alt.callahans on October 21, 1996.


Google Groups: alt.callahans
A man walks into a bar…
Jim Walke
10/21/96
(...)
So this empty beer bottle walks into a bar, and the bartender says, “Hey, weren’t you drunk in here last night?”

Google Books
The Best ‘A Man Walks Into A Bar’ Jokes
Cros Nest, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin
2009
By Billy Brownless
Pg. 30:
An empty beer bottle walks into a bar and the bartender says, ‘Hey, weren’t you drunk in here last night?’

Twitter
The Bunch on Mix94.5
@thebunch
An empty beer bottle walks into a bar and the bartender says,
“Hey, weren’t you drunk here last night ?”
8:12 PM - 14 Dec 2009

Twitter
Steve
@behindallbars
An empty #beer bottle walks into a bar....bartender says “Weren’t you drunk in here last night?” #bartending
2:08 PM - 14 Oct 2010

Google Books
Ultimate Book of Jokes:
The Essential Collection of More Than 1,500 Jokes

By Scott McNeely
San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books
2011
Pg. 98:
An empty beer bottle walks into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, “Hey, weren’t you drunk in here last night?”

Twitter
kingjullian
@Julezdude
A broken bottle walks into a bar and demands a beer. “I’m not serving you,” says the bartender. “You’re already smashed!”
1:36 AM - 10 Jan 2013

Twitter
The 🌸Dames
@1D_Dames
@Harry_Styles AN EMPTY BEER BOTTLE WALKS INTO A BAR
and the bartender says, ‘Hey, weren’t you drunk in here last night?’
11:33 AM - 1 Nov 2014

Twitter
Brandon Barda
@BardaBbarda
An empty bottle walks into a bar. Bartender says, “Sorry, I can’t serve you. You’re already drunk.”
#JokeOfTheDay #FridayBarJoke
10:59 AM - 27 Jan 2017

Reddit—Jokes
An empty water bottle walks into a bar…
submitted September 6, 2018 by Yellow-Frogs
The bartender says, “Go home. You’re drunk.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Thursday, September 06, 2018 • Permalink