- Oct 31, 2006
- Los Angeles, California
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Named after the famous and/or infamous El Presidente of San José, José Constanza, the officially accepted story (and there are very, very many stories) is that, following his appointment in 2006 to become the Josefino European Forum Representative by his father, the then-President of San José, a formal protest was filed within the European Forum that no officially designated bar or lounge had been established for the representatives. After months of bureaucratic delays leading nowhere, the impulsive representative began stockpiling an empty room with various kinds of liquor, wines, and drafts along with rudimentary chairs and couches to unwind after a long day of diplomatic quarrels with other representatives. At first only Representative Constanza's friends and allies were invited to join him, but soon other representatives caught wind of the impromptu construction and began to get enthusiastically involved, petitioning their governments to contribute more international alcohols and furniture and joining the Josefino protest, eventually leading to the official establishment of The Presidential Bar in 2008, officially to celebrate the quality and quantity of alcohol that had accumulated, unofficially as an inside joke about the undemocratic nature of San José that the then-Representative Constanza would become the president after his father's death, a joke that came true many years later.
Rumors flow here much like the booze, including stories about El Presidente meeting his officially non-existent wife here in 1982 somehow, and those who take part are encouraged to leave their quarrels at the door and socialize instead, but that is more of a guideline than an actual rule, and fights have been known to break out from time to time. This explains the constant presence of European Forum Security to ensure representatives don't get too rowdy, and all here can enjoy some rest and relaxation.