I was talking to one of the locals about how shocked I am to be in a city that cares about entertainment, and he said, "Well, it's not all great, sometimes the clubs are hassled over noise."
I said, "Oh, I'm sure you do have noise abatement problems -- in your own little way!"
"What do you mean?", he asked.
"Ok, just to clarify: around here, if a band is playing, it's normal to be able to hear them from a block away, right?"
He said, "Well yeah. How else would you know if you wanted to go in?"