Maybe you've already thought of this, but since you now have a meter you could go to a few of the places and take some incident foot-candle readings in various spots of each location. If the bars don't want you running around with a camera for a test shoot, it would at least give you an idea of the kind of light you'll be getting. That way you can go through your notes and see what kind of exposures you would be faced with in a given location.
Of course, all bets are off if the bars change their lighting, but at least you'd have some reference to work with.
I actually ran down to the Quarter last night and shot in most of the venues for test footage...trying to keep notes on what I shot (although I was trying so much...my notes aren't that good d@mmit)...
Anyway, I'll bring the footage in tonight and see what it looks like.
I got some with the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, the canon 85mm f/1.8, the 17-40 f/4...not much with the 25-105 f/4.
I tried in various ISOs....some bars looked ok at 6400, but did others at 10K and 12K....
I switched between styles, mostly the Marvels style, but some with factory Neutral and Standard.
In one bar, a very dark area with lots of red...I tried at 12K ISO...and played around with shutter speed of 30 just to see if it would look too "video-y"....
I'll have to see what it looks like tonight when I get home. I want to run it through Davinci Resolve Lite...and see what I can come up with.
I'm not sure what to set the WB for in most bars....it was a mix of Tungsten
in most of them but also with Neon
...so, any suggestions for setting White Balance
OH...I also just ordered from LensRental.com....and have the Canon 50L f/1.2 on its way to arrive on Friday.
I shoot on Sat.
It seems that many places, I could get by on 2.8 or 1.8....and get some good looking footage, but I won't really know till I play with color correction on last night's footage and see how much noise I get.
Thanks for all the advice...please, keep it coming!!