I swapped out my drops for some risers yesterday simply to see what all the fuss is about. cc700 (whose KiloTT you've all seen many a time) sold me some risers and a quill stem for ridiculously cheap so I gave it a try.
My girlfriend saw my bike after I had made the swap and the first thing out of her mouth was "what happened to your bars? The other ones were so much cooler."
So clearly .... risers are not as cool as everyone thinks they are.