Bar Do’s and Don’ts
Many of my colleagues have done posts about this, but I figured I’d chime in my two cents.
DO have your order ready when the bartender approaches. Don’t start with “Um…” and look back at your posse. Trust me, when your turn back around, the bartender will be gone.
DON’T whistle, wave, shake a glass, bang your bottle, text or call the bar ( yes it has happened). Simply wait your turn with respect.
DO have money and ID ready.
DON’T wave dollars or say anything about how big you tip. Bartenders know as soon as you announce how big you tip that you are all bark and no bite.
DO be courteous and say thank you. Momma should have taught you this already.
DON’T ask the bartender to hook you up with his friend at the end of the bar. If you have any game, you should be able to do this yourself.
DO your research beforehand. Different bars charge different prices for drinks. Not cool to complain about prices. The bartender had nothing to do with it.
DON’T look for a hand –out. Even if the bartender is your best friend, don’t expect freebies. It’s not his/her booze he is serving. It belongs to the boss. We are all given guidelines for “I’ll hook you up”
DO tip on a freebie. If you are lucky enough to have a drink or a round taken care of, remember that when you factor in the green otherwise that will be the last time you ever get one on the house.
DON’T EVER argue with the bartender, manager or security if you get cut off. You will lose!!!
DO show respect for hours of operation. When is the last time you let someone into your place of business 30 minutes early or 30 minutes after close??
DON’T text, or call in your drink order. I think we covered this, didn’t we?
DO remember that your bartender is dealing with a lot of people at the same time and knows how to organize all they are doing to maximize efficiency, so if you order and your don’t see your drink being made immediately, don’t worry we are getting there.
DON’T order a Bloody Mary past lunchtime. Bad form!!
DO show respect. Bartenders are there to serve: not be servants.
DON’T expect a free one if you’re drink is spilled, lost, or stolen.
DO order drinks that are common to the place you’re in. Dive Bars and Nightclubs don’t do Mojitos.
DON’T ask what’s on tap. There are really big handles and big letters to answer this question.
DO know bartenders are the “Aristocrats of the working class” (From the movie “Cocktail”), We have seen ,heard, tired, or done it all. Your got nothing on us!
DON’T expect your bartender to know EVERY drink ever created especially that uber cool shot you had in Timbuk Three.
DO honor the House Specialty Drink List. They are just that…House Specialties.
DON’T snack out of the condiment tray. It’s not a buffet!
DO show the same respect for bartenders, or anyone in the Hospitality Bizz, that you would want anyone to show you in your job. Remember the Platinum Rule: Treat others as you want to be treated.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!! Period, end of discussion. The life you save may be my kid’s or YOURS.