Bar Etiquette NO NOs #5: What’s Good

Bar Etiquette — Here’s the fifth in our Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series – this one’s called What’s Good?

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #5 – What’s Good? | How to Order Drinks at a Bar

[TRANSCRIPT] Bar Etiquette NO NOs Video #5 – What’s Good?

So, you’re thirsty. You go up to the bar… “Hey, bartender.  What’s good?” What’s good?

That question perplexes me.  What’s good? What’s good?  What do I like? ‘Cause I drink Sambuca, flaming… non-stop.  I chug them back, chug ’em back.  What do you like? Hmmmm I don’t know.

Therefore, you gotta tell me what you want. Ok? What’s good?  I like a fruit.. I like some sort of a fruity cocktail.  Ok! No problem. “What’s good, bartender? I’m looking for something really strong.” Ok! Narrows it down. “What’s good? I’m looking for some sort of imported beer.” All right! We’ve got three different brands.  Ok? Be a little specific when you get to the bar.

“What’s good” just doesn’t cut it with the bartender.

Watch Bar Etiquette Video #4 – I’ll Have a Beer

Watch Bar Etiquette Video #6 – Challenging the Bartender


Bar Etiquette Tips:  Answering the ever-annoying “What’s good?” question

This question is asked often, and is often irritating. The world of alcohol is so large, where does one start?

The customer is not trying to make the bartender’s life hard, s/he just doesn’t know what they want or they’re trying (lamely) to start a conversation with the bartender.

The best way for a bartender to handle this is to SMILE and help the customer get more specific so that you can recommend a drink. Try something like this:

“There are tons of great drinks I can serve you, but let’s narrow down what you’re looking for.”

First, find out if the customer wants beer, a cocktail, a spirit, a shot, a martini etc. This is also a great opportunity for the bartender to upsell by suggesting premium brands. Once you’ve helped the customer narrow down his search to a beer, cocktail etc, suggest the most popular or best-selling (or your personal favorite to create) in each area.

The best thing for a customer to do in this situation is…not ask the question in the first place. Asking this question is likely to get you off on the wrong foot with the bartender. Instead, try phrasing your question differently. You can ask, “What’s a popular beer here?” or “I like flavoured martinis, what’s a popular choice here?” This is an easy question for any bartender, new or experienced, to handle. And you are more likely to find what you want.

Bar Etiquette #4: I’ll Have a Beer

Here’s the fourth in our Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series – this one’s called I’ll Have a Beer

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #4 – I’ll Have a Beer | How to Order a Beer at a Bar

Reese Richards here from!

So you’re at the bar, and you want a drink. Right, so you go to the bartender, and you say: “I’ll have a beer.”  I say: “What?”  “I’ll have a beer.” Again,  I say: “What?”

Are you serious? Like, you’re actually asking me for a beer?  Ok, great.

Do you know how many beers there are? Do you know how many beers we carry? We carry 100.  100 different brands of beer!

And that’s only in bottles. What about on tap? Come on now.  You gotta be specific.

Know what you want when you get to the bar.





Bar Etiquette NO NOs #3: the Double Order

How NOT to Order at a Club

Here’s the third in our Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series – this one’s called The Double Order

Bar Etiquette NO-NOs #3 – The Double Order | How to Order at a Bar

[TRANSCRIPT] Bar Etiquette Series #3 – The Double Order

Ok, so you’re at the bar, right? And it’s busy as fook, right? And you come up to the bartender and you order something, right?  “Yeah, I’ll have 2 two beers… Labatt’s Blue… 2 Labatt’s Blue, and one MGD.”  Ok, no problem.  And then I go away.

I’m a busy guy, and it’s packed in the house.  You know, it’s packed everywhere.  Right, I’m busy, I’m busy.  So, it takes me a little bit… maybe I gotta talk to the manager, maybe I gotta talk to the other server.  It takes me a little bit to get your drink, right? And you’re waiting and you’re waiting, and you see the girls, and you’re like “oh I wanna get things going on, I wanna get things going on.”

So then you go to the next bartender.  You’re like “hey, hey, hey, sweetie… sweetie… can I get 2 Labatt’s Blue and an MGD?”  So what happens then? What do you think? I come back with your three beers, and then the other bartender comes back with your three beers. Now, you gotta pay for six beers.

Don’t order twice. If you’ve ordered once, off one bartender, give him time… give her time, ok?

It’s busy. They’ll remember your order, and they’ll come back and help you out.


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Bar Etiquette NO NOs #2: Spare Change

How NOT to Act in a Bar

Here’s the second in our Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series – this one’s called Spare Change

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #2 – Spare Change | How to Act at a Club

[TRANSCRIPT] — Bar Etiquette NO NO Series #2 – SPARE CHANGE

Right… so you’re at the bar. Here’s what you don’t want to do: you don’t want to pay with change, ok?

I don’t know the people that do this, ok, but you hoard up a whole bunch of change, right, and then you think “I’ll just take this to the club.”

Ok, so you’ve got all this change… and we’re talking about dimes and nickels and pennies here, right? I mean, quarters are ok, a little bit at a time, but the rest of the stuff…you know…keep that for the 7-11 or convenience store, or take it to the bank and change it in, man. We don’t even actually deal with that stuff.  At a club, we don’t actually have space for pennies and nickels and dimes.

We kinda throw them into a…its own little separate jar, and we kinds give it away to bums and stuff. So, we don’t actually deal with that kind of stuff.

So, quarters, ok…one, two, three, four, maybe, but that’s it.  The rest…bring the bills.

The bills, baby, the bills.

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #1: The Searcher

How NOT to Act at a Bar

Here’s the first in our Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series – this one’s called The Searcher

Bar Etiquette No-No’s #1 – The Searcher | How to Act at a Bar

[TRANSCRIPT] — Bar Etiquette No-No’s #1 – The Searcher

Reese Richards here from!

So you’re at the bar.  Ok, so here’s the scenario: nice girl, I walk up, I’m like “Hey, how you doing? What can I get for you?” “I’ll have a gin and tonic and a vodka cranberry please?”  “No problem, baby, I’ll be right back.”

I go over and I get the drinks. I come back, I drop them off. “That’ll be $10.50 please!”  “Ok, uh….uh…” And then there’s some checking in the purse… and there’s no money ready.  Come on, I’m a busy guy, man!

You’re beautiful, I’d love to serve you, but I’ve got other people to take care of, ok?

Be respectful of the bartender.

Have your money ready.  Thanks.

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The old newsletter that we used to put out called “Bartending…and Beyond!” has come here to be put to rest.

If ever a bartending newsletter peeks its ugly head over the horizon, it will be called Beyond Bartending.

Although the Bartending and Beyond newsletter isn’t being produced anymore, that doesn’t mean that we just threw away all the great bartending material in each of the Bartending and Beyond back issues.  Hells No!

We’ve dissected each and every issue of Bartending…and Beyond! and created new pages with each piece of content that we put into the bartending newsletter.

So if there was something that you remember seeing in one of our past bartending newsletters, simply check our Bartending Sitemap or click on the Bars and Bartending homepage and use the search function on the right hand side.


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Stella World Draught Masters Competition

Every year, Stella Artois holds a bartending competition called the World Draught Masters Championship. This event brings in bartenders from around the world who compete to win the title of the Stella Artois World Draught Master.  Getting it’s start in Stella’s hometown of Leuven, Belgium, the Stella World Draught Masters competition is now a global event, growing bigger each year.

First there are events held in cities around the globe. Then the winners from the cities compete in a country-wide competition. Then the winners from each of the countries fly somewhere to compete for the world title. The 2011 Stella World Draught Masters competition, for example, was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In a nutshell, the competition is how to pour and serve the perfect pint of Stella. But it’s not that easy. There are 9 steps and each bartender must perfect each step.

Here’s what the Stella Artois website has to say about the event:

The World Draught Masters Championship celebrates the care and craftsmanship that goes into serving the perfect Stella Artois. Each step of the nine-step ritual has to be performed efficiently and flawlessly. Competitors from around the world participate in the finals and these men and women are true professionals, having won respective local competitions to earn a spot in the finals.

The World Draught Masters has been hosted around the world from NYC to London, with the most recent location being the historic Chalet du Mont-Royal high above Montreal. Belgian, Allaine Schaiko, and Australian, Charles Mudd, faced each other in the final, which Schaiko won. It was a true honor for Schaiko, given he’s from Stella Artois’ hometown of Leuven. He will now serve as our global ambassador, working to ensure that every Chalice of Stella Artois is perfectly served.

Watch the official video put out by Stella Artois for the 2012 Stella Draught Masters Competition.  See for yourself what an extravagant event this is!

If you’re a skilled and talented bartender, get yourself registered into the local level Stella World Draught Masters competitions for a chance at Draught Master fame!

Of course, if you’re going to try out to be a World Draught Master, you’ll need to know the 9 Steps to Pouring the Perfect Pint of Stella.



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