Category : Bar Etiquette

Cutting Someone Off From Drinking

Cutting Someone Off From Drinking –

How to Cut Someone Off at the Bar

Cutting someone off from drinking can be a painful experience. For some reason or other, cutting someone off, meaning telling them in some way or another that you are not going to be serving them another drink, is tough for bartenders to do. Even if the guy is a prick, it doesn’t make it any easier. Sometimes, it makes it worse, as these are usually the guys that are going to argue about why they’re being cut off.

Some bartenders have trouble cutting people off because they are intimidated by the customer, don’t know how to say it properly, are afraid of what the customer (especially a regular customer) might say, worried about bar sales, repercussions from the owners etc etc.

The reality is, however, that none of the above matters. Countries around the world are adopting stricter liquor laws. In Canada, it is illegal to serve someone past the point of visible intoxication. If you over-serve a customer and that customer say, falls, trips, slips, gets caught driving drunk, or, heaven forbid, hits and kills someone while driving drunk, YOU, the bartender, will be responsible. And if you don’t live in a country with strict liquor laws, you still have a moral responsibility towards your guests and their safety.

Cutting the prick off may just be the best thing that you can do for him. No one

wants to be cut off; but when done correctly, it saves face and lives. And, more often than not, the person you cut off will apologize for their behaviour the next time they come into your bar.

That being said, here are a 4 tactful and professional ways to cut someone off at a bar.

Choose one that works for you and change it to fit your style.

1.  Using the Law: “Sorry sir, but, by law, I’m obligated to tell you that I can’t continue serving you. It’s apparent to me that you are visibly intoxicated and therefore, I have to cut you off. Here, take this bottle of water, go enjoy the rest of the night but don’t let me catch you trying to order another drink or you’ll be asked to leave.”

2.  Deflecting Blame Upwards: “Sorry, but my boss / manager / owner thinks that you’ve had enough and told me not to serve you another drink. Here’s a bottle of water on the house – you don’t have to stop enjoying your evening, but we just can’t serve you another drink.”

3.  On Your Own: “Listen, I think you’ve had enough to drink already. I wasn’t going to give you the last one but I did because you seem like a nice guy / girl who just wants to unwind and relax a little. But I can’t serve you another one or I’ll lose my job. Here, take a bottle of water and go enjoy the rest of the night with your friends, just don’t let me catch you sneaking drinks 😉

4. Straight Talk: “Sorry buddy but I think you’re at your limit. We have two options from here. I can give you a bottle of water and if you promise not to sneak drinks or try to order from another bartender, you can stay and enjoy the rest of the night. Or, if you choose to argue with me about it, you’ll be asked to leave.”

 

Keep in mind that no approach works every time. You are going to get some people that just don’t want to be cut off, don’t think they’re drunk, or are too drunk to know what’s good for them. If there are ever any problems cutting off a customer, get the owner or the manager to handle it – that’s what they’re there for. They will get better results and it’ll free up your time to continue providing outstanding service to the rest of your guests.

We hope this has given you some insight and confidence the next time you have to cut someone off at the bar.  Cutting someone off from drinking is not always fun but 9 out of 10 times, the person will thank you for it later (and the 1 out of 10? He just can’t remember what happened at all – otherwise he’d apologize profusely as well we’re sure).

If you have an experience to share cutting off a patron, share it with us in the comments below.  If you learned something, please share this page and our site so that other bartenders may learn as well.

CHEERS!

Tipping Etiquette #4: How to Tip when you Get Free Drinks

Bar Tipping Etiquette Video Series

Tipping Etiquette #4: How to Tip when you Get Free Drinks

 

Tipping Etiquette #4: How to Tip when you Get Free Drinks | Tipping Bartenders

 

So you’re at the bar, and the bartender’s got the hots for you, maybe.. pretty friendly you know?  Or buddy-buddy maybe, and the bartender shoots you some free drinks.

The problem is, how much do you tip? Do you tip the cost of the drink? As if you’d already paid for it? Do you just give the normal tip you would have given on a regular drink?

Here’s the rule: you tip 50% of what the drink would’ve cost you, plus your tip. So, you’re saving yourself 50%, and the bartender’s happy because he got a good tip, and you get free drinks.

Everybody’s happy.

Tipping Etiquette #2- Don’t Brag About Your Tip

Bar Tipping Etiquette Video Series

Tipping Etiquette #2- Don’t Brag About Your Tip

 

Tipping Etiquette #2 – Don’t Brag About Your Tip | Bar Tipping Etiquette

Reese Richards here, from barsandbartending.com! And you’re at the bar.  You’ve ordered the drink, and now it’s time to tip.

So. So, rules when tipping. Tipping rule number two: Don’t brag about your tip.

Don’t gloat about it. “Hey, that fiver, that’s mine.  I left $20 last time.”

Ok.  You know what, if you left $20, the bartender will definitely remember you.

If you left a twoonie, or $2, maybe not so much.

Tipping Etiquette #1- Don’t Point Out Your Tips

Tipping Etiquette #1

Don’t Point Out Your Tips

Tipping is not a city in China – it’s a standard practice in the North American hospitality industry.

In this video above, Reese Richards gives you some insight on how to tip properly when at a bar – otherwise called bar tipping etiquette.

This is the first in the series of our bar tipping etiquette videos called Don’t Point Out Your Tips.

Watch all the videos in the tipping etiquette series and learn how to tip properly at a bar / club. What your parents didn’t teach you about tipping etiquette, we will.

Tipping Etiquette #1- Don’t Point Out Your Tips

Reese Richards here, from barsandbartending.com!

And, you’re at the bar! You’ve ordered the drink, and now it’s time to tip.

So, So, rules when tipping…

First rule: don’t point out how much you’ve tipped. Ok, the bartender… he can see how much you’ve tipped; and to point it out just kinda makes you look like a loser, right?

“Hey, hey, hey.. that $2.. that $2, that’s from me. Hey bartender. Right there, that’s mine.”  Ok, thanks!  Thanks… whoa.  Ok, you tipped.  $2, ok thanks.

Honestly, it makes you look like a dick. Don’t point out tips.

 

Tipping Etiquette #3 – Tip Well in Beginning

Bar Tipping Etiquette Video Series

Tipping Etiquette #3 – Tip Well in Beginning

 

Tipping Etiquette #3 – Tip Well in Beginning | How to Tip at a Bar

Reese Richards here, from barsandbartending.com! And you’re at the bar.

You’ve ordered the drink, and now it’s time to tip.  So.  So, rules when tipping – tip well in the beginning.

The first drink that you get… ok, this is an awesome rule, ok? So, you go to the bar and you order your first drink, and let’s say it’s a beer, ok? It’s $5, and you leave $10, ok?

That’s double. You don’t have to leave $10 all the time, but you leave $10 that first time, and the bartender’s gonna remember you.

The next time I see your face, I’m coming straight to you, I’m gonna take care of you.  Ok?

Leave a good tip in the beginning, and the bartender’s gonna remember you.

Don’t forget to tip every drink, though. Not $5.  Tip the regular 15 to 20%, ok?

Bar Etiquette: How to Order Drinks at a Club

Bar Etiquette:  How to Order Drinks at a Club

Bar Etiquette 101 for all of you first-timers to the clubs – there are rules ya know!  Follow these bar etiquette tips on how to order drinks at a club and no one will know you’re a club newbie.

We’ve also included our Tipping Etiquette video series below since that’s the one thing that will get the attention of the bartender the quickest – by not tipping!

Bar etiquette may not be something your Mom & Dad are going to teach you but if you’re going to be out clubbing, club etiquette is really something you should learn.  Sit back, relax and learn how to order drinks at a club. Oh, yeah, btw, this guy’s a bit of a dick! (but he runs the site so…)

 

Bar Etiquette: How to Order Drinks at a Bar | Ordering a Drink

[TRANSCRIPT] – Bar Etiquette: How to Order Drinks at a Bar

Reese Richards from barsandbartending.com, with some ordering techniques.

So, you’re at the bar and you go up to the bar and you order from the bartender.

What you want to do is:

A/ make sure you know what you want to order

B/ Try to group all of the same drinks together.

You don’t want to trail off. You don’t want to order one….uh…uh…uh… and then order the next, and then… uh…uh…sorry…uh.  Ok? Respect the bartender’s time.

You want to mention martinis, you want to mention cocktails, mixed drinks, first.  You want to mention the beer and the wine last. Ok?

The real order of ordering the drinks isn’t as important as grouping the drinks together. So, what you don’t do is you don’t order a vodka cran, and then a bottle of Labatt’s Blue, and then a vodka cran.. and then…  You order two vodka cran and a bottle of Blue. Ok?

So group your stuff together, and if you’re ordering shots, guys… girls… if you’re ordering shots, please order all the same shot, or at most two different kinds.  Maybe six of one, six of another, ok?

Order all the same shots, because the bartender’s busy, and it takes a lot of effort to layer shot after shot after shot, ok? So, when you order shots, order all the same shots.

Cheers.


 

Bar Etiquette NO NOs Series from BarsandBartending.com

Enjoy these sassy bar etiquette videos which will teach you the best way to – and not to – order drinks at a club.  Click HERE to watch the entire bar etiquette NO NOs video series on one page.

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #1: The Searcher

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #2: Spare Change

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #3: the Double Order

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #4: I’ll Have a Beer

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #5: What’s Good?

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #6: Challenging the Bartender

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #7: Do you Know Who I Am?

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #8: Hold My Purse

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #9: Can you Cover Me?

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #10: Helping Yourself to Tips

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #11: Forgot My Change

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #12: Hitting on the Bartender


Bar Tipping Etiquette Videos

Tipping Etiquette Video #1 – Don’t Point Out Your Tip

Tipping Etiquette Video #2 – Don’t Brag About Your Tip

Tipping Etiquette Video #3 – Tip Well in the Beginning

Tipping Etiquette Video #4 – How to Tip on Free Drinks


More Bar Etiquette Advice and Tips on How to Order from a Bartender

Here are 30 More Bar Etiquette Tips

Here’s Great Advice on Ordering Drinks Properly

Well there you have it – with all these tips on how to order at a club, you now have no excuse (except the alcohol of course) for not tipping and acting properly at a bar or club.

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #12: Hitting On The Bartender

Bar Etiquette NO-NO #12: Hitting On The Bartender

Here’s the last video in our bar manners series.

[TRANSCRIPT] Bar Etiquette NO-NOs #12: Hitting on the Bartender | How to Act at a Club

So you’re at the bar, right? And you see this hot little bartender, right? And you’re like “oh what, I’m going to get her by the end of the night”.

So you start getting your drink on… as you’re getting your drink on, you’re getting a little more confident.  A little more confident.  As the confidence comes, so does the hand touching when you order your next drink.

Maybe you’re so bold as to even rub the ear or something. You know, you’re flirting… flirting.

It’s a bartender’s job to flirt, ok? That doesn’t mean she likes you. And it definitely doesn’t mean that she wants to go home with you, or wants your number.

Of course, there’s the rare occasion when she actually does…  But, generally speaking… no!

Don’t hit on the bartender, don’t touch the bartender; try not to flirt with the bartender too much.

Order your drinks. The bartender’s busy. The club’s busy. You’ll get your drinks fast, everybody else will get their drinks fast, everybody will be happy.

If she likes you, she’ll let you know.

 

Go back one video and watch #11

Go back to the beginning and watch video #1

 

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #11: I Forgot My Change

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #11: I Forgot My Change

Bar Etiquette Rules:  Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series #11 – this one’s called I Forgot My Change.

[TRANSCRIPT] Bar Etiquette NO NOs #11 – I Forgot My Change | Bar Etiquette Tipping

So you’re at the bar, and you’re looking for a drink.  And you get your drink, and it’s time to tip.

What do you do? Right, what you don’t do is forget your change on the bar, and leave, and go dance for 15 or 20 minutes, and come back and say “Oh I’m sorry, bartender, I left my money on the bar.”

I’m sure you did!  Hold on, then, hold on.. let me go see if I can find it in my tip jar.  How much was it?  Come on!

You can’t leave the money on the bar and expect to get it back. You ain’t getting it back.

You left it, it’s gone.

Go back and check out Bar Etiquette Video #10

Jump ahead and watch video #12 – the last Bar Etiquette NO NO video in the series

 

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #10: Helping Yourself to Tips

Bar Etiquette NO NOs Video #10: Helping Yourself to Tips

Here’s the 10th in our Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series – this one’s called Helping Yourself to Tips

[TRANSCRIPT] Bar Etiquette NO NOs #10 – Helping Yourself to Tips | Tips on Bar Etiquette

So you’re at the bar, right? And, uh, it’s a club, so all over the bar there’s change, right?

‘Cause there’s bartender’s tips all over the bar, and he’s really busy you know, and he doesn’t have time to scoop up all the change and everything. So you think it’s a good idea to maybe just use some of that money.   It’s floating around, you know and the bartender’s not grabbing it.  He must not want it then.

SO, you do one of these little sneaky things, where, uh, you start taking the change off the bar and counting it up so that you can pay for your next drink.

No! No! No! You don’t take the bartender’s money.

There’s a word for that.

It’s called “stealing”!

And you’re gonna get kicked out for it.

 

Jump back a sec and watch bar etiquette video #9

Skip ahead and watch bar etiquette video #11

Bar Etiquette #9: Can You Cover Me

Bar Manners – How NOT to Act at a Bar

Here’s the 9th in our Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series – this one’s called Can You Cover Me?

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #9 – Can you Cover Me? | Ordering at a Bar

[TRANSCRIPT] Bar Etiquette Video #9 – Cover Me?

So you’re at the bar, and you’ve been drinking all night. And then, you’re counting your money up, right? So you come to the bar and I already see you counting your money, so I know that’s it’s not going to be… he’s not a big tipper, you know, he doesn’t even know if he has enough money to get another beer.

So, what do you do?

You think maybe it’ll be a good idea if I ask my friend here, my friend the bartender who’s been serving me all night… we’re buddies, yeah we’re buddies now.  He’s served me three, four, five drinks now.

So you ask the bartender: “Hey man, I only.. I only got five bucks. I know it’s $5.25 for a beer.  Do you think you can cover that for me?”

Do I think I can cover your beer for you?

So what you are asking the bartender in that case is, not only am I not going to tip you, but I would like you to reach into your pocket and grab 25 cents so I can continue drinking!

Don’t ask the bartender to cover your drinks. Ask your friends. Ask your girlfriend.  Your boyfriend. Not the bartender.

 

Go back and check out Bar Manners Video #8

Go forward and check out Bar Manners Video #10

 

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #8: Hold My Purse

Bar Etiquette NO NO Video Series Number 8: Hold My Purse

Here’s the 8th in our Bar Manners video series – this one’s called Hold My Purse.

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #8 – Hold My Purse | Bar Manners

[TRANSCRIPT] Bar Etiquette Video Series Number 8 – Hold my Purse

So, you’re at the bar. Ladies, this one’s especially for you. Ok? You got a big purse. You don’t want to be carrying it around. You want to go to the dance floor. You want to be dancing, you don’t want to be weighed down by a purse.

You don’t feel safe just putting it down by your feet, so you go up to the bar and you ask the bartender: “Hey, could you put my purse behind… just behind the bar.  Could I just leave it here?”

No. NO! You can’t just leave it there. Imagine if every girl in the place put their purse behind the bar?

One, it’s not that I don’t want to help you.  Ok?  One, I’m busy.  Two, I can’t keep an eye on the purse. Three, there’s no room behind the bar.  I don’t know if you’ve ever been behind a bar, but it’s packed and dirty and there’s liqueur spilled all over the place, and/or soda, and we can’t guarantee the safety of your purse.

So, either put it in the coat check, leave it in the car and just bring some money and ID in with you or hold onto it, or grab a table.

Go back and see Bar Etiquette video #7

Go ahead and watch Bar Etiquette video #9

 

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #7: Do You Know Who I Am

Showing you how NOT to do it in the club, here’s the seventh in our Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series – this one’s called Do You Know Who I Am?

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #7 – Do You Know Who I Am? | Ordering Drinks at a Bar

[TRANSCRIPT] Bar Etiquette Video #7 – “Know Who I Am?”

Do you know? Do you know who I am? Do you know who I am? No! No, I don’t know who you are. And I don’t care.

You’re important… if you’re that important, it would have been pointed out to me by my manager, my boss.

Don’t use the “do you know who I am?”, it’s not going to get you anywhere. And, the other one is… “I know the owner”. So do I. Look, his signature’s right there on my pay check. Don’t use that… “I know the owner”… it doesn’t make any difference.  You’re not going to get a better drink, you’re not going to get served if I cut you off.  Ok?

Things not to do at the bar… and the bartender will love you for it.

 

Check out Bar Etiquette Video #6

Check out Bar Etiquette Video #8

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #6: Challenging the Bartender

How NOT to Order Drinks in a Bar

Here’s the sixth in our Bar Etiquette NO NOs video series – this one’s called Challenging the Bartender

Bar Etiquette NO NOs #6 – Challenging the Bartender | How NOT to Order at a Bar

[TRANSCRIPT] Bar Etiquette NO NOs no.6 – CHALLENGING THE BARTENDER

So you ask the bartender for a drink, ok? And maybe you just graduated from bartending school…maybe you’re on your iphone, you know, and you’ve got that bartending app that shows you all those fancy drinks that you can make.

Maybe you’re sitting at that bar, and you’re like “ohhh… this one, this one, this one…”. Right?  And then you go to the bartender: “Yeah, I’ll have a… Orangutan Down Under”. Sorry?  “An Orangutan Down Under. You don’t know how to make that?” No, no… I’ve actually… I’ve never heard of that. “Whoa… look at this guy, look at this guy the bartender. He’s the bartender, and I know how to make it.”

Ok, smart guy with the iPhone.  Ok. I’ve never heard of that drink. I’ve been bartending for 20 years. Really?  What do you want? Don’t be stupid with the drinks. If you want to play around with your iPhone, and you want to go through the bartending manual and the cocktail drink recipe book, then go to a pub.

Go to a pub when it’s not busy, and talk to the bartender, and just start making drinks. Get the bartender to make drinks, and they’ll be happy to do it there, because they’re bored. But at a nightclub, on a Friday, Saturday night, to impress your friends? Don’t do that.

Watch Bar Etiquette Video #5 – What’s Good

Watch Bar Etiquette Video #7 – Do You Know Who I Am?

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 barsandbartending.com!

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.

 

Go Back to Bar Etiquette Video #2 – Spare Change

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

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 barsandbartending.com!

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.