So, we all like to drink, right? But drinking at a buddy’s home and drinking in a bar are two totally different scenarios. We’ve all seen the people who have had one drink too many. Or the annoying “I know so and so” person. You don’t want to be that guy (or gal). So, when out drinking, here are a few pointers on behaving like a civilized human being:
1) Read the menu. I know, crazy, right? Most of the info you ask for is right at your fingertips. Its extremely frustrating (especially when you’re busy) to have someone ask a million questions when the answer is right in front of them.
2) Do not snap your fingers, wave your hands or whistle when trying to get the bartender’s attention. Bartenders are people, not dogs.
3) Know what you want. There are people who do know what they want and you’re just pissing off everyone by unnecessarily holding the bartender’s attention.
4) Do not touch the fruit caddy. As tempting as it may be, please keep your grubby little fingers to yourself! Its very unsanitary.
5) No name-dropping. Bartenders don’t really care who you know…unless its Ulysses Grant or Ben Franklin.
6) For the love of God, PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE! If not, please don’t be upset when you’re ignored. No one likes feeling as if they’re interrupting a conversation.
7) Know when you’ve had enough. ‘Nuff said.
8) Know when to leave. 30 minutes after closing time is more than enough time finish your drink. 45 mins after is pushing it. An hour? REALLY??? Have some couth!
9) Tip accordingly. If you know you’re special and deserve special treatmeant, you should tip especially well.
That concludes our etiquette lesson of the day. If you follow these 9 rules, you’ll be on the fast track to making friends behind the bar! Remember, bartenders have the magic to make things disappear from your check ;o)