Look, we’ve all been there. Everyone has a one time or another committed one of the following bar etiquette sins including us at First Call. Thing is, bartenders hate it and since we’ve joined this world we’ve learned why. Its basic common sense and you’ll service will be much better if you simply never do these 5 things in a bar:
Been there done that, especially when a bar is packed. Hell, I committed this sin on Friday but I deeply regret it. The service area is there for a reason; waiters need to get their drinks and bartenders need to be able to place them somewhere. It’s not an accident that its in the corner with no stools and a mat on top so please be respectful. Plus if you tend to stand in this area you’ll never get service, which is sort of ironic given its name. Don’t be that guy
Non Stop PDA
Ok, so this one isn’t quite as bad, unless you’re doing it at the actual bar. If you must keep making out with your partner at least go to a booth in the back, if there is one. If there isn’t, that’s probably by design. The bar owner doesn’t want that going on in here. Its not that kind of “joint”. There are the right places for that and most of them have stages and are dimly lit, not finer drinking establishments.
Hold Your Money Out
The bartender is an artist just doing a rather thankless profession, their not your servant so don’t treat them that way. I know it can seem like if you are ready to pay they are more likely to take your order but truth is its just offensive. They get you have money, everyone (except the staff) pays for drinks and they know how to ask for it when they are ready. Holding it out like your waiting them to hop to will just make them water your drink down even more heavily next time around.
Leave A Mess
The bartender is not your mother. They’re not bussers either. Think about it; a bartender is the only position in a place that serves food, makes all the drinks, and takes orders, don’t add cleaning up after your drunk mess another thing on their to do. That being said they can understand that sometimes you have a few too many and make a mess on accident. They’re ok with this just make sure to tip well. Come to think of it tipping well can solve a lot of problems with a bartender.
Hit on the Bartender
This one explains itself. This is never a good idea, ever. A bartender is just trying to do her job, not get asked out by everyone that comes in. Look, its quite simple, if the bartender is interested they will ask you out. They take to people for a living, they know what they are doing.