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Bar Etiquette 101: Things bartenders hate

Pay attention if you don't want a bitter bartender.

Patience is truly a virtue according to these bartenders. Things … and drinks … flow smoothly at the bar when customers and bartenders have positive interactions. Paul Gustings, bartender at Empire Bar, and Mario Suazo, bartender at Napoleon House, talk about bar etiquette. These two veteran bartenders mention a few things that can get under their skin. Learn some things bartenders hate and what you shouldn’t do.

Here are a few tips.

  1. Don’t ask if they know how to make a particular drink. They should already know how to make it or they have recipe cards hidden somewhere on the bar.
  2. Don’t snap your fingers or clap your hands.
  3. Don’t whistle.
  4. Don’t be insulting.
  5. Be patient.
  6. If it’s busy at the bar, make eye contact and the bartender will be with you as fast as they can.

Bartenders can be your best friend. The Golden Rule of ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’ truly applies here. Tips certainly help and don’t walk out without closing your tab.

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