If you’ve ever wanted to buy a drink for a stranger in a bar, you’re aware of how awkward the situation can be. You don’t want to offend this person with the wrong drink or, worse yet, come off as some kind of creep. Even if you get past the first step, the follow-up protocol is nerve-racking. Do you smile and wave when the person gets the drink or act like you don’t notice? Who should get off the barstool and talk to the other person first? No one knows these answers better than the omniscient bartender, so we asked some of our favorites how to buy a stranger a drink without coming off as creepy.
Get To Know Your Bartender
“A proper introduction inspires conversation, and to do that, it's best if you and I get to know each other. After we're on familiar terms, let me know when you see someone who sparks your interest. I can probably give you a hand with placing a well-timed, well thought out beverage in front of this person. After that, I feel it's proper for you to sit back and let him or her make the next move.” —Jack Zemke, Sauce & Barrel