There’s nothing worse than a rude bar patron. You know the type: He or she saunters up to the bar while talking loudly on the phone, waving a wad of cash at the bartender, asking a billion questions about the cocktail menu before finally deciding on a light beer and laying down the bare minimum of a tip only to resume that super important phone call.
These types of watering hole faux pas aren’t only impolite. They’re also the signs of a bar-going amateur. Here are a few pro tips on how to act at any bar.
Don’t Waste the Bartender’s Time
Most bartenders are happy to talk cocktails, spirits, wine, sports, movies or just about anything else—if they have time. Try to avoid playing 20 questions when the bar is busy.
Know What You Want (or at Least Have a Good Idea)
There’s little point in waving down a bartender at a crowded bar if you aren’t ready to order. Take the time to study the cocktail menu or lock down your drink request before locking eyes with your bartender.