You step into a crowded bar after a long, grueling day. You’re meeting friends for drinks, but you’re the first to arrive (as usual). Elbowing your way past groups of noisy patrons, you try in vain to get the bartender’s attention so you can order your favorite libation and finally take a minute to relax. It takes forever for the bartender to notice you, and when you do finally manage to make eye contact, he walks right past. What are you doing wrong?
It turns out there are some tricks of the trade that bartenders wish customers knew. We talked to a few real life bartenders to find out the mistakes you’ve been making when ordering drinks, along with a few little known facts to help you get better service while you’re out and about on the bar scene.
1. Being obnoxious will get you nowhere
“Snapping, whistling, waving your money around like a flag … it’s all bad form,” says Cristin, a former bartender from Pennsylvania. Instead, she recommends making eye contact and smiling, or better yet, learning your bartender’s name and using it. A little bit of human decency goes a long way toward good service.