Have you ever been envious of TV show characters that can strike up a conversation with their favorite bartender? How about those people who can nonchalantly tell a bartender “their usual” when it comes to ordering a drink? If ever you’ve been envious of these scenarios, then it just goes to show that you aren’t friends with your bartender, at least not yet.
When you go to a bar and grill, it’s extremely important to be good friends with your bartender. This is so you can be given a good service every time you pay a visit to this bar and grill. Not to mention, there are some instances wherein your bartender could give you some free appetizers just because you’ve been extra nice to him. And if the bar is full, he can prioritize giving you seats, simply because he knows how often you visit the bar and grill.
With these reasons, it just goes to show why you should make an effort and be friends with your bartender. It really just helps when you make it a point to be nicer to your favorite bartender. This way, your bartender will feel like you are genuinely trying to make his job better.
Here are a few tips you can follow so you can be friends with the bartender in your favorite bar and grill:
Don’t Forget to Make Eye Contact
When you’re ordering a drink, it doesn’t hurt to make eye contact with the bartender and give him a smile – especially if you are standing behind someone in a line. The reason behind this is because bartenders really appreciate it when their customers are acknowledging them and being patient while they’re busy taking care of everyone’s drinks. You don’t need to be pushy and impatient when you’re ordering a beer since the bartender is doing his best to get you your drink as quickly as he can. With this kind gesture, you’ll be surprised at how great you’re making his day.
Try to get to know his Name
There are a number of advantages when you make an effort to know your bartender’s name and give him your name as well. For one thing, he will recognize you easily and it’s possible you could get served more quickly. If the bartender already knows what your usual drink is, you won’t even need to tell him about it when you walk in the bar and grill. He simply has to look at you and know that you would like your usual drink. Adding to this, you might get personalized cocktails, concoctions, or even off-list menus that the bartender has created. He might ask you for your opinion on about the drink he created, especially if it contains an ingredient he knew you would like.
Don’t be rude
When you’re trying to cut the line and having your bartender get you your drink first, it’s actually something that could get your bartender to dislike you. Even though you’re waving out money, he would be offended that you’re trying to cut the line and being inconsiderate to the person who has been waiting patiently for his turn to be served. Things like these leave an impression on bartenders. And if you’re not careful, you just might get on the wrong side of your bartender.
Your Body Language Matters
It pays when you look at your bartender while you’re ordering. Instead of turning your attention to your friends or to the menu, you can do more by talking to your bartender. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get to know more about your bartender. Try to get to know his name, hobbies, and other details that could be good for small talk. Your bartender will greatly appreciate it when someone tries to know more about them than just “what’s in the drink?” He will be very appreciative of your effort and it could just do you more help when you take time to know more about your bartender. He just might be in the same line of work that you are in and could help you out in the future!
Don’t forget to Tip
And yes, you should never forget to give your bartender a tip. He needs it, really. The tips he gets can really go a long way in his line of work. If you really want him to be a friend, you should give him a tip so he can get the help he needs financially. Who knows, your favorite bartender just might be a budding businessman who’s trying to earn some money on the side through bartending. If you get to know more about your bartender, he just might be your friend for life!
There’s really no harm in befriending your bartender. Try it today and you’ll have a favorite bartender by the end of the night.
Written by the staff at Willie’s Pub and Pool. Willie’s has great drink specials and is one of the most atmospheric bars in Columbia MO.