When spending a night out on the town, the right bartender or mixologist can make all of the difference in how your evening goes. However, it isn’t just up to the bartender to create the perfect evening experience for you whenever you frequent your local establishment. There are a few tips, facts and pieces of bar etiquette that most people behind the bar wish their patrons on the other side knew.
If you want to keep your mixologists happy and make sure you get the best service possible and the best experience possible, here are a few tips and tricks that most people behind the bar are just too polite to tell you to your face. In fact, these are the top 10 things that every mixologist wished their guests knew before they walked in the door.
1.Mixologists Need a Little More Time To Create That Custom Cocktail
Ordering a custom concoction from a mixologist can result in some of the best drink you’ve ever had, but getting this type of quality taste takes a lot more work and a lot more time than making a rum and coke. Most mixologists will put a great deal of effort into making sure every ingredient is fresh, their technique is perfect and that all of their measurements are down to a tee. This isn’t a process that should be rushed. So, while you may want your deconstructed sage-infused Old Fashioned as fast as you get your draft beer, you may have to wait a minute or too longer.
2.Snapping and Yelling Isn’t the Best Way to Get Someone’s Attention
A crowded car can be difficult to manage, and most people behind the bar are doing their best to get to everyone on time. After all, the more drinks a mixologist can make, the better. However, snapping or yelling to get someone’s attention in the hopes that you can get served first, isn’t the best approach. Be patient and polite, it will go a long way.
3.Be Open to New Creations
Mixologists often take traditional cocktails and put a unique spin on them. This can make mixology really fun and help open up people’s eyes to new spins on their favorite cocktails. While there is nothing wrong with ordering a very specific drink, half of the fun of mixology is trying something new, so don’t be afraid to let the mixologists do their thing.
4.It’s OK To Stay and Chat
If it is a slow night, it is quite alright to sit and chat with your mixologist. It helps them pass the time and most people behind the bar love talking to and meeting new people. Don’t be shy!
5.Know the Bar You Are At
Different bars are going to specialize in different types of drinks. A bar that specializes in custom-crafted cocktails may not have as many cheap, light beers as a sports bar, just as your average dive bar may not have that special reserve whiskey you want. Be aware of your surroundings when you order.
6.Leave the Garnish Station Alone
Most mixologists will have a pretty elaborate garnish station filled with fresh fruit and other ingredients. These are meant to make drinks with, not for bar goers to snack on. So, while this garnish station may look appetizing, leave it alone while sitting at the bar.
7.Know What You’re Ordering
It may sound cool when James Bond says “shaken not stirred” but if you don’t know what that means, then don’t make that order. Just because you have heard bar lingo in the past, it doesn’t mean that you should go ahead and repeat it just to fit in. Be aware of what you’re ordering so you can get what you want.
8.Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Most mixologists are very passionate about what they do and love to help pass their knowledge on to others. If you want a recommendation or have a question about a certain drink or liquor, don’t be afraid to ask! Most people behind the bar will be happy to oblige!
9.Don’t Ask For More Liquor
There is a lot that goes into creating a cocktail and making sure there is the perfect balance of alcohol and other ingredients in the drink. With this in mind, you shouldn’t be asking your bartender for more liquor in your drink after you take a few sips. It can throw off the balance. If you want something stronger order something standard, like a vodka tonic, and order a double with your next cocktail.
10.Be Flexible If You’re Going to Ask Them to Make You Something
So many bartenders and mixologists hear the phrase “I don’t know what I want just make me something” from patrons all of the time. If you are going to tell someone this, then be ready to be flexible with what you get. It can be very frustrating for someone behind the bar to be told that their customer will drink “anything” only to have the patron demand a new drink.