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Old 08-14-2007, 11:27 PM
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Default Remember this when you go to a bar at LOTO or Destin...

Someone once pointed out to me the fact that there seems to be a micro-economy in the service industry. Restaurant workers take their tip money out to bars and clubs at night and give it to the bartenders, who promptly return it to the waiters and waitresses the next day at lunch. The cycle is almost self-sufficient and is mutually beneficial. Knowing the pain of waiting on customers, each group tips the other well and never raises a fuss. These people do not need to be educated. The rest of you do.

Many of us have stood in a noisy, crowded bar and asked, "What's a guy got to do to get a drink around here?" Well, you're about to find out. Here are some Do's and Don'ts that will keep the relationship between the bartender and bar patron running smoothly.


Fail to have your money ready

We're waiting on you. Everyone else is waiting on us. Therefore, by the Transitive Property of Equality, everyone is waiting on you. Rule #1: Have your **** together. Not only will following Rule #1 get you served quicker in a bar, it's a good general rule to adopt in life and is especially helpful in Central American border crossing scenarios.


This is an absolute No-No. You whistle at dogs, not people.

Wave money

Oh, you've got a dollar!! I'll be right over!! Hopefully I won't break an ankle in my fevered rush to get you your "curz lite." Well, at least you're not breaking the next rule.

Yell out the bartender's first name

There's something deeply psychologically disturbing about hearing your name called out, turning around and seeing a complete stranger. That's one of the reasons strippers use stage names. Bartender's do too. Mine is MANTHUNDER.

Say "make it strong!" or "put a lot of liquor in it"

Oh, you're one of the rare drinkers that like their drink strong! When you say this, you're assuming I make weak drinks (which is insulting) and you're assuming that I'll stiffen this one up for my new best buddy, you. This is the best way to get a weak drink.

Give the ever-expanding drink order

You want a Bud. I go get it. I come back and now you want a Margarita. Okay, no prob. I come back, and (oh yeah!) now you want a shot of Tequila, too. You really could have told us this all at once. See Rule #1.

Pull the redirect (or the bait 'n' switch)

Usually used after the money wave or the whistle, this is when the gentlemen passes his turn to the lady behind him. Yeah, um, don't do that, okay? Chances are she's not ready, and your weak attempt at chivalry just cost you your turn. See you in 30 minutes.

Try the confused, lost look

This is usually accompanied by the question "What kind of beer y'all got?" while looking at all the beers we have. You did know you were in a bar, right? You didn't just appear here, did you? Refer to Rule #1.

Order High Maintenance shooters

Example: "Lemme get an Alabama Slammer, a Red Snapper, two Kamikazes, a Buttery Nipple and a Lemon Drop." Usually followed by a small tip. People, these shooters are fine by themselves, but there are multiple steps involved with each one. Translation: Time Sink. You may get them this time, but you'll probably be waited on last the next time we see your face. Here's a clue as to whether or not you're high maintenance; if two bartenders are working and they see you, and they flip a coin and the loser comes over to take your order, pretty good chance you're high maintenance.

Assume we know you're in the band

We know, we know, you're gonna be really famous, but you're not there yet, tiger. Tell us you're in the band and which band you're in. By the way, if you are in a band and get free/reduced drink prices, feel free to tip, as most bartenders are also in bands! It's not like we don't know how it is. Oh, and our bands will smoke your band.

Assume we know you period

Unless you've followed the first "Do" rule below, we don't remember you. You are one of a thousand faces for us, and when you point at an empty glass or a beer bottle that's invariably facing away from us, your attempt at a shortcut backfires. Tell us what you want.

Apologize for sucking

Don't apologize for not tipping. Acknowledging that you suck is not the same as not sucking. Oh, and don't say "I'll get ya next time." We know all about you.

Assume soft drinks are free

Are they free at McDonald's? Are they free at Wal-Mart? Are they free anywhere? I blame M.A.D.D. for this myth.

Put pennies and nickels in the tip jar

We don't want that crap in our pockets any more than you do. We don't have anything smaller than quarters. Have you ever ordered a drink that cost $3.17?

Be "The Microbrew Aficionado"

Usually a pseudo-hippy who can't tip a quarter but can't bring himself to drink "schwag," and who has to sample some new berry-wheat-harvest-ale that he heard about at Burning Man. "Do you have the new Vernal-Equinox Special Welcome-Fest?" "Does Anyone?" Here's your Newcastle. Go.

Be "The Daddy Warbucks"

Dressed in classic day-trader wear, this loud, boisterous guy smokes cigars and orders Martinis and generally exudes an air of money. Until the tip. We hate you.

Be a "Whiney Baby"

Under no circumstances should you ever whine to a bartender when asked to see your ID. Our jobs depend on them, and when we spot a fake/expired ID, don't argue; we've seen and heard it all a million times before, and it will get you absolutely nowhere. If you "don't have one" or "forgot it," forget it; you don't belong out on the town in the first place. That's the law, plain and simple. If we don't have the law, the terrorists win. You don't want the terrorists to win, do you? Bring your ID. Remember Rule #1, from a minute ago?

Don't tell me the bartender at the front bar hooks it up cheaper

bull**** because if he did you wouldn't be at my bar gettin it from me! if you can't afford the drinks you are ordering then don't drink!



Tip heavy right off the bat, and you're the first person we aim for every time you come up to the bar. Did you get that? Go back and read it again. The word will spread to the other bartenders and you'll be treated like a prince. It will pay off in better drinks and the occasional free one.

Be patient

All you really need to do to get waited on is make eye contact. We see you, and we'll get to you before the guy right next to you waving money and whistling. Remember, this isn't insulin we're passing out here. If you really need the drink that bad, you've got a problem to address, Jack. The meek shall inherit the bar.


we are human not machines we know you're there however you are not the only or most important one in the bar...
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:35 PM
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I guess bringing my own is probally on the Dont list
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:12 AM
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Waiters at Ruth Chris deserve the best tips
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:36 AM
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Thats the biggest BS I've taken the time to read/scan (could not stay with) since I've been around OSO...90% of the time I put money in the jar or dollars on the bar the BUSY, rude, and did I say to busy to say THANKS bartender is outta there...not to mention putting their fingers on the rim of the glass as they hand it over...oh and may I have a napkin? AND I said two limes dip****! Pay a little more attention to ME and stop short pouring and stealing from you employer...and while I'm at it start paying some taxes on that non reported cash income....I've been to the movie!!!
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Old 08-15-2007, 08:02 AM
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If the bartender goes in the order that orders come in, then the bartender will get a tip. I have had a bartender get my mixed drink order and then instead of making it, she went right to another guy to ask what he wanted and she had the audacity to open it before my order was even started. That bartender doesn't deserve a tip for not going in order, I was at the bar before that guy was. That was disrespect, plain and simple.
If I come up to the bar, right up where the bartender is talking, and the bartender just continues their conversation instead of asking "May I help you?", then that is disrespect also. That is playing when there are customers that want to get served. I have also had a couple of bartenders stop to chit chat instead of finishing making my drink. They couldn't have expected a tip for that. I have also experienced the bartender knowing that I am waiting to order, but he continues to do other things, like restock the beers. I understand the beers need to be cold, but that is disrespecting the customer's time. Restocking can be done when there are no new customers, unless it is so busy that the bartender literally doesn't have time to do it later, but most of the time, a bartender usually has some off time where there are no new customers. The bartender can take advantage of the extra time to restock the beers then.

I give respect if it is given to me. Meaning, if the bartender goes in order, puts the customer ahead of side work and conversation, and if they ask me before fixing another drink, then they will get a good tip. As far as one beer, opening a beer is not tip worthy. It takes more energy to fill a cup with a soft drink at McDonald's than to flip a cap and get the beer out of the refrigerator. I can see tipping someone for 3 beers, but not one. The sad part is the people at McDonald's do not receive tips and they do more work usually than just flipping a cap off a beer and getting it from the refrigerator. Honestly, flipping a cap is to me, not bar tending. I can even do that without a bar tending course.
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Old 08-15-2007, 08:24 AM
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Glad I don't go to bars at LOTO. I am a very good tipper but if I see an attitude like this,forget it..and I won't be back either!

PS One of my early years jobs was a curbwaiter at Steak N Shake. The guys that had attitudes towards customers or who were lazy made crumbs. I made pretty good money myself!

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Pre drink, then you don't have to wait a half hour for a beer, cause you have no concpet of time!
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In other words; We must all be ready for slow service!
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Pre drink, then you don't have to wait a half hour for a beer, cause you have no concpet of time!
Michigan folks R so smart!!!!
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Originally Posted by dkwestern View Post
Pre drink, then you don't have to wait a half hour for a beer, cause you have no concpet of time!
That's the ticket!
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