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well I did order a whiskey and coke, I wanted the better stuff that's usually on the top shelf. the bartender was short and as she reached up to grab the bottle, it slipped and fell.... I was almost in tears after seeing the bottle which was pretty much a full bottle smash as it hit the floor. the manager came over and said what happened she then pointed to me and said in a hotly voice "this guy just had to want the top shelf stuff..." the first thing that popped into my head was "well there goes your tip.... n00b" that was the first and only time I've seen a bartender drop a bottle, I usually like to order different brands of whiskey every time I get a drink let's me try different types


Reminds me of a bar I like. The bartenders were pretty tipsy/drunk as well. The drinks were HUGE. Each big mug held probably 4 cups' worth of liquid.

A guy went to order a whiskey and coke. The bartender filled his mug with like 5 ice cubes, 3.5 cups of whiskey, and a little pour of coke. The guy came back not long after to complain about how strong his drink was. The red-faced bartender just glared at him and made a big show of pouring him another little splash of coke lol


nothing wrong with it strong, this bartender wasn't drunk though. if she were then I might have forgiven her but I over heard the manager saying that her shift just started and she already broke something. funny thing is the guy next to me wispier "what a bitch" and we then started talking for almost an hour
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I ask for a glass of water because I don't drink. I've also never talked to a bartender.
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A Guinness, one does not simply pour a perfect pint of Guinness.
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I was surprised to find that a lot of bartenders don't know how to make a Midori Sour. Most the bars/pubs I frequent when I'm out with friends don't make them/don't know how to. I have some University pub crawls coming up yet I still only know one place (that's a bit fancier) that makes them so I won't get my hopes up on that one.
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Water. Always screws with them...
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I'll have a Virgin Cuba Libre... and would you make it diet?
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I work as a bartender! And I'm all of those bad things you guys mentioned! Haha. It makes me feel terrible.

In all fairness though, when you don't really drink yourself...you don't really know what a certain cocktail should taste like. Or more like, the difference between bad and good? It gets so friggin busy that I don't have time to care about the TLC it requires for some of them. If it was more chill, I would probably care more. I never get tipped anyway!
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Oh and don't order hot drinks at a bar...just go to a coffee shop, please! That one kills me inside
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George_z wrote:

A Guinness, one does not simply pour a perfect pint of Guinness.


You sir are evil though I do know a couple places locally that can pull this off the Barkeeps are fresh of the boat from Ireland.

The test drink I use of mundanes is a duck fart look it up fun drink if done right.

At conventions it would be a glass of Romulan Ale most don't get it even close to the movie and use either vodka as the base of rum the one my buddy spent two days working on had an everclear base and look like it was right out of the movie needless to say it left you hung over from the fumes.
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Antybabyyy wrote:

I work as a bartender! And I'm all of those bad things you guys mentioned! Haha. It makes me feel terrible.

In all fairness though, when you don't really drink yourself...you don't really know what a certain cocktail should taste like. Or more like, the difference between bad and good? It gets so friggin busy that I don't have time to care about the TLC it requires for some of them. If it was more chill, I would probably care more. I never get tipped anyway! ;)


My mother, sister, and my stepfather were all bartenders at some point in their lives.

I also worked in the service industry (though not a bartender). I know to tip well when it's not god awful (I think only once I left pocket change as a tip, and that was purposeful because I had to wait 45 minutes in an empty restaurant for a glass of orange juice), and busy-ness can be forgiven.

The lack of understanding what you're serving though, is harder to forgive. It's like getting someone who lives off of fast food to be your restaurant's chef.. >.<

EDIT: also my sister is a shitty bartender. Her concoctions are way too strong and sugary, which reflects her tastes, but not an understanding of the drinks.
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Yeah, I've learned the cocktails we serve, and I'm rather informative or make suggestions and carry a friendly face and service and I know mine are not awful as I tend to taste them if too sour, sugary or sweet etc. Then there are times where it is so busy you get what you get...sorry!
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If they can make a tasty old fashioned or a side car im happy
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A "White Russian". They are easy to screw up. If its fine, you got a good bartender. So far I had one acceptable only in my life. The rest was terrible!
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Can you put scotch on rocks? Good enough for me.
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Kind of related, but just last summer I wanted a raspberry lemonade and the server said "Sure, coming right up" or something along those lines. Then she gives it to me, and I take a sip (and a few more after that lol)... and I could feel something was off. So I give it to my parents and I say "Doesn't this taste like it has alcohol in it?" My parents couldn't tell since they were drinking beer already, so when the server comes back I just say "I ordered a non-alcoholic raspberry lemonade" and she said sorry, comes back to say they're out of raspberry flavoring, and I get strawberry lemonade instead.

Anyways, I liked the drink... but I was underage xD Although I wouldn't be in Canada or most of freaking Europe -_-' And the normal drink menu had flavors you can choose to add to normal lemonade. But then I took a peek in the alcoholic drink menu and it just happened to be the only alcoholic lemonade they had was raspberry lemonade. Raspberry vodka is pretty good lol

All I know is I like fruity stuff. And probably chocolatey. And I would probably like white or pink wine but red tastes nasty to me. Have to wait another 2 years, darn. Unless when I go to Europe this summer...
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