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What You Can Learn from Your Bartender

03-12-2012

Bars have been around since time immemorial in one form or another. Gathering, drinking, eating and laughing together has become a part of virtually every culture on the face of the planet. However, that doesn’t mean that you’re a natural – there are plenty of things that even seasoned drinkers can learn from their bartender. What can your bartender teach you? Actually, there’s plenty you can learn!

1. More Expensive Drinks Taste Better

If you’re swilling down cheap drinks on the premise that it leaves more money for more drinks later on, why not take a cue from your bartender. Higher priced drinks are not only made with better quality ingredients, but they taste better to boot. That means while your dollar might not go quite as far, you’ll find your experience more enjoyable than if you were downing ultra-cheap drinks just for the effect.

2. Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

Bartenders are masters of a science called “mixology”, meaning they know more than a thing or two about mixing a good drink. Most people limit themselves to the obvious choices – a martini, a daiquiri or a margarita, for instance. There’s much more out there, though. Ask your bartender what he or she recommends – not only might you be surprised at the tasty results, but you’ll make the bartender happy as well.>/p>

3. Check the Menu

If your bar has a drinks menu, give it a close eye. These are the ones they’re known for making, and the ones that you’re most likely to have the best experience with. The house makes sure to stock the freshest ingredients for any drinks listed on the menu, so if you’re ordering something really obscure that calls for additives not normally stocked, be prepared to be disappointed.

4. Pay Attention to the Bartender

The bartender is there for much more than just serving you drinks. He or she offers conversation, can explain drinks, talk sports and more. Engage with them and you’ll have a better overall experience. Show that you value and respect them, and they’ll be more than happy to give you better service. As you can see, there are lots of things you can learn from your bartender, as well as things you can do to make your bar experience more enjoyable. Remember that your bartender is an expert, show respect and be happy to tip – you’ll find your night is better than it would be otherwise.