ARE YOU BAR ENTITLED??
It’s fair to say that some people when coming to a bar act as if they own the bar.
I have over the years met my fair share of bar gods, I mean people who walk in and everything must stop, and they must be entertained immediately. I mean in the mist of pure chaos this man/ woman walks in and throws their hands up in disbelief and I look over and think ” Really? you don’t see there is 250 people in here right now and if they are standing in front of bar then they are probably ahead of you?”
And guess what the answer is?
No one cares. Now there are rare moments when someone walks into a bar and they see I am busy as hell, and they wait till I look for them. This is my job so even when busy as hell I will eventually look up and catch your eyes and say “what can I get you?” and this guy/girl understands the position I am in and understands how much time I have for them. They are aware enough to know this is a bad time for a Manhattan, or a bad time for a simple old fashion. this is a simple bad time for any cocktail. This person then maybe laughs and says ” wow I see your busy, let me just get two coronas.” I than smile and grab them two coronas, and then if I have a comp tab I put them on it, shit I might even go in my tip bucket. Give them some money because they have just made my night. I now will remember these guys forever. They will never spend a lot of money with me again. And if they tip accordingly that first time that pretty much guarantees it.
I have spent $35 dollars in a week drinking at some of the top bars in NYC because I gave this gesture one time when a bartender was in the weeds. Now that $35 I spent is tips. I should have spent $120.
But some people come in and they yell because you haven’t served them yet. They get upset because they have been waiting 3 minutes to order. Oh my god your life is gonna end? Really, not ordering a Cosmo might kill you at 8:30 on a Wednesday? ” Give me one second sir I will get to you!” “Can this guy take my order right here than?” No sir he doesn’t work here. Than you have people who want a service but don’t want to pay for anything more?
“I want to spend $80 exactly. How much is my bill?” $79.17. “Perfect”. But than 5 minutes later, ” yooo you didn’t give me any free shots on my bill?” Sir the entitlement and the ignorance is scary. You don’t come to a bar and guarantee yourself a free round. Same way I am not always guaranteed a tip.
I don’t get tips if we had some type of weird interaction. It’s the industry of sometimes that happening, there are times where you and a person just don’t click and you tried, and they tried but the tip receipt reflects it. Ok they didn’t tip but I also gave them something gross and got all Hollywood about it. You know, ” Mam I know how a proper margarita should taste, and that’s it.” “Well at my other bar they use roses lime juice and triple sec and this is nasty!” “Go to your other bar than!”
Previously on the Cupachino blog S*** you won’t Say!