What Bartenders Wish They Could Tell You

What Bartenders Wish They Could Tell You

A peek behind the bar.

Bartending is the quickest money you’ll ever make…legally, of course. Any bartender can attest to it. You pretty much get paid to chat with people and get tipped if you know how to perfectly concoct the cheap liquor and mix.

I will admit, I am new to the bartending world. I am a firm believer that everyone should have to work in some sort of food service, customer service, you know, “dealing with the human race” service. People really can be horrible, rude, and just downright stupid, but the worst part is you cannot even tell them. I mean, you can as you walk out the door getting fired.

Here’s a little insight into the wide world of alcohol from a bartender’s perspective. One night after a brutal shift at your favorite bar, Club OP, I sat up in bed and jotted down some things that basically tore everyone I served that night to shreds. Luckily no names, faces, or identities will be revealed and wallet size reminder cards will be available for sale soon.

After all, we are Bonnies. Friday and Saturday nights are the best times of our lives (Wednesday and Thursday nights too if you are into that type of thing). We work hard all week in hopes of being able to cut back and relax once the last class breaks on Friday.

“Hi what can I get for you?”

“I’ll just have a beer or mixed drink”

Probably the worst statement to be said at a bar. “A beer” isn’t a brand and a “mixed drink” means maybe you have had a little too much already or maybe you’ve never stepped foot in a bar before. A bartender loves a customer that knows what they want and isn’t going to waste their time…so don’t.

I’m fully aware of my name, I write it a thousand times a day, and if I ever forget it I’ll let you know.

You may think screaming my name over and over again at the top of your lungs makes me feel like the Queen of England, but it really makes me want to ignore you for 20 more minutes. I know it’s not difficult to learn someone’s name at this school but if you aren’t going to say hello to me outside of the bar setting or at the very least if you’re not going to like my Instagram posts… do not refer to me like I’ve been invited to your Christmas dinner.

People, please learn how to order a drink.

It does matter my friends. It's simple, follow steps below:

1. Walk up to the bar, wait for the bartender to serve you. Calmly.

2. “Hello, may I have a (INSERT ALCOHOL FIRST) + (MIXER) + PLEASE.”

3. Pay

4. And for the finale, give us a big: "Thank you."

5. Then proceed back to the dance floor and watch people grind like 8th graders.

We notice a lot more than you think we do.

There will always be those people at the bar, try not to be one of them.

* Boy or girl with significant other...not acting like it.

Plain and simple, don’t do something now you’ll regret in the morning. Or worse, don’t give people something to talk about.

* The one guy that keeps trying to start chants.

* The emotional girl at the end of the bar that keeps saying things to me like:

I’m sure he did say something mean or she did give you a dirty look or that freshman did steal the last slice of pepperoni of the counter at Graffiti, but life goes on, girlfriend.

* The anti-social: phone attached to their face.

It’s our generation -- it's physically impossible for us to not be attached to our phones. I can honestly say I have some serious anxiety if I misplace my phone, steal my car before you take my phone! Am I right, or am I right?

* Never ever, ever, has enough money to pay for the drink I already made them.

I get it we’re all a little low on cash in college, but don’t order a drink when you don’t have the funds, friends. PSA: prices do not include tip.

* And my personal favorite, people meeting that night and then..

I mean that’s awesome for you two to have finally been brought together but you’re just making me super uncomfortable.

Now, this wasn’t meant to make you feel less of yourself, it’s for me to think less of you on my own terms...behind the bar...sober…on the weekend. I’m not bitter. So, remember all this when going out this weekend and never forget: the bartender is your friend, who is studying your every move, and judging you, and loving you all at the same damn time. Cheers!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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15 Things You Learn To Appreciate More When You Start 'Adulting' For Real

You learn to appreciate the little things in life.


The things most of us took for granted while we were younger, are the little things in life, now.

1. A full tank of gas

There is no greater feeling than having a full tank of gas. It isn't truly appreciated and exciting until you are an adult and have to start paying for gas on your own.

2. Cleaning

What was once thought of as a terrible chore, is now a fun activity that you actually look forward to doing. Nothing better than a clean space.

3. Plans getting canceled

We all know the feeling of saying yes to plans and just hoping they will fall through last minute. You know you are truly an adult when you are actually happy about not having to go out and socialize.

4. Food shopping

Being an adult means you are in charge of your own food shopping, I can't be the only one who looks forward to the next time I get to shop for more food.

5. Naps

Napping... what most of us look forward to doing after a long day at work, and hated when we were children. You never truly appreciate a nap as a child, but you sure do as an adult.

6. Getting money as a gift

When we were all younger getting money as a gift for our birthdays or Christmas seemed like such a waste, when all we wanted were toys. Money, an adult's best friend and the best gift you could ever receive.

7. Coffee

Drinking coffee was a trend and the "cool" thing to do when we were all younger. Now its a necessity for survival and the best part of each day.

8. Going home to your parents

Living at home was the "worst thing ever" when we were all teens, not being able to do what we wanted and having to follow our parent's rules. You know you are an adult when you look forward to going home and can't wait to have your parents home cooked meals and a free place to stay. We didn't know how great we had it.

9. Coupons

Nothing better than getting a coupon for something you were going to buy anyway. You never truly took advantage of sales and coupons until adulthood when you want to get deals anywhere and any possible way that you can.

10. Having no plans during the weekend

No one wants to have 10,000 things to do on the weekends after having a long work week full of stress. Having nothing to do during the weekend is a blessing, and if you know its coming, its what gets you through the week honestly.

11. Not having any emails to reply too

Getting bombarded with emails is a nightmare, no better feeling than waking up in the morning with no emails to respond too.

12. " Your order has shipped"

"Treat yo self" is the motto most of us live by, there is nothing better than getting that "your order has shipped" email. These emails were never truly appreciated while most of us were younger.

13. Going to bed early

Getting 8+ hours of sleep is nearly impossible these days, actually finishing everything you have to get done and at a reasonable hour is a blessing.

14. Finding new cleaning supplies

I can't be the only one who gets excited over discovering new cleaning supplies...?

15. Lighting candles

Nothing better than lighting a candle and relaxing, enough said.

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