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So, An Awkward Girl Walks Into A Bar And Tries To Order A Drink For The First Time And...

Who even names a drink "Free Unicorn?"

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Ordering a drink is incredibly stressful and uncomfortable. This is completely subjective, but I'm sure that I'm not alone here. I'm only 20 years old, so I've never ordered a drink myself until now because I'm in Europe (yaaaaaaaas!) but I'm also taking classes while I'm here (less excited "yaaas...").

So as you know, the drinking age is 18 in London, thus deeming me with the freedom of drinking. So, with this new freedom, I am also deemed with a new awkward situation. I honestly thought it would be like the movies (I was very wrong). I thought that when a girl walks up to the bar she is noticed and proceeds to slyly order her drink like an independent badass.

NO.

First off I'm not cool or sly or have a single once of social skills. So that's a hurdle.

Also, I look like an electrocuted sewage rat 80 percent of my life. I can't blame this on anyone but myself. Ya girl just doesn't care how she looks sometimes. Third, I'm not assertive. I will let everyone and their mother order a drink before me. I'm the type of person that will get kicked in the face and then apologize for my face being in the way. So, it was pretty clear that ordering a drink in a foreign country at a club was not going to be my shining moment.

With my shoes sticking to the ground with every step, I hesitantly made my way to the bar. Not beginning with a very strong start. I wiggle my way through the crowd at the bar and nervously place my arms on the edge of the table. I'm the only girl in a sea of boys. This was a mistake.

I stand there for a solid ten minutes as I watch the bartender frantically make drinks and open beers. I feel so uncomfortable. He sees me, I see him. I feel like I'm just staring him down. I literally just want to melt away, but I also want a cocktail. So I guess it was time to face my fears.

Another five minutes go by until he is able to get to me and I haven't said a single word to him, but I feel like I just irritate the absolute shit out of him. Help. I order my drink. Of course, he can't hear me so I'm forced to scream a terrible drink name at him.

The name of the fruity vodka blend was "free unicorn."

What the actual hell.

Five minutes go by and my drink is ready, thank God. I reach for my card and pay him. I didn't say more than maybe five words through the whole experience, yet I somehow hate my self even more than before. But it's fine because I now have my hella girly drink and never have to see him ever again.

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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.

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Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge-drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100% real" and that incoming freshmen should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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I'm A College Girl Who Doesn't Like To Party, Sue Me

Please don't make me go out, I'm a grandma.

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I'm a college girl attending a school known locally for its parties and I would rather stay home in my pajamas, watching Netflix.

When I announced to my aunt that I was committed to URI last summer, she laughed and said that when she was a college student in the late '90s and early '00s at Rhode Island College, it was dubbed as "You Are High." My older siblings talked of parties and how the institution was a spot for people who weren't even students. Some of my friends teased me that I was going to get intoxicated every night and they would get drunk texts at all hours. My parents warned me to be careful and to stay safe. Everyone noted that college was usually a time for young adults to let loose.

Not me.

I have an extremely small circle of friends and if you're not in it, I am utterly uncomfortable engaging in conversation with you. Don't get me wrong, if you talk to me first and you seem like a cool person, I will be fine but I cannot make the first move almost ever. I would be following my group around the whole party which would not only annoy them but most likely result in me standing by myself in a corner for the entirety of the night because I lost them. I don't particularly like to drink or smoke. I'm kind of a lightweight and being high just results in my already bad anxiety shooting through the roof. I like to be sober and completely aware of everything going on around me. Sure there are some who don't participate in either activity but you're seen as a buzzkill for the rest as if your sobriety is ruining their fun.

I am self-conscious about my body. I do not like to wear tight-fitting or short clothes because I will continuously beat myself up for not wearing another outfit or not looking like some Instagram model. I would much prefer my glasses on with a baggy sweater and sweatpants. Unnecessary loud noises irritate me as I easily get migraines from them which can take some time to go away. I get nervous that I will do something embarrassing and be laughed at. I worry something unfortunate will happen.

I like to stay in with my parents and my dog. I like to go to restaurants, museums, amusement parks, and much more with people I am comfortable with. I can sit back with a bowl of popcorn, pop in a movie, and be set for the night. Just not partying. My definition of a good time is different from most college students and that's OK. I may be in college, but I am mentally a grandmother.

If you like to go out and party, I am not judging you. That's your element, go out and own it. But it's not mine.

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