- There are certain drinks bartenders like me will secretly judge you for ordering.
- We’ll happily make you a mixed drink with top-shelf liquor, for example, but we’ll be rolling our eyes on the inside.
- Here are 16 things you should think twice about before ordering at a bar.
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Bars are filled with people trying to look cool.
Or maybe you just want to appear cool in front of me, your bartender.
And why not? Bartenders are hip. We stand in front of people and do things that most people probably can’t do.
So it’s no surprise that folks sometimes try to impress us — or at least not disappoint us — when it’s their big moment in front of us: ordering a drink.
No matter what kind of drink you order, we’ll happily make it with a smile. But that said, there are some types of drinks we’ll secretly judge you for requesting.
Here are 16 orders that bartenders are sure to secretly judge you for.
You order a filthy martini with a top-shelf spirit
With a few exceptions, such as when the cocktail is super spirit-forward, house cocktails are always made with the bottom shelf — or "well" — spirits. Because why waste a perfectly good top-shelf spirit?
If I gave you a blind tasting of two filthy martinis, one with Grey Goose, one with the well vodka, I highly doubt you would be able to tell which was which. At least not in a meaningful way.
Some bartenders go so far as to judge any and all dirty martini orders — especially when a blue-cheese-stuffed olive is requested.
Personally, I’m unbothered. That is, until, you besmirch a perfectly good top-shelf gin or vodka that can stand on its own.
Actually, requesting an uppermost echelon spirit in any mixed drink is kind of silly
The same principle applies with any mixed drink. Even if it’s a more refined cocktail, like an Old Fashioned.
I’ll do it. But it will hurt me inside to add even a dash of bitters and a bar spoon of sweetener to the $25 Nikka Coffey Whiskey Old Fashioned you just ordered.
We judge when large groups all order the same thing
Don’t be square. Live a little. Just because you’re wearing watching bachelor or bachelorette tees doesn’t mean your drink orders have to correspond too.
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