Last weekend was the BIG one for bars because of St. Paddy's Day. But if you're back in the saddle this weekend, here are six unwritten bar rules you might be breaking...

  1. Don't wave your money at the bartender. They hate that, so just try to make eye contact instead, and be patient. If they still ignore you, a slight hand wave is okay.
  2. If it's crowded, have your FULL drink order ready. Especially if you're getting drinks for multiple people. Don't be the person who finally gets the bartender's attention, THEN asks their friends what they want.
  3. Don't be a "gerbil." That's the term for a person who nervously shreds napkins on the bar. And if you do it by mistake, don't try to clean it up by putting the pieces in an empty glass. A plate is better, so the staff doesn't have to dig the pieces out.
  4. Stay clear of the "service" area. It's the part of the bar where waiters order drinks for customers. When bars are crowded, people try to order from there a lot. But you're usually just wasting your time. They won't take your order, they'll just tell you to move.
  5. When you play the jukebox, play to the crowd. Don't pick a deep track no one knows. Try to play stuff other people will like too.
  6. Don't complain to the bartender about the drink prices. You may find this shocking, but bartenders don't set the drink prices. They'd probably change the prices for you if they could, but they can't. Bar owners are in the business to make money and there's a huge overhead owning a bar. Don't like it, go buy a dirty 30 of some Busch Light and go drink in your garage.

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