In my youth, I wanted to be a bartender… ever seen the movie Cocktail? Somewhere along the way, my passion turned from booze to technology. Now I love dive bars, Wally’s on Mills rocks, check out the wallpaper. But if I’m having a business meeting that includes people with initials after their name Wally’s won’t be my go-to place.
I have a few signs that show that I’m in a decent place….
- Can they make a classic? I appreciate the latest trends in booze, but drinking a Pickle Back isn’t for me. Give me an Old Fashioned or Bourbon & Ginger.
- Does anyone say hello? I’ve become my father. As silly as it sounds I want to be greeted, especially if I’m spending money.
- Are the glasses clean? I’m the last person to worry about dirt and germs. Often I drink alone…. I know, not a good sign, but the last thing I want to do is look at bubbles making love to the side of my glass.
- Make sure they’re actually mixing your drink. You get what you pay for. Just because Applebee’s is selling $1.00 Margaritas doesn’t doesn’t mean that it’s a good deal.
- Are the bathrooms clean? Often you’re looking to “break the seal” after a few drinks. A bathroom is a solid indicator of an establishments attention to detail, trust me. Additionally, can you distinguish between the restrooms? I have no idea if a sideways arrow with a balloon attached means male or female.
- Broken glass in the parking lot – This goes back to my first real job and my boss that told me, “Never park where’s there’s glass on the ground”. The reason, it lets you know if you’re in an area where they break car windows and steal stuff.
- People in the parking lot talking to themselves, or public nudity – I love conversation, and I appreciate nudity, but both have their time an place, and it’s not where I’m looking to unwind.
- The music is too loud – Again, I’ve become my father. I want to talk to people, and I want to hear them as well. I enjoy carrying on a conversation with the bartender, as well as the road warrior on the next stool, but only if I can hear them.
Booze is a social lubricant, but don’t let that force you into a bar that’s less than acceptable. Deals are won or lost over an adult beverage and your environment needs to be the background, not the focus.
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