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Bartenders Should Shush People Bartenders Should Shush People

I like a quiet bar. I have since I was 21. This isn’t an unusual desire; any time I’m at a bar past 8, someone (sometimes it’s not even me!) eventually says “Sorry, I couldn’t hear you. The bar got so loud!” Even the quietest dive fills up now and then with people shouting to be heard, when each person individually…

How to Take Full Advantage of Airport Bars How to Take Full Advantage of Airport Bars

I’m a bit of a nervous flyer, so I always get to the airport early to sip on some courage at the bar. It helps me keep calm and, well, it’s hard to pass up a good Bloody Mary. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tips to ensure the airport bar is always a good experience.

Hear the Television in a Crowded Bar Using This App Hear the Television in a Crowded Bar Using This App

It’s March Madness time, which means a lot of us are crowding into bars to watch games, crowded bars where even though you might be able to see the game your chances of hearing it are pretty slim.

Why I Work at Bars Instead of Coffee Shops Why I Work at Bars Instead of Coffee Shops

Working from home is an extremely sweet gig. I don’t have to wear real clothing, I alone control the thermostat, and my only physically present coworker is a geriatric spaniel. But a lack of human contact can make one a little weird, so I try to get out and be among the people at least once a day. Most people…

Find Great Local Bars by Chatting With the Hotel Bartender Find Great Local Bars by Chatting With the Hotel Bartender

You’re visiting a new city and you want to find a nice bar where you can grab a decent drink. Where do you go first? Close the Yelp app and hit the hotel bar, of course. Here’s why.

That Lemon Wedge in Your Drink Is Probably Filthy That Lemon Wedge in Your Drink Is Probably Filthy

The lemon wedge in your drink has a bad reputation, and the evidence for it seems obvious: No one at a restaurant washes the outside of a lemon, but then they throw that wedge onto your glass, sometimes letting the rind soak right in the drink. And according to HuffPost, several studies found all kinds of germs on…

What's the Best Reward You Ever Got for Tipping? What's the Best Reward You Ever Got for Tipping?

The best reason to tip isn’t for yourself, but for the person you’re tipping. It’s a way to be nice, and sometimes it’s the only way the service worker can make a livable income. But as a side bonus, if you tip very well, you might get some good discounts, freebies, or special service.

Trick People Into Buying You Drinks With These Bar Bets Trick People Into Buying You Drinks With These Bar Bets

Free drinks always make a night out better, but you don’t have to cozy up to the bartender to get them. Instead, use these simple bar bets to pull one over on your friends (or other bar goers) and win yourself a free drink or two.

5 Signs You're in a Good Cocktail Bar 5 Signs You're in a Good Cocktail Bar

Really good, expertly made cocktails can cost a pretty penny, and I’m okay with that. What I’m not okay with, however, is paying fifteen bucks for an over-shaken beverage garnished with sad, dried-out fruit. Any bar can claim to make “craft” cocktails, but how can you be sure you’re getting what you pay for?

Beware These Risky Cocktail Ingredients When You Go Out Drinking Beware These Risky Cocktail Ingredients When You Go Out Drinking

While cocktails aren’t exactly good for you—alcohol is a toxin after all—some drinks can be more dangerous than others. These dicey craft cocktail ingredients can be found in bars all over the place.

How to Order Drinks at the Bar Without Embarrassing Yourself How to Order Drinks at the Bar Without Embarrassing Yourself

I once ordered a martini at a networking event. “How do you want it?” the bartender asked. I had no idea what he meant but I didn’t want to look dumb. “Uh, shaken?” I replied (because that’s what James Bond says). The bartender smirked. “No, I mean, do you want Vodka or Gin?” I felt like a damn fool. Here’s how to…

Follow These Four Tips to Become a Better Bar Regular Follow These Four Tips to Become a Better Bar Regular

Being a regular at your local bar, restaurant, or cafe is about more than getting free drinks or good service — it’s also a solid way to improve your happiness and build a community. But to get that, you can’t just be a regular, you should be a good regular. Here’s how.

Explore the Best Brews of 2016 With This Interactive Periodic Table of Beer Explore the Best Brews of 2016 With This Interactive Periodic Table of Beer

If you’re looking for a tasty new beer to try out, this interactive periodic table will guide you in the right direction.

Trick Your Friends and Family With These 10 Bets You'll Always Win Trick Your Friends and Family With These 10 Bets You'll Always Win

If you’re looking for some ways to astonish your friends and family, or maybe win some free drinks at the bar, give these tricks a try.

Quickly Rid Your Beer of Excess Foam With an Oily Finger Quickly Rid Your Beer of Excess Foam With an Oily Finger

If your glass of beer is mostly foam, you can make it drinkable faster with a simple chemistry trick. All you need is a little oil.

I've Worked Bar Security, Here's How to Talk Your Way Out of a Bar Fight I've Worked Bar Security, Here's How to Talk Your Way Out of a Bar Fight

Sun Tzu once said “the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” And that goes double when the drinks are flowing. People can get a bit hot-headed when they’re on the sauce, and in some cases, physical. Based on my experiences as a security guard, these smooth talking tips will help you calm an…

Why You Should Always Carry Cash When You Go to a Bar Why You Should Always Carry Cash When You Go to a Bar

For a fun night at a bar, all you really need anymore is a smartphone with a ride sharing app and maybe a credit or debit card. But using cash can get the bartender on your side, and actually save you some money if you’re not planning to stay very long.

The 20 Best Places to Party In the U.S. The 20 Best Places to Party In the U.S.

If you’re looking for the best party scenes in the states, these destinations offer the most when it comes to vibrant night life and good times.

The Bar Roulette iOS App Makes Bar Hopping Adventures Even Better The Bar Roulette iOS App Makes Bar Hopping Adventures Even Better

Bar Roulette, the clever service that sends you and your buddies to random top-rated bars in your area, now has a dedicated app for iOS with a new premium service tier and support for Foursquare.

Why Cocktails Are Served In Different Sizes and Shapes of Glasses Why Cocktails Are Served In Different Sizes and Shapes of Glasses

There’s no reason for you to have a dozen different types of glasses on your home bar, so why do bartenders serve cocktails in so many different types of glasses? Well, this video from PBS’s IdeaChannel explains where all those glasses came from, and whether they matter.

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