Slideshow: Ask A Bartender: What Can You Tell About Someone By Their Drink Order?

Yep, I'm Trying to Figure You Out
Yep, I'm Trying to Figure You Out
"You can tell a lot from what someone orders: Light beer: What's wrong? You don't like beer? Ales: I like drinking. Stout/Porter: I could be dangerous to drink with. Gin: I'll enjoy your conversation. Vodka: Your charms will quickly wear off. Brandy: Insane asylum. More than one cocktail: You might be pretty but conversation will abate after an hour. Wow. I'm judgemental today. It must be the hangover." —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)
No Judgin'
No Judgin'
"I never really try to guess a personality based on an individual's drink choice. I have a great respect for people who a) don't drink b) only drink sweeter concoctions and c) only drink Bud. That being said, don't be surprised if, when asked for a Long Island Iced Tea, I pull out my OXO measuring cup. I'm a stickler for details." — Elizabeth Powell (ArtBar)
Do You Trust Me?
Do You Trust Me?
"Often you can determine whether or not the guest trusts you and your establishment. If someone sits down, looks around, and orders a classic cocktail that's not on the menu, they usually have faith that you'll do a good job. If they sit, look at your cocktail list and order a bud light when they really want a Negroni, you're probably in trouble." —Dave McCabe ( Punk's Backyard Grill )
Want Some Martini With That?
Want Some Martini With That?
"If it ends with 'And can I have, like, a cup of olives???,' quite a bit." — Aaron Polsky (Amor y Amargo, Neta, @ontopofthebar)
Just Don't Puke
Just Don't Puke
"I try not to judge. But basically you can tell that this person either: A) Likes the taste of beer and booze (whiskey neat and a Bass) or B) Does not like the taste of beer and booze but still wants to get kind of loaded (Bud Light and a Lemon Drop shot). And that's fine. No judgement. Lemon drops are tasty and less likely to induce vomiting. Please don't vomit on my bar." — Rhea Buckner (Bleecker Street Bar, HiFi)