Slideshow: Ask A Bartender: What's Your Biggest Pet Peeve?

Think Ahead
Think Ahead
"When the bar is crowded, I get to you, and you have no idea what you want. What were you doing that whole time besides annoyingly tapping the bar with your credit card?" — Brandon Sornberger (Io West)
Yeah, I Know Him Too
Yeah, I Know Him Too
"My biggest pet peeve when it comes to customers (besides bad tipping) is the name dropping of the owner or manager, thinking it will get them a free drink. When I ask the owner (or manager) who they are, 9 times out of 10, they don't know them." —James Romer (Wirtshaus)
Pay Up
Pay Up
"Guys not offering to buy drinks on a date is a big one (sue me, I'm old fashioned). Trying to teach me something, especially about booze and in an arrogant, know-it-all-y way, is never going to go over well with a bartender. Also, when a guy (it's always a guy) orders a drink and then doesn't want it anymore because it comes in a coupe. It's just... Insane." —Dan Sabo (Five Leaves)
There Are Many...
There Are Many...
"When someone I don't know finds out my name and uses it ad nauseum, acting like we're more familiar than we are. People who think they're funny. People who ask for ridiculous drinks like "An abortion" like it's something they drink all the time. When people eat out of my fruit tray like it's their personal produce buffet. When dudes hit on you all night then leave a shitty tip. Owners/managers getting drunk, getting in fights with you, the customers and the cab drivers you try to get them to leave with. Blended drinks. Seriously, when people order pina coladas or daiquiri's I'm just like, "I get it. You just went on a cruise. Now, knock it off." —Molly Prather (Little Dom's)
Be Prepared
Be Prepared
"Most of my pet peeves are similar to every other bartender everywhere all the time: If it's a busy bar, just be somewhat prepared. Don't act surprised when someone asks what you'd like to drink. Another one of my pet peeves is people's blind acceptance of blatant marketing strategies by liquor brands. They get sold on certain brands just because of some flashy campaign, even when the slightest bit of detective work would debunk much of what brand marketers pitch. I prefer to judge brands on quality over marketing dollars." —Mike Ryan (Sable)
There's A List For A Reason
There's A List For A Reason
"I hate when people spend a whole ten minutes dissecting a by-the-glass wine list and then order a wine that is not on the list. I also hate when guests try to tell me how to do my job." — Jeff "Chewy" Chouinard (Lincoln Ristorante)
Basic Manners
Basic Manners
"I have a hard time with customers who are blatantly rude, most often to impress their friends. I’m not impressed. Say please and thank you. Treat me with the same respect that I will always treat you with regardless of how you are behaving." — Laura Cullen (Clarke's)
Hey Captain
Hey Captain
"Don't call me captain, buddy, snap your fingers, bang your glass against the bar top or clap your hands at me to get a drink. I've never been in the service and I'm not a circus monkey." —Brian Means (Fifth Floor)