Gallery: Ask a Bartender: What Behavior Gets Someone Kicked Out of Your Bar?

Eating the Garnishes
Eating the Garnishes
"Rudeness to staff or customers, of course… and eating my garnishes, that's a big one. I had a woman the other night pick up a Thai chili, pretend to put it in her mouth, and then put it back in the garnish cup with all the others. That got her thrown out…" — John McCarthy (Mulberry Project, Vinatta Project)
Disturbing the Peace
Disturbing the Peace
"Someone who starts spilling drinks and/or invading the space and calm of other patrons is likely to get a free taxi ride home. Oh, and ordering a Bloody Mary after 9 PM on a Saturday. (JK! I'll make one but charge you $15 for it.)" — Michael Lazar (Hog & Rocks)
Loud, Drunken Fighting
Loud, Drunken Fighting
"Getting into a loud, drunken argument with another customer, especially about any of the following topics: religion, politics, regional styles of barbecue, New York or Chicago pizza, Pat's vs. Geno's, or the supremacy of your preferred college football conference." — Chad Musick (The Green Room)
Harassment and Throwing Up
Harassment and Throwing Up
"There’s a few...harassing other guests or staff, to the point of discomfort, will get you 86’d. Throwing up into your hand and all over yourself is a good way to get yourself kicked out. If you’re caught stealing, particularly things like our tiki mugs, whiskey glasses, menus, etc you will probably be asked to return them, and taking pride in your theft is a rock-solid way to be disinvited. Also, when the lights are up, the music is off, the bar is empty, and three different people have asked you to vacate the bar, standing your ground and throwing a temper tantrum is an easy way to expedite the bouncing process. 'The freedom to swing your fist ends where the next person’s nose begins.'" —Mike Ryan (Sable)
Ordering Drinks Named After Sexual Acts
Ordering Drinks Named After Sexual Acts
"Ordering drinks named after sexual acts and porn stars. We should be better at drinking with age; if you are 40 and ordering a blow job shot, you shouldn't go out in public." — Jeremy Strawn (Black Hound Bar & Lounge)
People Who Are Unkind
People Who Are Unkind
"People who are unkind. I was raised by the principle of "you catch more flies with honey," which is just a cutesy way of saying be nice and you will win more often than not. It's a basic principle, which is easy to follow. Kindness spreads and makes the environment more fun, which is the point after all." — Megan Knox (Bluestem)
Verbal Assaults
Verbal Assaults
"Verbal assaults are never acceptable behavior in my eyes. Rude people aren't cool and have nothing to add to the mix." — Elizabeth Powell (Liberty Bar)
Trash Talking My Mom
Trash Talking My Mom
"Don't talk about my mom." — Sarah Mengoni (South Water Kitchen)
Rudeness Towards Other Customers
Rudeness Towards Other Customers
"Someone being rude to another client; I will never accept that." — Thibault de Lepinay (L’Amant)
Stepping Behind the Bar
Stepping Behind the Bar
"Trying to step behind the bar, I'm a bit territorial." — Cory Fitzsimmons (Angolo SoHo)
Bothering Other Patrons
Bothering Other Patrons
"Bothering other patrons and interfering with their experience. You can't bother people while they're enjoying their night out." — Chris James (The Ryland Inn)
When Someone Doesn't Understand That
When Someone Doesn't Understand That "No Means No"
"The Meat Market Man is the villain in my Bar Story, and the first to be shown the door. I am, myself, not a woman, however I feel confident in speaking for all womanhood that sometimes you just want a damn drink. Remember, gents: if at first you don't succeed, try again! And when that doesn't work, give up. I think that's good advice for life as a whole." — Dan Bronson (The Strand Smokehouse) & (Cresent & Vine)
Being Too Drunk and/or Harassing Others
Being Too Drunk and/or Harassing Others
"Definitely someone that has came into my bar all ready over served. Anyone that thinks it's okay to overstep their boundaries by butting into someone else’s conversation as well. I've seen couples enjoying themselves at dinner and someone drinking alone and then scooting next to them. It's like something out of a bad movie, where someone talks your ear off and then you're the one leaving instead of them. I've also had to tell people to leave the bar for harassing a few ladies before. It's really not that hard to be a gentlemen, just do what your momma taught ya, unless your mom is Darth Vader." —Brian Means (Fifth Floor)
Stealing Ingredients and Tools & Climbing the Fire Escape
Stealing Ingredients and Tools & Climbing the Fire Escape
"Stealing my muddler, bitters, or bar tools off the bar top... and climbing the fire escape (it has happened more than once)." —Kevin Diedrich (Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen)
Being Creepy, Obnoxious, Too Drunk, Etc...
Being Creepy, Obnoxious, Too Drunk, Etc...
"Being creepy. Being obnoxious. Coming in drunk. All pretty self-explanatory really..." —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)