Slideshow: Ask a Bartender: 'I Shouldn't Have Given Them That Last Drink'

Where's My Food?
Where's My Food?
"The time I had a guest dining who enjoyed her entire dining experience, then after clearing her plate she proceeded to tell me how hungry she was and inquired if she was ever going to get her food... This continued until she enjoyed her cab ride home." — Lauren Festa (FT33)
Wrestle
Wrestle
Most of the time, the "last one" stories involve my pals in the industry; but there was this one time after the "last one", a pair of fellows decided to wrestle outside and one of the gentlemen managed to break a finger. If I remember correctly, there was also a rib injury." — Elizabeth Powell (Liberty Bar)
Candle Crusher
Candle Crusher
"I had a 3-top pounding some fantastic wine, and decided that the 4th bottle was a prudent decision (life lesson: it rarely is). As the liquid love was pumping through their systems, the young woman on the far side of the table stood up to hug her friend, falling directly on the table and smashing the candle beneath her. It was a fright until she stood up yelling "I might have internal injuries!"... then it was just entertaining." — Dan Bronson (The Strand Smokehouse & Crescent & Vine)
Salad Fork Slasher
Salad Fork Slasher
"I remember working in a bar when I was 21 and was still a naive bartender who had no clue about overserving. I served this girl one last "apple" martini and it was over from there. She apparently didn't like one of the girls standing behind her so she thought it would be a great idea to grab a salad fork and try to stab her. In the midst of their wrestling match in the middle of the walkway, they ended up trampling a 9 year old boy... and it was his birthday too." —Brian Means (Fifth Floor)
Mom's Christmas Overshare
Mom's Christmas Overshare
"There was that one Christmas when I made Mom one too many Manhattans. Let's just say I never had known, nor have ever wanted to know that much about my parents." — George Costa (Pub & Kitchen)
Ball Player Prayer Circle
Ball Player Prayer Circle
"Most of those are 'I Probably Shouldn't Have Given Them That First Drink' stories. I once had a former member of the Lakers buy a ton of big, beautiful, expensive cabs and then he got me to participate in a prayer circle that was a little intense..." Lauren Lathrop Williams (Jsix Restaurant)
Eye on the Ball
Eye on the Ball
"When I worked in clubs it was just turn and burn. I once gave this guy, who I thought had one more in him, a shot of Grand Marnier. He tried to shoot it, but threw the shot into his eyes instead of his mouth. Definitely not the right place to put a shot." —Kevin Diedrich (Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen)
Bartop Barfer
Bartop Barfer
"I try not to have too many of these.  It would have to be the girl who threw up all over the bar following a flight of bourbons. It was the volume that got me...I could go into more detail here, but I feel like that's enough." — Phoebe Esmon ( Emmanuelle in Northern Liberties )
LOLed Too Hard
LOLed Too Hard
"Peed themselves all the way down the marble stairs, giggling." — Christian Gaal ( Emmanuelle in Northern Liberties )
Wedding Party Madness
Wedding Party Madness
"We’re pretty good about cutting people off; on Fridays and Saturdays we are especially cautious. Wedding parties, however, can catch us off guard if we miss that one guy who’s been doing shots since noon. We had a member of the wedding party in his tux order some cocktails, and although he was a little tipsy we felt he could handle one. Unfortunately he was ordering three for himself, and we had to peel him off the bathroom floor about an hour later. I hope he got his deposit back on the tux but I’m guessing not." — Mike Ryan (Sable)
Post-Shift Skinny Dipping
Post-Shift Skinny Dipping
"I bartended in Maui for many years, and it was somewhat of a tradition to head to the beach after work with many of the guests and friends. And yes, there was probably a few times when I should have said no to that last margarita, which inevitably led to someone dropping all their clothes and hitting the moonlit waves…. Fun, yes! Smart? No!" — Kirsten Schopen (The Broadmoor )
Dream Overdose
Dream Overdose
"I never over-serve anyone. However, I think I had a 'dream' once that a guy asked for one last shot of mezcal. He shot it, got very wide eyed and got sick in an empty pint glass 3 seconds after..." — Brandon Toborg (Saltbox)