Gallery: Ask a Bartender: What Bartender Behavior Drives You Crazy?

Eye Contact
Eye Contact
"Bartenders who don't look up. I understand you are buried. I also understand that eye contact and a nod mean that you have seen me. Also, stop complaining about your workplace at your workplace." — Jan Henrichsen (Found)
Don't Criticize Orders
Don't Criticize Orders
"The bartender behavior that makes me crazy is giving people flak about what they ordered. I’m never going to go out and ask for a Scooby snack or French martini but if I can make it, I will—it's not like I have to drink it. There are a few exceptions to this… mainly with the things we chose not to carry, like energy drinks, but that's just because those things will kill you." — Allison Webber (Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen)
A Long List
A Long List
"Lots of little things, like texting behind the bar, or touching the lip of a glass, or being overly concerned for the cocktail and underly concerned for the guest, or lazy shakes, or lack of knowledge for the product on the shelf..." —Mike Ryan (Sable)
Not Planning Ahead
Not Planning Ahead
"Inefficiency drives me insane. When a bartender exhibits a lack of foresight in building rounds of drinks, ie. touching the same bottle twice, backtracking, or only using one hand, I get itchy. Multi-tasking is key." — John Henderson (Scholars, Tavern Road)
It's Not Your Good Time
It's Not Your Good Time
"When bartenders are more worried about having a good time themselves rather than taking care of their patrons. Guests really don’t want to see their bartender enjoying a shot while their cup is empty… Bad form." — Antoine Nixon (Bocanova)
Fancy Shaking Techniques
Fancy Shaking Techniques
"Please for the love of God stop with the stupid shaking techniques. If I've got to watch one more punk ass bartender doing a 'railroad' I'm going to shoot someone. I'm tired of the pomp and circumstance. Just shake it for Pete's sake." — George Costa (Pub & Kitchen)
Get Your Speed Up!
Get Your Speed Up!
"When they don't seem to care that it's busy. Let’s see some hustle!" — Dan Andruss (312 Chicago)
All About Attitude
All About Attitude
"My biggest pet peeve is when a bartender has an elitist attitude. I'm happy to spend money on great drinks and service, but don't make me feel like I'm bothering you by being there. If you can't have fun doing this job, you should find a another one." — Ryan Hill (Sirena)
It's Not YOUR Drink
It's Not YOUR Drink
"Bartenders who don't get that they are not the ones drinking the drinks and have some sort of issue with their own attitude really grind my gears. If a guest wants a Mojito, make the thing as well as you can and leave your ego out of it. Not everyone aspires to read all the books ever written about cocktails, many people simply want to have a good time—accommodate them. Also, muddling the hell out of mint. What did that mint ever do to you to deserve that kind of treatment?" — Elizabeth Powell (Liberty Bar)
Not Being Acknowleged
Not Being Acknowleged
"Not being acknowledged after being at the bar for more than 5 minutes makes me go nuts." — Miri Kolici (Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel)
Slow Bartenders
Slow Bartenders
"We all have the ability to work efficiently and swiftly and I cannot stand a bartender who sees about 9 guests in front of them, and 3 service tickets, and still moves at the pace of a snail." — Pamela Wiznitzer (Dead Rabbit)
Pretension
Pretension
"You're here to serve. If I ask about your bitters or order a Cosmo for the lady and a High Life and tequila don't look at me strange." — Alex Straus (Bon Vivants)
Negative Attitude
Negative Attitude
"I never understood why one would have a bad attitude behind the bar—you work with people, in a fun place and you get to earn every dollar you make by pleasing people. It’s exciting." — Joseph O'Connor (Big Night Entertainment Group)
Rudeness
Rudeness
"Rude or cocky bartenders. Bartending can be tough work, and yes, you need skills, but people take it too seriously sometimes. The bar is supposed to be a fun place to relax, I don't like feeling as if I need to be in the 'cool kids' club' to get my order in." — Ellie Bobrowski (The Mortimer at Hotel Adagio)
Seeing My Glass Empty
Seeing My Glass Empty
"Watching a bartender walk past me several times with an empty glass (when they're not busy), knowing my drink is empty and not checking in with me. I just feel ignored." — Brian Means (Fifth Floor)
'Can I get you change?'
'Can I get you change?'
"My biggest pet peeve in service, let alone just at a bar, is when people ask you upon paying your bill, 'Can I get you change?' I was always taught to never assume the tip—in fact, a step further; upon cleaning up after a guest, I was taught to always collect money last. It shows you are more concerned about service. Asking if someone needs change is just a brute way of asking, 'Did you leave me a tip?' And if you have to ask, you probably do not deserve one." — Justin Fairweather (Evelyn Drinkery)
Unfriendliness
Unfriendliness
"It has almost become cool to not be friendly behind a bar in some spots. We are in the service industry and people pay good money to come out and have the best experience they can. I see no reason to not be friendly. We are, after all, selling delicious beer, wine, and of course cocktails—what could be more fun?" — Ryan Fenton (Pennsylvania 6)
iPhones and Sticky Bars
iPhones and Sticky Bars
"I dislike iPhones and bartenders texting. I’m also very uptight and like a clean bar to rest my elbows on—nothing sticky." — Johnny Swet (JIMMY at The James, et al.)