Happy Thursday folks! Hang in there just a few more weeks because summer is just around the corner. Summer is my favorite time of the year because it allows for reconnection. People seem to have more free time, they take a little extra time off from work to enjoy the nice weather and reconnect with friends. Restaurants and bars become busier, sidewalks are a little more crowded, and a few more cars fill the streets. The world becomes completely alive once again- it’s a great feeling.
I don’t know about you, but in the summer I feel like hitting the night scene a little bit more (I will admit it, in the winter I’m usually a bump on my couch). But going out to bars and dance clubs isn’t always a pleasant experience. I often ask myself, “Why am I here again?” Some people don’t know how to act appropriately in public- they are inconsiderate, rude, and totally oblivious. The bar is the perfect recipe for disaster. Mix alcohol with poor manners and well… you know what you get.
Fortunately, the bar scene doesn’t need to be disaster zone. There are many quick fixes that every bar-goer can do to make everyone’s life easier. The next time you hit the bars with your friends try to follow the suggestions below, couch potatoes everywhere will thank you:
*Always have your ID ready when you enter a club/bar or approach a bartender. Don’t assume that they aren’t going to card you, having to fumble through your purse/wallet for your ID wastes unnecessary time. Also, it is a good idea to have your credit card/cash ready as well.
*Be polite/patient while getting the bartenders attention. Even if it doesn’t feel like it, the bartender knows you’re there (they are trained to handle large crowds), there is no need to wave your hands franticly and shout “Hey you!” Your turn will come, I promise.
*Know what you want to drink before the bartender gets to you, don’t waste his/her time with your indecisiveness. If you are ordering more than one drink at a time, order all your drinks at once. Don’t wait for the bartender to come back with your first drink then tell him/her you want another one too.
*Drink with the atmosphere. If the bar is really busy you should probably stick with a simple drink so the bartender can help as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
*When ordering your drink, put down the cell phone. In fact, put down the cell phone period. You probably can’t hear the person on the other side anyways.
*Don’t leave your drink unattended on the bar or table. Not only is this a good practice for women to follow for obvious reasons but if bar hops or waitresses see a drink sitting by itself they are most likely going to spill it out and throw it away to clear the space for someone else.
*It’s really important to know your limits- don’t embarrass yourself (it’s NEVER worth it).
*Don’t stay at the bar beyond closing time. Just because you are having a good time, the wait staff/bartenders really want to go home- they deserve it. As closing time draws near, promptly pay your bill and start heading home.
*If you don’t open a tab, tip the bartender after every drink. If you did open a tab, leave a 15-20% tip at the end of the night.
*Try to leave your table/bar area as clean as possible. If you were the one that had to clean it, you would appreciate the effort.
*I really wish I didn’t have to say this one but please don’t drink and drive. Arrange for a friend to be the designated driver before you get to the bar. If you find that all your friends have had too much to drink just call a cab (you should always keep your local cab company’s number in your cell phone). Your life is worth the little extra cash it costs for a safe ride home.
Now go ahead, live life, have a little fun, and practice your ‘lipstick confidence’!
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