Even if you’re solid on your drinks choice, one judgy look from a bartender can have you questioning every life decision you’ve ever made.
I mean, realistically, they probably couldn’t care any less about what we’ve ordered.
But we care, we trust them, we respect them. So if a bartender is saying there’s something they would never order, we’re listening.
A bar manager from Santa Monica, California claims he’d never order ‘draught beer at a dive bar’.
If you’re also partial to a quick pint after a late night at work during the week, strap in.
Daniel Yeom told Huffington Post you can’t know ‘the last time the draught system got cleaned’.
He explained: "It can be really nasty in there with fruit flies and gunk."
Gross. So if you’re a little sus of your local’s cleaning practices, it’s probably just worth sticking to a bottle of beer rather than a good old pint.
I mean, Yeom advises to avoid most of your staple drinks if you’re at a dive bar anyway.
The bartender says he will: “Never order a glass of wine, or anything other than a gin and tonic, whiskey and Coke, or a beer in a bottle at a dive bar.”
He explained: “I don’t know how long that wine’s been open, and the chances of whatever bottle has been sitting behind the bar making me happy is pretty close to zero.”
One a bottle of wine is open, the flavour starts to degrade pretty much immediately - so it’s possibly you would be ordering a rank glass.
In an arguably understandable piece of advice, another bartender recommends avoiding ordering a Guinness on a busy night.
Jack Tynan, who works a a brewery in Brooklyn, said: “I wouldn’t get a Guinness at a busy dive bar, because it takes about a week to 10 days to pour the dang thing.
“I’ll sit in a nice quiet pub and get a Guinness because they’ll take the time and do it right.”
As many of us, unfortunately, know all too well.
And if you’re more of a cocktail kinda person, turns out there’s one specifically bartenders ‘never order’.
Lauren Lenihan, who works in New York City, said of Long Island Ice Teas: “I personally don’t mind making them, but there are a TON of bartenders that refuse to make them, let alone drink them.”
Well I’ll just have a bottle of Corona then please. Or maybe just a water?Featured Image Credit: DANIEL LEAL/AFP/Getty Images/Getty Stock Images