10 Dirtiest Things Behind Every Bar

These are the dirtiest things behind every bar, and we’re not talking about martinis

Lemon/Lime Wedges and Other Fruit

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Most restaurant/bar establishments, unfortunately, do not wash the fruit. To make matters even worse, most bartenders use their bare hands to grab these garnishes; even the containers on the bar rarely get a cleaning. 

Rims of Glasses

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Who stores glasses upside down? Many bars do to save space, and they stack them on an infrequently washed/sanitized surface. BYOG.

Ice Machine

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Sadly, this crucial component to enjoying a nice beverage is one of the dirtiest. A famed study by a middle schooler found that ice was dirtier than the toilet water at the same establishments 70% of the time. Though freezing temperatures kills bacteria, that statistic is still hard to swallow.   

Bar Sink

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Usually filled with sudsy water that is used to quickly rinse utensils and barware, the sink rarely gets cleaned/disinfected throughout the shift. 

Register/Touch Screen

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It’s common knowledge that cash, cards, pens, and check holders are dirty; add to that the register and touch screen that bartenders use during ordering/transactions without washing their hands afterwards.

Dry Mats

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They may be used after cleaning utensils, but dry mats are anything but pristine, allowing for the reintroduction of germs to whatever it comes into contact with.

Soda Machines

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It’s been proven that soda machines, including the dispensers, bags of syrup, and even the tubes carrying the liquids, are a hot bed for bacteria as they often go for long periods of time (we’re talking years) without being cleaned.

Towels

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Hanging out of bartenders’ pockets, or tossed on the counters waiting to pick up any drips and spills, it’s a guarantee that the quicker picker upper behind the bar hasn’t been used just once, which allows it to spread all sorts of unwanted stuff wherever they wipe.

Alcohol Bottles

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Those bottles of liquor many look gorgeous, all lined up and lit beautifully; however, they are actually sitting behind the bar collecting dust and grime. 

Tap Beer

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Rarely cleaned or covered, the beer taps have been proven to contain more bacteria, and even mold in some cases, than the bottled brews.