4 Ways to Avoid Being ‘That Guy’ at the Bar

No one wants to be that guy

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Don’t be the rude one at the bar. 

When you go out with friends to a bar, one of two things can happen: you get a little tipsy, enjoy each other’s company, and have a lovely evening, or you have a few too many, get in a fight with the bartender, and cause a scene.

We all do silly things when we’ve had a few. Nevertheless, drinking too much isn’t a good enough excuse to be rude to a bartender. Besides, they’re the ones serving up the good stuff! We always want to treat them with the utmost respect.

The tough thing is, not everyone turns into “that guy” when they’ve been drinking; however, some of us are being rude to the bartender and we don’t even realize it.

What is considered “rude” at a bar? What are some things that you should never do?

Here are three main tips that will help you avoid being rude at a bar. Now ask yourself: Have you ever been “that guy?”

Waving Money to Get Attention

Think about how you would feel if every time someone wanted to get your attention, they waved money in your face. Doesn’t sound like the best way to get your attention, does it? Trust us: She sees you, and she’ll get to you. She’s just busy.

Ordering the Wrong Drink at the Wrong Bar

If you’re at a beer garden, it may be wise to steer clear from the martini menu. Though this doesn’t always apply, most bars that specialize in a specific type of drink aren’t used to serving the exact opposite. If you’re looking for a plethora of drink choices, it may be wise to steer clear of these types of bars.

Asking for Free Drinks

If the bartender wants to give you something for free, he will. If he doesn’t want to, he doesn’t have to. No matter how much money you spend, technically, the only thing a bartender owes you is what you ordered.

Leaving a Bad Tip


This especially applies if you’ve purchased a large amount of drinks. Everyone knows the rule of thumb is 20 percent, but that’s as low as you should go. It never hurts to give a little more, especially if you’ve gotten special service of any kind.