This is intended for customers…
Many folks, quite often, aren’t sure what they’d like to drink when they walk in. That’s fine. If the place has one, ask for a drink menu and/or scan the back bar’s inventory. When you’re ready, make eye contact with the bartender and state your order.
If you’re with a party of 2, 3, 4 or so, DO NOT order until you have all decided what you’d like. If not, you make the bartender’s life miserable; particularly if the bar is busy and he/she has to make something time consuming one after the other rather than making them all at once (2 Mojitos and 2 Pina Coladas for example).
Well, well. Boozing staff – a huge concern of owners – second only to theft, which I’ll cover later. Look, on the job, every bartender drinks or has drunk – period. In some places I’ve worked, drinking on the job is encouraged. In others, it’s banned outright. Yet still in others, it’s somewhere in the middle – tolerated . Regardless of the owner’s policy, I assure you the bartender will at some point be drinking – guaranteed. It’s pretty much part of the job description. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a big fat liar or just plain ignorant. I’ve worked with militant management/owners that fire anyone they catch. They even apply this policy to having a shot with a big-spending regular that has requested as much. That’s the most ludicrous reaction I’ve ever witnessed! What’s the point? The bartender is there to serve and please the customer – keep him/her happy, drinking, eating, out of danger, entertained and coming back to spend more money. I don’t know where these out-of-touch managerial folks come from that believe otherwise, but where I come from, declining drink offers is an insult.