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More Bartender Questions

PontiusPalate | | Aug 4, 2013 02:59 PM


I have a few more questions for the bartenders. These questions fall under two categories: (1) Social Media (2) Cutting Off A Customer.

I read an article once which said: "Bartenders are not your friends." But Is it ever appropriate for a customer to ask a bartender to be his or her Facebook friend? Is it ever appropriate for a bartender to accept a Facebook friendship request from a customer? Would this fall in the category of crossing a professional boundary? Are bartenders ever discouraged by their management from doing so? If you are a bartender, do you ever accept Facebook friendship invitations from your customers?

As a bartender, do you have any specific drink limit criteria for determining when it is definitely time for cut off a customer? I know this question doesn't even have to be answered for a customer who has become sloppy drunk and who is being an unpleasant presence for the other customers. But what about the customers who seem to be able to drink one after the other and not show it, in spite of how drunk you know they truly are? About ten years ago, for example, I managed to order and drink five martinis at one particular bar, before the bartender tactfully suggested that I should probably call it quits. Would you ever let a customer order five martinis? By the way, I never did this again. My limit is now two martinis.

Okay, those are my questions.

I would be interested in any comments you may have.

All The Best,


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