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Question About Bartender Behavior

PontiusPalate | Aug 1, 2013 08:05 PM

Greetings:

About two months ago I returned to the local restaurant and bar scene after an absence of nearly five years. During this time I have catching up on the latest culinary trends in my area. Since my return, however, I have noticed something curious about the practice of the bar staff at one particular restaurant and pub.

Wherever I dine, I always like to eat at the bar and enjoy two martinis with my meal. Everything went fine during my first three visits to this particular restaurant. The food was good and the martinis were well made.

During my last two visits, however, I noticed something which strikes me as a bit odd. My first martini was served in a classic martini glass. But my second martini was served in what appeared to be a smaller martini glass with an entirely different shape.

This did not happen during my first three visits, during which my second martini was served in the same sized martini glass as the first. This has only happened during my last two visits, and by two different bartenders, I might add.

I didn't say anything, although I know I should have. But this change of behavior makes me wonder if I was being "profiled" to see how I would react to the different martini glass for my second martini.

Due to the smaller volume of the second martini glass, this makes me further wonder if this was a ploy to get me to order a third martini. Sure enough, during both of these two recent visits, I was asked if I wanted a third martini. I declined. I felt like I was being manipulated.

I was not asked if I wanted a third martini during my first three visits when my second martini was served in the same sized glass as my first. This only started to happen during my last two visits.

When this happened the first time, I attributed it to the possibility that they ran out of standard sized martini glasses. But when it happened the second time, I began to get suspicious. By the way, I have been to some bars where they pour your second martini in the same glass as the first. So a possible glass shortage is no excuse.

Since my return to dining out, none of the other bars and restaurants I have visited have engaged in this practice. Only this one.

Am I being a little paranoid about my suspicions above? Or is this a behavior that is actually practiced by some bartenders? Just curious. Once again, I had been away from the restaurant and bar scene for almost five years.

All The Best,

PP

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