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Old 09-12-2014, 12:43 PM
 
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I have a group of friends. We like to go out on the weekends. We like getting tipsy but not rip roaring drunk. We're not obnoxious, not too demanding and we try to tip well. We mostly stick to the Montrose area but occasionally we hit up a downtown place. Some are just bars, a few clubs, etc.

The problem is that most bartenders tend to be... rude. We heard about one place that was supposed to be a great spot and have been several times but John the bartender has treated us like lepers, ignoring us and other people and generally acting hostile. We liked a similar but same issue... I have asked for a drink and have gotten back "attitude", like, "NO. We DON'T have the stuff to make that. STOP", when I've just asked politely once. That or they just act snotty and are generally rude. This attitude is pretty prevalent in a lot of bars we've been to.

Originally this post was filled with the names of bars but apparently name dropping isn't allowed... Boo.

Anyway, any bar recommendations? Are all Houston bartenders awful? We're just looking for a new bar. We've been to dozens but so many bartenders are awful and anti-social, which is weird.
If you are being treated badly by multiple bartenders at multiple bars...chances are the problem is you....not the bartender.
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:18 PM
 
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could be your group of friends too.
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Old 09-12-2014, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Some bartenders have a chip on their shoulder, just like some food servers and service people in general. I tip accordingly. The vast majority do their job well though, and while taking a lot of crap from drunken, entitled idiots (depending on the establishment).
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Louisiana and Pennsylvania
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I can see why some are, especially if the place is constantly busy. I worked in a bar at one time but not behind it (security, barbacking). Dealing with loud, rude, entitled and unruly patrons, taking multiple drink orders from servers and getting crap from the manager/owner, I would probably be a jerk too. It's a tough job and I wouldn't do it. What sucked at this particular place I worked at was that if a "prominent" member of the community got drunk and cut up, he/she was never asked to leave.

Plus, these guys and gals are working for tips, so every drink counts. Basically whenever I go out, I treat people with respect and even if the bartender initially comes off as a jerk, I have an understanding of what he/she is dealing with and it all ends up good, and with a decent tip.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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A bartender being rude is a really excellent strategy if the goal is not getting tips. At least from me.
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Old 09-15-2014, 12:36 PM
 
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be your own bartender, drink at home and invite friends

problem solved
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Lightbulb Rude bartenders?

You just have to know how to ask for a drink in a friendly, polite manner is all. Like Bob and Kevin.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN0iLJanD30
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:18 AM
 
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Most bartenders I have dealt with have been super cool. When happy hour is up, many have been willing to "stack" 5 or 6 beers for us so we can get that happy hour price.
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:24 PM
 
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Perhaps you're too tipsy that you don't realize that you are too "nice" when asking for a drink, and that's why you get the attitude.
What? You think someone being nice will cause a bartender to be rude?
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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If I get a rude bartender, I give a 5 to 25 cent tip so they know I purposefully did it and didn't just forget to leave one.
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