25 Things Bartenders Notice About The Drinks They Serve (and the People Who Drink Them)

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Who doesn’t love a night out at the bar with your friends? We all indulge in a little fun at the local watering holes, but what does your drink of choice say about you?

Bartenders everywhere took to Reddit and answered the question, “What stereotypes do you associate with which drinks?”

Check out what they said below, and see if your favorite drink tells you something you didn’t know!

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Hey, Shirley Temples are a classic!

As a grown man who orders Shirley Temples, I can say the stereotype is usually that I’m joking. I’m not.smallerthings

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Mojitos have a secret!

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I usually order beers, but once I was at a nice bar and ordered a mojito since they just happen to be my favorite in the summer, and I like making them at home. My brother, who worked a bar for a while, told me, “Mojito, eh? Don’t expect it to blow you away.” “Why not?” I’ve had great drinks from this place before, so I trusted them. “Because they’re a pain in the ass to make. I’d expect it to be good enough that nobody would send it back, but not so good that you’d want to order another one.” Lo and behold, it was a very mediocre, good-not-great Mojito! I learned my lesson that day. MagicCuboid

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The purpose of a Long Island iced tea is pretty simple:

Long island iced tea: let’s get messed up, fast.mukkalukka22

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Bartenders do have a bone to pick with LIT-drinkers, though.

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Long Island iced teas rarely get tips and are almost always asked to “make it strong.” It’s nearly an entire cup of liquor, how am I supposed to make it stronger? Di5c0_T

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This bartender has seen it all!

From my experience, if you order a Bud Light/ Miller Light/ Budweiser with a shot of Bourbon or Whisky, you probably work a manual labor intensive job. Most older women want vodka with water/tonic/soda. Younger women tend to order vodka with cranberry or sweeter mixed drinks. Younger men tend to order IPA’s or Craft Beers. I can always tell who just turned 21 due to all the complex sweet shots with fancy names being ordered. Old ladies that want to party usually start with Margaritas. I bartend on the weekends at a shot and beer spot, so I don’t get a lot variety. Modod_ Keep reading to the next page for some amusing reminders not to judge a book by its cover!

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Don’t judge a drink by its colors!

Used to be a bartender in a pub in London. Typical pub, you’re selling a lot of beer, the odd cider or glass of wine. There was a local gangster type that even the other hard bastards in the pub used to be wary of. Friendly enough guy, but definitely not someone anyone wanted to be on the wrong side of. He drank nothing but bright pink Watermelon Bacardi Breezers. Taught me not to judge. Uberman77

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When in New York…

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Ordering Manhattans while in NYC because of the novelty, not knowing that it’s mostly bourbon then saying it’s too strong.acunderthetree

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A sadly self-fulfilling prophecy.

We had a regular who would order a bottle of Bud and a shot of vodka. He’d drink 2 buds per shot, so he didn’t see it as an issue. He was a rep for a liquor company. He lost his job because he was pulled over for drunk driving…in the company car. There was exactly zero surprise from that. thinkimasofa

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These drinks are an automatic red flag!

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Porn Star Martinis: I’m going to be loud and obnoxious all night, and my vomit is going to be neon orange when I’ve drank 5 of these. chlomydia

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The quick choice of students everywhere:

Jagerbombs are ordered by students who just want to get wasted ASAP. Wise3D Next up, a drink that spells difficulty for bartenders everywhere!

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When you’re looking for that island vibe:

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Pina Colada—you care more about flavor than image. Also, want to be in the Caribbean.CodyLeet

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What does this drink say about me?

Cosmo —This person is almost certainly a pain in the ass.thatguyfromnewyork

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The difference between gin and tonic drinkers:

My city has a very fancy (and tbf very good) gin bar in it which stocks around 500 gins and has become a huge destination for hipster tourists and gin-obsessed mums. Used to be people coming to my bar would ask for a gin and tonic. Now people coming to my bar ask what gins we have and make me explain every ingredient and the philosophy behind every damn one before deciding. So the stereotype in my city is you’re either asking about gin which means you’re a tourist/instagram nerd, or you’re complaining about everyone in front of you asking about gin in which case you’re a local.ParadisePatagonia

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Ever try to look classy while you’re having a drink?

Old fashioned: either someone who knows their booze really well, or not at all and they want to look sophisticated. –mukkalukka22

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The weekend getaway drink of choice:

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Appletini: I’m away from the kids for the weekend! mukkalukka22 On the next page, what does your favorite sport have to do with your drinks? One bartender noticed a connection!

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Behold, the ‘whatever’ of drinks!

“I’ll have a lager”: too lazy to look at the taps or you literally don’t care what you drink. Some people think I’m judging lager drinkers; I’m definitely not. In the UK, pubs usually have 5+ unless they’re just a real ale pub, so it’s a really unspecific order. DANIELG360

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This bartender is specifically accustomed to sports fans.

I have bartended for more than 15yrs, and honestly, the biggest correlation I’ve experienced is with sports fans. Here, baseball fans = Beers, low maintenance, minimal tips. Football fans = Double whiskey 7s at 9 am, as fast as possible, decent tips as its pure volume and turnover. Soccer fans = Moscow mules, kamikazes, anything with 3 or more ingredients, unless it’s a shot of expensive tequila. High maintenance customers, but good tips. I realize this isn’t universal, but it goes with the fans and teams in my city.sneekiepee

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I know what I want!

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White Russian: “No, I don’t want coffee”midasvictim

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Do you have a palate?

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IPA: I think I have a developed palatemidasvictim

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Hardcore cocktails for the win!

Margarita: I want a cocktail, but I don’t. –midasvictim Next up, drinks that say everything from ‘I’m an old hat at this’ to ‘I’m free of obligations for the next two weeks!’

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How are you feeling?

Bourbon shot: It’s been a rough day. –midasvictim

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For when your schedule is pretty clear:

Tequila shot: I don’t work tomorrowmidasvictim

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This drink is for the pros.

Vodka on the rocks: someone who has been drinking long enough to enjoy the nasty burn of watered-down vodka with no mixer. mukkalukka22

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Well, I want vodka, but…

Lemon Drop: I only care about the Vodka when I know what it is.midasvictim

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Last, but not least: bartenders may primarily serve alcohol, but they’re pretty cool to people who aren’t drinking.

I usually go up to the bartender and order “a coke but make it look like an alcoholic drink.” I don’t drink! Bartenders usually understand my plight. Thank you for letting me fit in! –iamthelouie Share this post with a friend, and remember, always drink responsibly!

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