For those of us suffering in the brutal northeast, spring has finally sprung. But, even if you’re lucky enough to enjoy beautiful weather all year round, we’re sure you can appreciate the arrival of spring and summer beers.

 

spring summer beer trends

 

Gone are the bitter stouts and porters of winter to make way for sessionable ales and refreshing lagers. Read on for some trends you’re sure to see this year and some fine examples of each.

 

New England India Pale Ales

 

spring summer beer trends

Unless you’ve never seen the inside of a bar before, you’ve probably heard of IPAs: the hoppy, bitter brew that’s been dominating the craft beer world for the last 15 plus years. However, there’s a slightly new style entering the field: The New England IPA, the regular ole’ IPA’s unfiltered cousin. These brews are packed with hops and are even hazier and fruitier than their predecessors, while actually being less bitter. A classic New England IPA is the Heady Topper from Alchemist Beer in Stowe, Vermont. Another popular example is the Vicinity Double IPA from Trillium Brewing Co. in Boston, Mass.

 

 

Easy Drinkin’ Lagers and Pilsners

 

spring summer beer trends

Everyone loves a super fruity IPA or aggressively flavored cider now and again. But there’s something to be said for the simple. Lagers and Pilsners tend to fall by the wayside in conversations about craft beer. Yet, they remain staples that seasoned drinkers love. The difference between lagers and ales all has to do with the strain of yeast used. The yeast used in brewing lagers ferments on the bottom of the tank and produces a clean, crisp brew. A pilsner is a type of lager first created in Plzen, Bohemia (what is now the Czech Republic) in the 19th Century when a huge batch of beer went bad. Enter Josef Groll from Bavaria who added hops to the spoiled batch and created the pilsner!

A beautiful example of a clean yet flavorful lager is the Lager of the Lakes from Bell’s Brewing in Kalamazoo, MI. If you’re looking for a craft pilsner, try out the Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado.

 

 

A Renewed Appreciation for Lambics

 

spring summer beer trends

Unlike the specifically chosen yeast strains used to produce most beers, lambics are fermented in the open allowing wild bacteria to get right in there! The end product is pretty sour but is often cut with the natural sweetness from added fruits. A traditional lambic hails from Belgium; like the Lindemans Framboise. In the United States, this style of beer is generally referred to as an American Wild Ale. Try out the Cable Car Ale from Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA or The Broken Truck from de Garde Brewing in Tillamook, Oregon.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what your favorite spring beers are in the comments!

 

 

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Cinco de Mayo is almost here. If you don't speak Spanish, Cinco de Mayo translates to the fifth of May, which is just around the corner. Although Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, the party seems to be even bigger over here in the U.S.


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You know what's better than celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Celebrating it in a packed bar! If you're looking for some great promotions your bar patrons will love, here are 5 ways to get this fiesta started!



  1. Crazy Drink Specials

 

It’s not called Cinco de Drinko for nothing. Instead of going with the usual Strawberry Margaritas and Tequila shots, why not offer your guests a little something different?

Get creative and serve up with some new Mexican-inspired drinks (Tamarind Margaritas or Horchata Cocktails) that your customers will be excited to try. If you can create a signature beverage that only your bar offers, you'll have a winner!

 



  1. Cinco de Mayo Challenge

 

Host a challenge that takes place on the patio or at the bar. Create an awesome prize for the winners, such as a weekend beach getaway to the Bahamas. You can also do small giveaways, such as t-shirts, for everyone who comes to the bar.

A hot sauce contest or trivia contest is a great way to get the crowd going. Everyone will be sure to bring their friends along. You'll also be able to keep people in the bar longer.



  1. Spread the Word and Get a Reward

 

Use BOTY App to hype up your celebration. Offer your fans an exclusive deal for spreading the word. You can give your customers a 10% discount, BOTY Points, offer a free drink for checking-in or entries to win the grand prize for the giveaway that you're hosting.



  1. Celebrate All Weekend Long

 

This year, we're in luck because Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday. That means that you can actually keep the party going all weekend long. To keep people coming back for more, make sure that you offer different promotions for each night.

Start Friday off right by bringing in a local mariachi band to serenade your guests. Then make Saturday night into a crazy dance party.

 



  1. Complimentary Tequila Tasting

 

Every hour on the hour from 7-10 p.m., offer a new brand of tequila for your customers to taste. Have servers bring around trays of shots for people to try so that they don't have to mob the bar area. Some ideas for tequilas that you can serve include Patron, Espolon, and Casamigos.

 

cinco de mayo 2018

 

Regardless of what kind of crowd your bar attracts, remember that the goal is to have fun! So don't be afraid to get creative with your promotions this year so that you’ll give everyone something to look forward to.

 

 

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Have you ever hit on a man at the bar? The thought has probably crossed your mind but you were probably unsure how to do it without looking like a total loser.


girls flirt bar


Most guys say that they like it when women come up to them first, but yet not too many women actually do it.

So how can you flirt with a guy at a bar without making him think you’re a crazy weirdo?  

Try these tips next time you’re out and report back. And also check out the guy's version and give us your thoughts. 

 


Wave Him Over

 

If you see a cute guy who's eyeing you while you're eyeing him back, just wave him over. You’ll get the points for making the first move without revoking his man card.

This makes it seem like he’s making the first move even though you helped as well. That way, you won’t look overly aggressive and you can start a conversation once he comes over.

 

 


Ask Him to Take a Pic of You and Your Girls

 

This tactic is sneaky, but totally effective. Go ask the guy you like to take a picture of you and your friends. It is an easy way to start a conversation without making it obvious that you’re interested.

Once he snaps the picture, thank him and then start a chat. A simple 'How are you?’ should do and then he’ll probably take it from there if he’s interested.

 


Don't Use Lines

 

If cheesy lines don’t work on girls, they absolutely don’t work on guys! The best way to make yourself look thirsty AF is to go up to a guy and use some line that sounds like it came straight out of a pick up artist guide.

If you’re not sure what to say, just ask normal questions like ‘Where are you originally from?’ or ‘Who are you here with?’

 


Don’t Beg for Attention

 

If a guy is acting like he’s too cool to talk to you, leave him alone. He’s not interested, at least for right now. Following him around the bar will probably just get you labeled as a stalker and probably thrown out by security.

Instead, go back to whatever you were doing and you might be pleasantly surprised later when he makes an attempt to get your attention. Score! You win!

 

 


Keep It Light

 

The fastest way to creep a guy out is by sharing too much information too soon. Let him lead the conversation. There is no reason to share the details of your doctor’s appointment earlier simply because you can’t think of anything to talk about.

Above all look good and smell good (guys tend to care about that). If you see any of your friends failing at flirting, have a talk with them and show them this article.

 

 

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A badass bartender has to have many qualities. They save people after having a horrible day of work with their favorite cocktail and some light banter. At the same time, they have to keep their eyes on the person in the corner who has had a bit too much to drink.


badass bartender

 

So how do you become a badass bartender? Just turn yourself into Superman (or Wonder Woman).

 

 

 

 

Yeah, right! Well, since that's not going to happen, here are some real tips to help you improve your bartending skills.

 

Anticipate

 

Being a badass bartender means that you're always two steps ahead.  You’ll need to pay attention to your customers so you can anticipate who needs a refill soon. You also need to prepare for the big dinner crowd that will arrive around 6 or 7 p.m.

One of the most important things you can do as a badass bartender, is make drinks quickly and accurately. If you stay on top of your drink orders, it keeps the manager off your back and your customers happy.

 

 

Have Charm

 

Badass bartenders are everything pickup artists wish they could be. They're charming and know exactly what to say (without being jerks). The have good manners and being this way will earn you a great deal of respect (and... some big tips).

Becoming a badass bartender means that you know how to talk to people. You’ll also need to learn how to deal with many different personalities since you’ll meet all types of customers.

Pro tip: Treat every customer like an old friend even if you’ve never met them before.

Make sure that you introduce yourself to new customers and ask their names. Remember them so that you can start to call them by name every time they come in.

 

Keep It Positive

 

Become the person that motivates the team. No one wants to work with someone who's always in a bad mood. Being positive will also make your customers feel better and keep coming back.

 

Look the Part

 

Dress in a way that suits your bar where it’s casual rocker gear or Brooklyn dapper style. Make sure that no matter what you're wearing, your clothes are always clean. No one likes having drinks poured by a sweaty, stinky mess.

 

 

Come Up With a Gimmick

 

Flair bartending doesn't have to involve juggling bottles of alcohol. In fact, it's much easier and at lot safer for your customers to keep things low-key.

However, if you want to become the celebrity bartender at your bar, come up with a joke that you always tell or a trick. Some popular tricks that you can practice include: The Tin Roll or The Hinge Cut. Do them every now and then to wow your customers.

That's all there really is to it. As you work to improve your craft and stay focused on providing excellent service, you'll earn your rep as a badass bartender.

 

badass bartender

 

 

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Ok everyone, let’s talk about long shifts. Doubles, 20-hour marathon sessions during ‘music weeks’, and the dreaded “clopen”. Why do we do this to ourselves? And why do bars and restaurants encourage it?

 

culture long bartender shifts

 

A Culture of Work

 

It can’t be denied, the hospitality industry is a work-to-the-bone, never say no, go ‘til you drop world. We pride ourselves on being able to make it through incredibly long shifts because the payoff is cash. In the bar environment, we’re often encouraged to work ourselves to the point of exhaustion. This mentality is simply accepted as ‘the way it is’ and rarely questioned. However, there’s often no place for us to turn when we get sick, injured, or forced to work shifts that border on inhumane. It’s important to ask the question, “Are we truly signing up for this willingly or are we being forced by a philosophy that mainly benefits our bosses?”

 

 

Why Is It Like This?

 

Bartending is becoming more and more respected. As time goes on, it has earned appreciation for the art that it is. However, we are still shackled by a history of mistreatment. In many states, tipped employees are exempt from minimum wage. This means that employers can get away with paying us a fraction of what others receive. A lot of times this is fine because we make bank in tips. However, it subtly classifies us as less-than and makes us a largely disposable workforce. Restaurant employees almost never have health insurance or an HR department to turn to when we need help. There’s no 401K savings plan to help us prepare for the future and any overtime pay is negligible. Because of all this, the opportunity to put a grand in the bank after one shift is too tempting to pass up, regardless of the consequences.

Don’t get me wrong, hospitality employees can make great money. But we’re missing the support that the majority of the modern workforce receives. All of these reasons combine to create a culture that encourages and rewards behavior that is sometimes dangerous.

 

The Consequences

 

While you may be totally willing and able to work for 20 hours straight, that doesn’t make it good for you. Many bartenders experience joint problems from standing and shaking cocktails, exhaustion from lack of sleep, and long term issues that we rarely address because we don’t have insurance. Not to mention, it’s hard to plan your life when you may not know when and for how long you’ll be working.

 

How to Mitigate the Consequences 

 

Since we all know you’re going to work that crazy shift anyways, here are some tips for staying happy and healthy.

 

Know Your Rights

 

Look up the local labor laws in your area. Chances are, you’re entitled to some sort of break. If you are denied what is your legal right, report it to your state’s Department of Labor.

 

Stay Hydrated and Eat Healthy

 

If you really can’t take a break, make sure you stay hydrated and eat. Bring snacks from home or scarf something down in the kitchen but don’t go without food. 

 

Sleep as Much as You Can

 

Try to get us much sleep as possible the night before and go right home after your shift. We know it’s tempting to hit the bars but the more rest you get, the less likely you are to burn out and literally collapse from exhaustion.

 

 

 Ask for What You Need

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for the support you need. If you need to use the restroom, don’t hold it and risk a bladder infection. If you’re hungry, ask the manager to get you some food. Again, if you’re being mistreated, REPORT IT.

We want to hear about your experience with long shifts. Why do you do them and what tips do you have to make them bearable?

 

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So you just turned 21. Well you don't want to go into a college bar and order a drink that will make you look foolish.


order drinks college student

These are the years to have fun and learn all about drinking 101 before you enter the 'real' adult world. How and what you order will let others know a lot about you so choose wisely.

 

Get a Beer

 

College students are big beer drinkers. For one, beer is typically cheaper than most cocktails. Craft beers and IPAs are great choices to order for any college student. However, keep away from ordering what people think of as old beers like Old Style and Labatt Blue. Anything your father drinks is considered an old man beer and could quite possibly get you laughed at by your peers. Typically men are the bigger beer drinkers, but a girl who orders a beer may turn out to be the coolest girl on campus.

 

 

Don’t Get Too Technical

 

If you walk into a bar and say something ridiculous like, “I want a dirty, dry martini with little ice, shaken not stirred and 3 olives for a garnish.” You are going to look like a fool. This is not some fancy Speakeasy, this is your typical college bar where simplicity matters. Don’t go overboard with ordering. Relax, ask for a cold brew, or whatever is on happy hour. Oh and lose the lingo! Don’t make things too complicated and save the smart rhetoric for your college classes.

 

Order Shots for All

 

College kids love to drink and have a good time. Ordering a round of shots is a good gesture when making new friends and an acceptable way to say thank you. Don’t order a round all the time because you will either end up broke or passed out. Pick your spots wisely and be selective with it. Also, taking shots are tricky. It’s best as a college student to stay with Fireball or Tequila shots. Both make you sound like a college student who knows what they like. On occasion a new fun shot may be introduced, but keep it simple. This is college after all and just like a frat party nobody wants to have to think too hard about their drink choices.

 

 

Stay Away from Girly Drinks

 

It’s 2018 and we are trying to get rid of gender biases. But in the eyes of most college students, girls still order mixed drinks and guys order beer and the hard stuff. So if you are a guy and you want to impress your friends, stay away from the girly drinks especially anything served in a Martini glass.

So there you have it. To order a drink like a college student, keep it simple, make sure it’s cold and don’t be afraid to order a few round of shots for old and new friends. Keep the complicated drink orders for you fancy gatherings. Drinking at a college bar is hardcore, so pace yourself and drink responsibly. Have fun!!



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We've all seen customers who take things too far while trying to "flirt" with the bartender or are pestering other bar patrons. While it might not be enough of a nuisance yet to get the customer thrown out or banned, there are some ways to diffuse the situation before it escalates.

 


friendly bar patron

 

Here are some strategies on how to deal with over-friendly customers without risking your reputation as a bartender.

 

Distract the Customer

 

 

If you see a customer that is being irritated or pestered by another customer (let’s call him the problem customer), step in. You can divert the problem customer's attention by starting a conversation with them. Distracting them by offering them a drink (if they haven’t already consumed too much) or performing a bartending trick will also work. This will give your customer the opportunity to walk away from the problem customer, thus immediately diffusing the situation.

Make sure to be low-key in your approach so that the problem customer doesn't catch on to what you are trying to do.

 

 

Intervene With Drunk Customers

 

 

Sometimes drunk patrons turn into problem customers especially when they are alone. Since they don't have other people with them to diffuse their "creepiness level," they can come off as too aggressive to others. As a bartender, you need to keep your eye on these customers and be aware of when it's time for someone to step in. 

You can try offering the drunken stranger a soft drink or water to encourage them to sit at the bar instead of wandering around. However, if you think things might get out of hand, call the manager or bouncer over for help.

 

Accept the Weird Regulars

 

 

Some customers are just weird or ‘different’ if you want to be politically correct. They ask you questions like “Are you happy with your life?” or want a full-out tutorial on how to make drinks while you’re working. Yes...awkward! While you probably wouldn’t date them or be their best friend, you also know that they’re harmless and really just want to seem outgoing.

To deal with this, you need to be really good at banter. Laugh at your customers’ jokes and ask them questions from time to time. Understand that every customer isn't going to be your favorite but they are still paying for your service and are happy to give you good tips.

 

 

Act Professionally at All Times

 

 

You can avoid attracting the attention of an over-friendly bar patron in the first place by knowing your place. Don't offer advice and don't dominate conversations that your bar patrons are having amongst each other.

Always maintain proper behavior so that your patrons don't get the idea that they can run the bar. Once you show customers that you're not in control, you'll never get it back.

Be mindful that these tips only apply to the customers that you think you can handle. If the customer is crossing the line to the point where the situation seems dangerous for you or other customers, get the manager or security involved.



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Summer is not that far off, yet in the midst of winter it seems like it will never get here. There are so many amazing bars that will get you in the mood for the hot weather.

 

beach bars summer

 

Here are the top seven bars we think will get you seriously thinking about warmer days.

 

Old Tony’s on the Pier

Redondo, California

beach bars summer

Photo by Jimmy Powell & Stellar Media Group

 

Old Tony’s opened in 1961 as a small shack in Redondo, California. It is a family-owned business with deep roots in its community. This bar in California is on a pier and completely surrounded by ocean on all sides. Old Tony’s is known for their fabulous seafood, their Mai Tai's and live music. The breathtaking views of Old Tony’s will having you coming back again and again.

 

Ballard’s Inn

Block Island, Rhode Island

beach bars summer
Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Ballard’s is a famous resort and bar beach located in Rhode Island. This place is typically hopping with tourists and even locals from the area. The beach offers umbrella seats and amazing ocean views. The servers come out to you so you can sit back and relax. Ballard’s offers a great variety of food and drinks. They serve wine, beer and crafted cocktails. There is also a tiki bar on the beach if you feel inclined to order your own drink or even mingle a little. This place can get crowded but the fun never ends!

 

Landshark Landing

Pensacola, Florida


beach bars summer

Photo courtesy of margaritavillehotel.com

 

Landshark Landing is like a tropical paradise in Pensacola Florida with its beach views and lovely palm trees. This is the perfect spot to get you in the mood for summer. This paradise bar is located within the Margaritaville Hotel. The bar has volleyball nets, hammocks and a cozy fire pit. It serves some exquisite snacks, including seafood specials and amazing margaritas.There drink menu offers a wide array of drinks, including some of the traditional tropical style mixers. All in all, this is a bar that brings out the sunshine in everyone who visits.  

 

Pink Pony Pub

Gulf Shores, Alabama

beach bars summer

Photo courtesy of Flip Flop Vacations

 

This bar in it’s glorious pink color situated on the Gulf Shores in Alabama has been around for over 60 years and it boasts having survived hurricanes since 1956. They say if you visit the Gulf Shores and the Pink Pony Pub is no longer there, then the Gulf Shores has been lost to sea as well. This establishment was once part of the Seahorse Cottages and this is how it got its name.

You can even see a pink pony bellied up at the bar on your visit. The Alabama style food is sure to please you if you like gumbo and fresh Gulf seafood! All the beverages are frosty and cold. They offer a good selection of wine, beer, cocktails and frozen drinks. It’s highly recommended you try their signature Pina Colada as you sit on the deck watching the ocean views. If seafood is not your thing, they also offer other delicious pub foods like buffalo wings and their famous nachos. This beach pub has everything you need to make you feel like it’s summer.

 

Duke’s Barefoot Bar

Honolulu, Hawaii


beach bars summer

Photo courtesy of AFAR

 

This fabulous beach bar in Honolulu sits outside the main Duke’s establishment. It is literally on the Waikiki beach and shoes just may be optional. There is nothing that says summer more than a bar on a beach in Hawaii. Duke’s Barefoot Bar offers a full menu filled with fabulous dishes, including a favorite of many their Korean tacos. They also offer a great selection of drinks including their signature Duke’s Mai Tai. Just imagine sitting on the beach in Hawaii with a Mai Tai in hand. Pure paradise!

 

Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar

Carolina Beach, North Carolina


Photo courtesy of oceangrilltiki.com

 

The Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar is located on the beautiful Carolina Beach overlooking the Atlantic ocean. It features an upstairs dining area with wide views of the shoreline, a downstairs dining on the patio area and just right outside on the pier is their famous tiki bar. When visiting the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar in North Carolina you can enjoy fresh coastal cuisines and a wide variety of drinks like wine, champagne, beer and cocktails. Between the main building and the tiki bar this establishment has all the ambience of a mid-summer’s day.

 

Pelican Brewing

Pacific City, Oregon


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Photo courtesy of Pelican Brewing

 

If craft beer and beach views are your vision of  summer fun, then the Pelican Brewing is the ultimate beach bar for you. This is notably the only beach brew pub in the Pacific northwest. Come relax, sample some brews and gaze out at the magnificent ocean views while you are visiting there. The establishment offers an extensive beer list including pale ales, lagers, porters, IPAs and stouts. If you have a palate for beer and love beaches, you are going to want to mark this on your ‘must visit’ list!

Whether you are looking for a small pub or huge hotel bar on the beach these seven bars will have the sun shining and thoughts of summer dancing in your head. There is nothing greater than sand, beach views and a cold drink in your hand. Summer is just around the corner, so indulge yourself!



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So you are new on campus and looking for the coolest spots to hangout. A big part of your college experience is learning about the bar scene, or so every undergrad thinks.

 

find college bars 

 

It’s not hard to find the best local college bars near you. It’s good to have a place to unwind, have fun and kickback with friends in between all of that studying.

So before you start looking, here are some helpful hints to help you on this mission.

 


1. Ask Around

 

If you are new on campus, it may take you a little while to adjust and to figure out the best places to go to meet people. That’s okay though! You go to school with thousands of other college kids. If you don’t know where the best bars are, somebody does. So just ask and you will be glad you did. Someone may even suggest a place you never heard of!

 

 


2. Google It

 

Ok, when in doubt. Google ‘College Bars Near Me.’ Just be cautious with this information though. Google may send you some place where nobody has ever been to. After you google it, be sure to scope the place out before heading there for a drink. If the place seems legit, go alone or with friends and throw back a few brews.

 


3. Just Go

 

I am sure you have passed that little tavern down the road often on your way to Sociology class. You never stepped into the place b/c it looks weird. Well if you want to find out if this is a cool, then just go and check it out. You never know until you go. What’s the worst that can happen? You may meet some new friends at the bar. Just get a beer or two and take off if it’s not your vibe. Life is too short to miss out on new experiences, so be gutsy and just go.

 

 

4. Look For Clues

 

You live on campus, right? There are community activity boards everywhere! If you have yet to find a great hang spot, check the physical and online bulletin boards. You will find local bars with bands and entertainment pinned up everywhere. Once you get a good clue, take note and definitely check it out. Seriously, it takes less work to find a good bar than it does to get an ‘A’ on your Biology exam.

 

 


5. Use the Right Bar Apps

 

 

There are many awesome bar apps that can help you find the right college bar to fit your needs. Use applications like the BOTY App to help you find the top bars and the best bartenders.

Keep in mind that college bars all have something different to offer. The best college bars will be close to campus, offer a variety of activities, have great drink specials and cater to a younger crowd. If you find a bar with these things, you just stumbled into a great college bar.

 

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You want your bar to become the place "where everybody knows your name" or perhaps you just want a reliable stream of tips. Whatever your motivation is to attract new people to your bar, you need regular customers.

 

Bartender attract regulars 

 

Here are 5 things bartenders can do to attract more regulars to make the bar experience better for all involved.

 


1. An Awesome Happy Hour

 

When it comes to winning over new customers so that they come back to your bar over and over, a ‘killer’ happy hour is key. If your bar offers awesome deals on drinks and food, you can convince customers to stop by during those times. Once they stop by, it becomes a part of their regular routine. And you'll have regulars that you can count on for consistent tips.

 

 


2. Create Photo-Friendly Opportunities

 

Be sure to create photo-friendly opportunities at your bar. This helps customers to remember that they had a great time while they were there. You can do this by hosting silly events to giving out free prizes. When customers come to your bar not knowing what exactly to expect, they'll be more likely to come back for more if they had a good time.

 


3. Make Sure There Are Plenty of Singles

 

Why would customers come to your bar versus all the other options? The answer is simple: the people. That is one thing that they won't be able to get anywhere else. Trivia games, speed dating, and other events that are likely to attract the single crowd.

If your bar is known as a place where singles are ready to mingle, guys and gals will hang out often. People will have more fun and will think of your bar as a great place to make new friends.

 


4. Reach Out to Your Neighbors


If you haven't had a chance to check out other restaurants, bars, and businesses in your neighborhood, now is the time to start. All you have to do is introduce yourself and offer the them discounts, free drinks or invitations to a special event at your bar. Or just tell them about the happy hour specials.

In no time, they'll start to feel like your old friends. Then on the days when your bar is slow, these are the people who will become the regulars that stop in for a few drinks just to support.

 

 


5. Learn Your Customers' Preferences

 

One way to turn customers into regulars is by getting to know them better. Find out their names and their favorite drink orders. If Julia always orders a dirty martini, be ready to pour that drink as soon as you see her walk into the bar.

Every time that you interact with a customer, you should always seem happy to see them and ready to serve them. Having a friendly attitude towards your customers is the best way to develop relationships to create regular customers.

 

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Sometimes you can find yourself in a new city and when the sun goes down, you know it's time to party. But how do you pull off a bar crawl in a city that you've never been to and make it successful?

 

bar crawl new city

 

Never fear, help is here! With our best tips and the BOTY app, you'll be mingling with the locals in no time.

 

1. Study the Area Before You Go

 

Get to know what's up and what's down. Are there areas of the city that have a lot of restaurants and bars in a concentrated area? Scouting those areas first and how to get there is probably going to be your best bet in terms of finding a string of bars that you can spend all night in.

Are you looking for a laid back night at the dive bar or are craft cocktails more your speed? You should also decide on the type of bars that you prefer and check the crowd so that you don't end up walking into the local biker gang's hangout by accident.


 

2. Find Out What Time Things Close

 

In New York City, you'll notice that bars stay open until the wee hours of the morning so you can get your drink on until 2 am or later in many places. However, in other cities bars may close at 1 am or earlier.

By checking to see what time everything closes, you can make sure that you don't head out too late. That way you won't have to worry about not having enough time to close the deal or enjoy a few more rounds at a second or third bar.

 

3. Don't Forget to Include Food

 

A bar crawl that doesn't include a pitstop for food is a rookie's mistake. Don't end up spending your night taking in only liquid calories so that you’re puking up vodka before the clock even strikes midnight.

Whether it’s a food truck strategically located along the way or a sports bar that serves wings, getting food is the only way that you'll be able to keep going all night.

 

4. Don’t Mix

 

The general rule of thumb whenever you're drinking, but is especially important if you're going to do a bar crawl, is that you do not mix liquors. Unless you plan on waking up the next day with a splitting headache and stomach pains that will just waste the rest of the time that you have in your new city, don't do it. Try to choose one type of alcohol and stick with it.

 

5. Be Prepared to Skip It

 

No matter how perfect you think your plan is, things can change along the way. A bar might not draw the crowd that you're looking for. Don't be afraid to skip that place and go to the next one on your list.


 

6. Mingle

 

Even if you don’t speak the language, it doesn’t hurt to try and say hello once you’re at the bar. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that there are locals there that can speak your language. Don’t forget, the whole point of a bar crawl is to have fun and you'll occasionally meet some really cool people. So make it happen!



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When bartenders think about how to increase their tips, not much thought typically goes into whether or not their gender helps. So do women or men make more in tips due to their sex?

 

gender affect tips

 

There is a stigma among men that beautiful ladies make more money than men. And many female bartenders believe they are underpaid compared to their male counterparts. So what is really the truth behind this matter?

 

The Battle Of The Sexes

 

In Render Food Magazine, they stated, in their article about servers, “The idea that women make more in tips due to sex appeal is an enduring cultural myth.”

Rain Dove Blog did a study one night as the ‘Battle of The Sexes’ at a local bar in Brooklyn and at the end of the night, the male had around $100 more in tips than the female. 

In this article on waitbutwhy.com it stated one of the six proven ways to get better tips was,  “ideally, be a slender, attractive, big-breasted blond in your 30s.” They based this off a scientific study down by Michael Lynn Ph.D. To view the study go here.

We did some research and the jury is still out on whether or not gender really will increase your tips. Many articles show that men make higher tips while other articles say women make more.

 

 

The Real Truth About Gender And Tips

 

After our thorough investigation, we believe that gender is not the issue when it comes to tipping. There are several factors that will determine how many you make in tips whether you are female or male.

 

does gender affect tips

 

This gender debate will go on for years and years. However, the bottom line is if you do your job well, take care of your customers and interact with them you will see that you are making great tips whether you are a male or female. If gender does play a role, which we don’t believe it does, it’s only a small role. So be yourself, work hard and forget all those gender tipping stigmas.

 



Want to connect with people at the bar in a whole new way? Download the BOTY App on iTunes or Google Play for free!

 

 

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