Are you giving non-drinkers the same priority that you give to drinkers at your bar?
Unfortunately, most non-drinkers say that they are simply ignored when it comes to non-alcoholic drink choices and the overall bar experience.
They are made to order the crap foundation soda on the menu while everyone else’s drinks come out looking like crazy concoctions that only a magician could dream up.
So what can you do to stop making non-drinkers feel like the bar experience just isn’t for them? Here a few easy ways to cater to non-drinkers at your bar so that they feel welcome too.
Mocktails should be made with just as much attention, time, and care as your cocktails. Choose exotic fruit mixes and nicer options for glasses to delight your non-drinking bar patrons.
Here are a couple of ideas for fruit mixes:
You can also allow your customers to customize the ingredients for their mocktail by allowing them to choose their own juices and garnishes.
Regular fountain sodas are often loaded with sugar and aren’t a good option for customers who need sugarless options.
They’re also boring and make your non-drinking customers look like the buzzkill of the party when they order a Diet Coke instead of a Rum and Coke.
Instead, stock craft sodas made from natural ingredients, including ones that use alternative sweeteners like stevia and agave.
This can help to attract more customers to your bar because craft sodas are generally difficult to find in stores and offer a unique taste.
Make drinking non-alcoholic drinks just as much fun as drinking alcoholic drinks.
By coming up with fun names for these beverages, your customers don’t have to feel like the spotlight is on them when they order a drink.
That is because the name will disguise the fact that the drink doesn’t contain alcohol.
Above all catering to non-drinkers is simply good business. Just like restaurants will accommodate people with food allergies or special diets, you can easily upgrade your bar to accommodate non-drinkers.
If you need another incentive, don’t forget that non-drinkers leave tips just like drinkers do. If you want better tips, now is the time to step up your game and stop making customers feel like less of a priority just because they don't drink.
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In this modern day, it is just as important, to think about your safety, as it is to have fun.
When you go out to the bar whether alone or with friends there are several safety tips and precautions that will help you to have a safe, fun night. Follow these easy tips and you will have a great night!
We don’t recommend that you go to the bar alone unless you are a regular at that bar. You should know all the employees and the majority of people who frequent the place if you decide to go alone. If you go somewhere you’ve never been to before, go with a group of friends. While at the bar, stick together and keep an eye on each other. Not only will it ensure you will be safe, you will have a great time too!
Always be aware of what is going on around you. You should know where the exits are, especially the fire exits! You don’t have to be paranoid, just be aware. Stir clear of the people causing drama and pay attention to everything going on inside. If something is making you uncomfortable, trust your gut and do what is best for you and your safety.
Be sure to keep your friends numbers on hand, just in case you get separated. For most of us this is easy, since we have smart phones these days. However, if you are going out with new friends, try to exchange numbers before you get to the bar. You will be glad you did!
I’m not saying you should be Secret FBI agents or anything like that. However, you should create a code word that means I have had enough to drink or it could also mean this person is bothering me/making me feel uncomfortable. A code word is a safe way to say, you need help without giving off any bad vibes or stirring up more trouble.
Take your drink with you wherever you go! Be sure to take it into the bathroom if you don’t have anyone to watch it for you that you trust. The number one way to an unsafe night is having something slipped into your drink. You cannot have the mentality that it won't happen to you. You have to guard your drink with your life. Likewise, if you think someone has tampered your drink, don’t drink it. Ask the bartender for a new drink.
Nobody likes to be told how much to drink, but the best way to have a safe night is by not drinking too much. We become less aware of our surroundings with each drink we consume. So drink less and track how much you drink.. In between drinks, ask for a water or orange juice. I say orange juice because it will help replenish the vitamins in your body. It will also help you save you from a hangover the next day. Taking care of yourself by being aware of your drink count will help to keep you safe.
Whenever you go to the bar, you should plan on who will be the designated driver or if you will use a taxi or Uber. Don’t drink and drive. Period. That is the best advice anyone can give you. Also, be sure that your designated driver is not getting intoxicated. If your driver does become intoxicated, use a backup plan like a Lyft.
Be prepared for any situation. You safety should always come first. There is nothing wrong about going out and having a fun night. Just be safe while you are out.
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A social drinker is a person that drinks alcohol mainly during social occasions and only in moderate quantities. The goal of a social drinker is not to get drunk, but to be more outgoing in social settings.
Although it happens, social drinkers do not desire the feeling of drinking too much that they lose control. Alcohol isn’t that important, it just helps to make the conversation more interesting and have more fun.
Drinking too much alcohol does come with risks:
*You can get yourself hurt. Drinking too much increases the chances of vehicle crashes, accidents, and so much more.
*It just isn’t healthy. People who drink a lot increase the chances of heart disease, liver disease, cancer, and it weakens your immune system which makes you more vulnerable to diseases.
*Birth defects. Drinking during pregnancy can cause brain damage and other major issues in the baby.
*AUD can happen. AUD stands for ‘alcohol use disorder’ which is when the problem of drinking becomes severe. To assess whether you have AUD, click here for some questions to ask.
Research estimates that one-third of the population are introverted. An introvert is a person who is not just shy, but is energized by being alone and whose energy can be drained by being around other people. Introverts love to think, and explore their own thoughts and feelings. They don’t prefer social situations, but know they need to participate in them. Introverts are always thinking and focused on being introspective. In order to be more sociable, a stimulate may be required such as a drink and some time spent at the bar.
Introverts need social interaction and one way to get it is having a drink. Modest alcohol consumption can boost social bonding. How many times have you made a new friend over a drink or two? It is proven that people drinking alcohol around strangers feel better for periods of time around strangers. Drinking alcohol is tied to aggressive behavior, accidents and bad health. Yet many people choose to drink socially, especially introverts, which helps to make them more empathetic and be more friendly.
There is the perception that people who drink are brutally honest and I agree. But why is that? Drinking alcohol inhibits our ability to feel guilt, remorse or shame about the things we say or do. Drinking makes us feel more honest and less likely to hold back based on fear of consequences. So when you can be more honest, it makes you feel more relaxed and free, which allows you to have more fun.
How many times have you woke up the next day regretting what you realized you said the night before? When you have a few drinks, your mouth starts spewing all the things your sober mouth was afraid to say. As Charlie Chaplin once stated, “A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.” I’m not saying you need to be drunk to be honest, just a few drinks to get you going. Alcohol has, and always will be, a truth serum to our true feelings that we hold so deeply inside.
Remember a few drinks makes you more sociable and a few more than that makes you drunk and more aggressive. We are focused on the social aspect. Conversations over a few drinks can help you be a little more empathetic and confident. Having a few drinks allows us to be more passionate about what we want to do in life good or bad. The taste of alcohol surrounded by family, friends and good people allows us to discuss things we want most out of life. If done in moderation, socially drinking enables us to be happier, have fun and act on desires that we hold deep inside.
Liquid courage allows you to approach and conversate with people more freely. It comes in all different bottle sizes, beer spouts, shapes, proofs, and amounts. If we drink as a social drinker, we can be more introspective, self-reflective and more outgoing than when we are caught in the cycle of our relationships, marriages, weekly worries and things that stress us. Drinking when done right can make us awesome, we just can’t over do it.