Bartenders have revealed the top red flags customers should look out for when ordering a pint.
Waiters at British bar Pins Social Club in Liverpool listed things bartenders should never do, including using a glass to scoop ice and pouring a drink into a lukewarm glass straight from the dishwasher.
They also said to watch out for servers using shot measuring cups, leaning on the bar and putting their hands around the rim of the glass.
They shared the ‘red flags’ in a series of videos that sparked a heated discussion among viewers.
Many criticized the venue for not allowing its staff to lean against the bar, while most agreed that using the glass to scoop up ice was “disgusting” and “unsanitary”.
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Staff at UK club Pins Social have listed their bartenders’ top red flags, from scooping ice with a glass to using a measuring cup or jigger to make mixed drinks.
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Commenters were quick to agree with a saying: ‘One of the dirtiest places in a bar or restaurant if the ice is right!’
“If the glass breaks, all the ice is gone,” added another.
‘Always use an ice scoop,’ replied a third.
The second red flag is using the steel measuring cups or ‘jiggers’ to serve drinks which onlookers may look like ‘stingy’ while others commented on how the drink was poured into the glass by the bartender.
‘If I see a bartender using that measuring thing. I’m out. Nothing like an old school bartender serving…those are real drinks,” one person said.
“Also bad free pour, never splash drink in glass,” pointed out a second.
However, not everyone agreed, with some saying that jiggers are useful for properly balancing a mixed drink, while others noted that they are useful for learning how to make cocktails.
“Bartenders who care about the craft and make consistent, well-balanced, repeatable cocktails use jiggers,” someone argued.
Nine important red flags of bartenders
- Using a glass to get ice
- Measuring mixed drinks and cocktails in a jigger
- No beverage napkins
- Pint glass hot from the dishwasher
- leaning on the bar
- ignoring customers
- Put your hands around the rim of the glass
- Sneaking the dregs out of a cocktail
- skimming a pint
‘Using a small measuring cup isn’t a red flag, it’s the consistency which means you’re not pouring too much or too little. Good for customer and business,” wrote another.
The third red flag was not using napkins or coasters under drinks, but many disputed the claim with some bartenders saying they were taught otherwise.
“I hate bev naps,” one man said, and another agreed: “bev naps are dumb.”
“I’ve been told the cups don’t need a bev nap,” recalled a third.
The fourth red flag was serving drinks in a warm glass fresh out of the dishwasher, as it can raise the temperature of the drink.
in a follow up shortenthe staff at Pins Social Club listed more red flags to watch out for, including bartenders leaning on the counter.
The video was criticized for claiming that staff leaning on the bar was a red flag, however many agreed that holding a glass by the rim was a big no-no.
“Time to bow down, time to clean up,” the clip read, however many bar workers criticized the claim.
“Created by a manager who spends half his shift sitting in the office,” said one.
“It’s time to learn, it’s time to clean up,” said by all places with a constant hiring sign, a second quipped.
“Let me lean against the bar, we are on our feet longer than any office job,” a third complained.
Another red flag was ignoring customers, while the third was when a server put their hands around the rim of the glass.
‘MY GOD! Hands on the edge! Thank you! A local bartender does that and it annoys me! commented a woman.
They said that bartenders scooping the “leads” out of a cocktail are not allowed, as is “skimming” a pint, which is when the server uses a straw to remove excess foam from the top of a beer. .
The two videos have garnered over 2.7 million views combined and irritated many in the comments.
‘If they give me a pint with a hot glass, I don’t pay,’ one person replied.
“OMG I just got frustrated watching all this,” another exclaimed.
‘Big no no… I’m going out the door. Nice way to burn the bar down,’ wrote a third, while a fourth said: ‘If I get a pint with a hot glass, I don’t pay.’