10 Ways to get served quickly at a Bar


We’ve all experienced the pain of standing at the bar, waiting to be served, and just being passed over for the person next to us and we just can’t understand why. Monkey Shoulder sheds some light on the occasion so to avoid standing in a long queue.

It’s good to be patient, but it’s even better to have a drink in your hand.

The guys over at Monkey Shoulder spoke to experienced bar staff to find out the secrets of reducing the waiting time for your precious drink.

Shaun Stemmett, brand manager for Monkey Shoulder, the world’s only triple malt Scotch whisky says that these tips are going to be especially helpful leading into the summer months as the festivities get started.  

  1. Whistling at the bar staff will not get you served quickly. Avoid doing this at all costs.

Nicholas Crouse from Lucky Shaker in Umhlanga says, “What’s really important to bar staff is that we are afforded some respect. If you shout, whistle or snap your fingers, we will pass you by. Also, have an idea of what you are looking for. We are happy to assist you if you are wanting to discover something new, but please don’t wait for us to serve you before you decide what you feel like. If someone comes to the bar and says, “surprise me”, what helps is if they say, “surprise me with something fruity”, in which case we will know in what direction we should go. All this makes serving you that my easier and more enjoyable.”

  1. Talking to your friend in the line may make you look like you’re busy and do not need a drink. Likewise looking at the drinks selection makes you appear unready.
  2. Bringing back your empty glasses may win you favour.
  3. Stand out from the crowd: if you’re tall or wear a distinctive hat you’ll have an advantage.
  4. Stand up for your rights: it’s OK to say that the person next to you pushed in, bar staff like to be fair.
  5. Bar staff are divided on whether customers waving money around is a good or bad thing. Do however have your money ready.

Julian Short from Sin+Tax in Johannesburg says, ” Bar staff are very busy , so it is always best to know what you what and to have your payment ready. Making eye contact and leaving a good tip goes a long way, too.”

  1. Eye contact is effective, but needs to be used sparingly. Do not stare at busy bartenders like you’re in love with them (unless you actually are in love).
  2. Be charming. It helps.

Tinashe Motsi from Orphanage Cocktail Emporium in Cape Town says, “Making eye contact and having a nice social facial expression, like a big smile, or someone who is visibly expected to get a drink from you, will usually get my attention quicker.”

  1. Stand directly in front of the bar staff and look friendly. If there are two people serving, stand between them.
  2. Do not talk to someone who has just been served.

Or you can just do what you like and not worry about the odd extra minute in your favourite bar.

What are you waiting for, no more standing in line, use these tips to order with your local bartender, and enjoy your Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky, responsibly.

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