Wherever you fall on the Drinking In Public spectrum, there are some basic table manners to keep in mind when interacting with the general public to make everyone’s night move a little smoother.
1. Do not stop mid-path when walking through a crowd. If you want to say Hello to someone, if you dropped something, if you’ve suddenly lost your train of thought and want to switch gears, just pull off to the side and re-group when there’s a break in the foot traffic. Bars can be packed and crowds can move slow, try to move with the flow as well as you can and step out when it’s possible and safe to do so.
2. When reserving the next game on a table, be it pool or shuffleboard, it is customary to leave money on the table itself in the amount it costs to play. Do not leave the area if you intend to play next or assume anyone knows where you’ll be. It is no one’s job but your own to make sure you are present for the next round and it is impolite to make someone wait.
3. Have an idea of what you want to order when you’re waiting at the bar. If the bartender comes your way and you haven’t decided, just order something you know you like. A fall-back drink, if you will. Opening up the floor for the bartender to have some creative leeway is one thing, “Something that will get me really drunk with no hangover and loaded with liquor but doesn’t taste like it” is another. Once you have your drink, make your exit from the bar area so the next customer can be served.
If this seems like a whole lot of common sense, good on you. If any of this was new information, I hope you find it helpful the next time you’re out and about. Don’t forget to close your tab and dig deep in those pockets for your bartenders.