How to Order Drinks Like a Pro
When you go to a bar, one of your first concerns is likely what you will have to drink. However, with the growing popularity of specialty cocktails, ordering a drink is more complicated than ever before. Here's what you need to know about ordering drinks at the bar.
Know Your Bar Terminology
With many cocktails, the bartender may ask how you like it, so you'll want to know what they mean by that. For example, if you order a martini, the first question the bartender will ask is if you prefer vodka or gin. They will also ask if you like it dry. The drier the martini, the less vermouth the drink will contain.
For straight shots of alcohol, you have the choice of ordering them neat (straight from the bottle at room temperature), on the rocks (with ice) or up (chilled with ice, then strained).
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
If you are unsure about your order, feel free to ask the bartender questions to help you understand. Most bartenders are happy to share their knowledge and offer recommendations. However, if the bar is extremely busy, it is best to stick with what you know, as the bartenders may not have time to stop to answer a bunch of questions. If the bartender doesn't seem too busy, though, ask questions like:
What are your most popular drinks? Or Which cocktail do you recommend? - Try to avoid asking, "What's good here?" Of course, everything on the menu is good; otherwise, the bar wouldn't serve it. Furthermore, what one person considers to be "good" may not match the taste of another person. Asking about what is popular can give you a better sense of what to order.
What are your specials today? - If cost is a concern, ask about the specials rather than asking, "What's least expensive?" If the bartender knows that you don't want to spend much money, you may not get the best customer service. Asking about the specials gets you the information you need without making you seem cheap.
Before you visit a new bar, take a look at their cocktail menu online if possible. This way, you'll already have an idea of what you want. If you do wait until you arrive at the bar to peruse the menu, try to decide on a drink or at least narrow down your options before waving the bartender over. Most bartenders will get annoyed if you call them over only to have them stand there and watch while you read the menu.
Here at The Crimson Room, we offer a delicious selection of cocktails set to the backdrop of jazz music in an elegant environment. We welcome you to stop by after the theater, or anytime for that matter. We have some great happy hour specials as well.