Bartenders of Reddit Reveal the Stereotypes That Come Along With Specific Drink Orders
When you walk into a bar and ask the bartender for a specific drink, chances are, he or she already had an idea about what kind of drink you are going to request. It turns out that there are stereotypes when it comes to specific drink orders.
Reddit user Indianfattie asked, “Bartenders of reddit : what are the stereotypes that come with specific drinks people order?” In some cases, the answers are surprising, but in other cases not so surprising. Think about your most common drink order, and then scroll down to see if you fit the stereotype (we did). The next time you go to a bar, you might want to ask the bartender what he or she thinks you’re going to order just to see how close they are.
Reddit user FREAK-DOLPHIN-RAPE wrote:
Vodka water with lime for the sorority girl who wants to cut calories, then drinks 8 of them and gets blackout pizza from the place next door.
The Rundown of Every Gender and Age Group
From my experience if you order a Bud Light/ Miller Light/ Budweiser with a shot of Bourbon or Whisky you probably work a manual labor intensive job. Most older women want vodka with water/tonic/soda. Younger woman tend to order vodka with cranberry or sweeter mixed drinks. Younger men tend to order IPA’s or Craft Beers. I can always tell who just turned 21 due to all the complex sweet shots with fancy names being ordered. Old ladies that want to party usually start with Margaritas. I bartend on the weekends at a shot and beer spot, so I don’t get a lot variety.
Ordering Manhattans while in nyc because of the novelty, not knowing that it’s mostly bourbon then saying it’s too strong.
Tourist vs Local
My city has a very fancy (and tbf very good) gin bar in it which stocks around 500 gins and has become a huge destination for hipster tourists and gin-obsessed mums.Used to be people coming to my bar would ask for a gin and tonic. Now people coming to my bar ask what gins we have and make me explain every ingredient and the philosophy behind every damn one before deciding. So the stereotype in my city is you’re either asking about gin, which means you’re a tourist/instagram nerd or you’re complaining about everyone in front of you asking about gin in which case you’re a local.
How to Spot an Alcoholic
Any variety of boilermaker…guaranteed the customer is an alcoholic.
Dreaming of the Tropics
Pina Colada – you care more about flavor than image. Also want to be in the Caribbean.
Bourbon Old Fashioned
My go-to is a bourbon old fashioned. A bartender once told me this means I’m an old woman from the South.
Hired a Babysitter
Appletini = I’m away from the kids for the weekend
It’s the Way They Order
Martini ‘shaken, not stirred’= Idiot who knows nothing about booze and definitely has no idea what they’re ordering, and will most likely not like it.That said, I’m pretty tolerant of most drink orders, people are allowed to like what they like, even if I don’t share the same taste. Edit: I should clarify, it’s the specific way of ordering it to sound like James Bond that I find douchey and tells me the guest probably don’t know what they’re doing and won’t like the drink, not the actual drink itself.
Karen? Is That You?
If you pull up a drink you found on Pinterest and it has 25 steps and is more pretty than tasty, I can tell already you are a future “I want to speak to the manager” type of mom.
A Lot of Stereotypes
Vodka soda with a splash of cran will either be an obnoxious white girl or a slender gay man. IPA drinkers are bearded dads who want to ask 15 questions and try 15 samples. Long Island drinkers are almost always garbage, and bad tippers. There is an entire demographic of female drinkers that don’t care what it tastes like as long as it is pink or blue.
I have bartended for more than 15yrs, & honestly the biggest correlation I’ve experienced is with sports fans. Here, baseball fans = beers, low maintenance, minimal tips. Football fans = double whiskey 7s at 9am, as fast as possible, decent tips as its pure volume and turnover. Soccer fans = moscow mules, kamikazes, anything with 3 or more ingredients, unless it’s a shot of expensive tequila. High maintenance customers, but good tips. I realize this isn’t universal, but it goes with the fans and teams in my city.
Final Round of Stereotypes
Any brand name liquor on the rocks with a splash of soda means it’s a person between 55-65 with decent money. They usually tip pretty well.If I’m asked about the malty flavor or mouthfeel of every IPA we have, it’s a hipster in their 20’s trying to be cool. If they ask for any kind of shooter, at my bar at least (not a college bar), they’re 30-35, unhappy with their life and wishing to go back to college. Often they’re trying to seem fun, young, and hip to the other people at the bar. Idk what it is about moms and margaritas, but they go together like pb&j