Skip Nav
Food Video
Eat Your Heart Out With These Nutella-Stuffed Doughnuts
Duff Goldman
Duff Goldman's Baking Hack Is Just as Charming as His Cakes
Food Reviews
M&M's Brand-New Flavor Will Make Caramel Fanatics Lose Their Sh*t

Party Foul: Understaffed Bar

A few Fridays ago, I attended the opening of a new club. The party was great; there was no line to get in, our names were actually on the list, it wasn't overcrowded, and the music was perfect! What put me in a bad mood very quickly was the wait to get a drink. The bar was completely understaffed. I stood at the front of the bar trying to get the bartender's attention for a half an hour! I know it's hard to make a lot of drinks super quickly — I was a bartender once — but the owner should know how many bartenders are needed based on the amount of people invited.

This is something to consider when hosting any party — a wedding, a birthday, or a shower — with a staffed bar. If you don't want guests (or bartenders) getting cranky because they had to wait forever for a cocktail, be sure your bar is staffed appropriately.

So what's the longest you've ever had to wait to get a drink? Have you ever left a party or bar because it took too long to get served?


Around The Web
Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Hahahha bring some nips!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Hahahha bring some nips!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Maybe the dishwasher was below standard and could not provide them with enough clean glasses.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I'm a regular where I go, so I've never had to wait. But no, I also never go out without a flask of whisky anyway.
sonnabobble sonnabobble 8 years
flask in the purse haha! i guess i'm lucky b/c i think 10 minutes is the longest i've waited....and i thought that was annoying?!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
time for the old flask in the purse!
Taadie Taadie 8 years
that really grinds my gears. probably 40-45 minutes but its always insanely annoying.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Yeah I usually get two drinks at a time because most bars just have one or two bartenders on staff.
krazykarot krazykarot 8 years
Besides waiting at a frat party after the first kegs are kicked, the longest I probably had to wait was in a bar, 40/45 minutes I think. It was so ridiculous but we didn't want to leave so my friends and I loaded up with two drinks each once we got there.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
urg this drives me nuts too! Happens everywhere I go!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
urg this drives me nuts too!Happens everywhere I go!
Gift Guide: Tool Sets for the Hotshot Bartender
Bartender's Simple Tip: Cool Warm Glasses
Extreme Bartending
Time For A Monkey Joke!
Is It OK to Bring Birthday Cake to a Restaurant?
Party Foul: Not Greeting Your Guests
Party Foul: Mandatory Coat Check

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Food
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds