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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?


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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Hahahha bring some nips!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
Maybe the dishwasher was below standard and could not provide them with enough clean glasses.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 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 9 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 9 years
time for the old flask in the purse!
Taadie Taadie 9 years
that really grinds my gears. probably 40-45 minutes but its always insanely annoying.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Yeah I usually get two drinks at a time because most bars just have one or two bartenders on staff.
krazykarot krazykarot 9 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 9 years
urg this drives me nuts too! Happens everywhere I go!
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