Tired of dingy bars that only serve light beer on tap?
Had enough of clubs and their ridiculously crowded couches that happen to be placed in the middle of the dance floor?
Maybe it’s time to explore a new venue, where the vibe tends to be more positive and the clientele more social.
Now would be a good opportunity to begin your pub career.
But, be warned, this is no casual decision.
Before you choose a pub that you will want to call your new watering hole, you should first be certain that it’s the right pub for you. Much like any other business out there, just because it’s a pub doesn’t mean that it’s a good one.
So, dedicate a day to yourself to check out and research some pubs around your area, and see which one seems to fit best.
Once you’ve got a general idea, the next step is to consider the importance of a first impression. This pub will, after all, become your second home.
Now, if you want to be just some background layabout, so be it. However, if you want to make a difference and actually be the one to bring some class to the establishment, then read on.
The following guidelines will bring classiness and respect to any pub you frequent:
- Suit up. If it’s a hot summer day, then vest up. Ladies, wear a dress that has a single, solid colour.
- Wear a cap or fedora of some sort. If you’re adamantly against wearing a hat, then you can skip this step, but my nugget of advice is to at least try it out before you write off the idea.
- Women, wear fancy black or white gloves. Men will immediately respect you, and the ladies may be a tad jealous of your style.
- Order a pint of Guinness. If they don’t have it on tap, walk out.
- An alternative to Guinness for those that aren’t fans of beer: Scotch. Or a gin and tonic.
- Look the bartender/waitress in the eye when ordering a drink. Nothing exudes more confidence than a patron who knows what he/she likes to drink.
- Don’t sit at a table. Find a stool or lean by the bar. Your body language should be able to portray that you’re open for a conversation.
- When ordering your drinks, open up a tab. Repeatedly scrambling for your wallet/purse reduces your mystique.
- Just order one drink at a time. A swarm of drinks in your area is a class killer.
- Refrain from ordering any food. Being in a suit while mowing down on chicken wings is like going to a funeral in shorts: it just isn’t respected.
- While sipping your drink, don’t lean your head down too much; try to fixate your eyes on one object. For example, a ravishing bottle of gin behind the bar. A wandering eye would make you seem like a person who’s always uncertain.
- During a potential conversation, keep your answers short (you WILL be asked questions) and your dialogue assertive. Being boisterous is typically not welcomed in this situation.
- If you need to head to the gentlemen’s (or ladies’) quarters, be sure to finish your drink before you go.
- Turn your cell phone off. You can live without texting for a few hours.
- Finally, leave a respectable tip for your server at the end of the night.
Follow these rules and the next time you decide to make an appearance at the pub, fellow customers and staff alike will give you the respectful nod that you have earned.
Any maybe even a pint on the house.