How to Get Served Quickly at the Bar

So, it’s Saturday night, you’re at the bar, but so are thirty other people, all thirsty and bored. Damn if you’ll wait for the rest of them, though: you want your drink, and now.

Thankfully, researchers writing in Frontiers in Psychology have worked out the best body language for attracting a bartender by observing customers order in nightclubs in Scotland and Germany, although, somewhat worryingly, they did so in order to better develop a robot bartender.

Anyway, a thirsty but determined customer needs to do two things: stand squarely, and look the bartender in the eye. Both signals need to be present. That’s it.

What doesn’t work? Sidling up to the bar, leaning over the bar rail, jostling with other people, looking at the menu, looking away (and probably bored) all don’t help. At all. In fact, costumers staring at a menu were only served one per cent of the time, which is probably within the margin of error.

This is outside the scope of the study, we feel the need to point out that if you tip large on your first drink, you’ll be served first every subsequent round. Can’t afford a tip? Buddy, then you can’t afford to drink at a bar.



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