Why Your Cocktail Waitress Hates You

Why Your Cocktail Waitress Hates You

When you’re in the business of serving up drinks to packs of cocky water buffalo, you have to put up with some serious bull. One cocktail waitress carried around a pen and paper and wrote down some of the most annoying and degrading things she and her brethren experience in the course of their duties. [More]

Illinois And Wisconsin Do Not Mess Around When It Comes To Drinkin'

Illinois And Wisconsin Do Not Mess Around When It Comes To Drinkin'

Say what you will about the heart of the Midwest,
it’s certainly not hard to find a bar. Geography blog FloatingSheep
took a look a the bar-to-grocery store ratio in different parts of
the country and it became immediately apparent that Illinois and
Wisconsin (and part of Iowa) team up to form the beer belly of
America.

College Students Arrested For Refusing To Pay Tip

College Students Arrested For Refusing To Pay Tip

Should you be required by law to pay a gratuity if you don’t think the restaurant’s service was worth it? The police in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania think so, and they arrested two college students for refusing to pay a $16.35 tip over what they claim was poor service. Update 11/23/09: the charges will be dropped.

Brooklyn Bar Has Disturbingly Specific Dress Code

Brooklyn Bar Has Disturbingly Specific Dress Code

(Photo:Ben5000)

Ms. Booty Will Be Your Waitress

Ms. Booty Will Be Your Waitress

Andrew just looked over the credit card receipt from a night out earlier this month, and he noticed that his server has an unusually descriptive name. Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow named her.

Continental's "General Vibe" Doesn't Include Black People

Continental's "General Vibe" Doesn't Include Black People

Laney went out for drinks after work with some co-workers. He changed out of his uniform, but they wore theirs. Soon after the group entered, Laney was asked to leave, ostensibly due to a dress code violation…but it became clear his outfit wasn’t the problem.

Martinis: Classy, Yet Thrifty!

Martinis: Classy, Yet Thrifty!

Want more bang for your buck at the bar? Take a cue from James Bond and order a martini. Alcohol-to-price, it’s the best value out there. Gin, dirty, up, with olives for me, please. Mmmm. (Photo: boyghost)

Money-Conscious Boozers Fight Depression With Happy Hour

Money-Conscious Boozers Fight Depression With Happy Hour

Consumers low in spirits are starting to sadden bar owners as they increasingly take advantage of happy hour deals. People aren’t cutting back on their drinking, but they are consuming more at home and trying to extract more booze from their buck when they go out.

Japan Introduces Monkey Waiters; Blogger Scratches Another Business Plan Off His List

Japan Introduces Monkey Waiters; Blogger Scratches Another Business Plan Off His List

A Japanese sake house near Tokyo has stolen one of my ideas and employed monkeys as waiters—one brings hot towels to customers when they sit down, and another takes orders and delivers bottles of sake. They’re tipped in edamame, which U.S. waitstaff should seriously consider since you don’t have to report it, and since the dollar will soon be worth about the same anyway. Our favorite quote from the article: “‘The monkeys are actually better waiters than some really bad human ones,’ customer Takayoshi Soeno said.” Hold on to your hats, there’s video footage below!

Gordon Biersch Pinches Your Pennies

Gordon Biersch Pinches Your Pennies

Gordon Biersch, a small chain of brewery-restaurants, stole a penny from our reader. Consumerist “Punkrawka” used a credit card to hold open a tab at the bar, then closed the with a gift card. Gordon Biersch then passed a one-cent charge onto our reader’s credit card a few days later. More funny than anything else, the bizarre details, inside…

http://consumerist.com/2008/02/25/some-minnesota-bars-are-getting/

Some Minnesota bars are getting around smoking bans by holding “theater nights” and proclaiming everyone in the bar an “actor.” State law allows performers to smoke during theatrical performances. [Star-Tribune via BoingBoing]

Church Planning A SuperBowl Party? Don't Tell The NFL

Church Planning A SuperBowl Party? Don't Tell The NFL

“There is a part of me that says, ‘Gee, doesn’t the NFL have enough money already?’” said Steve Holley, Immanuel’s executive pastor. He pointed out that bars are still allowed to air the game on big-screens TV sets. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

Sultry-Voiced Talking Urinal Cakes Remind Men Not To Drink And Drive

Sultry-Voiced Talking Urinal Cakes Remind Men Not To Drink And Drive

“Big guy” ? Why, thanks for noticing, sultry-voiced urinal cake!