Shot Etiquette

A customer came up to me tonight, we’re talking, she says, what do you think about this?  I asked a bartender if he would do a shot with me. The bartender did the shot with me, and charged me for both. Is that wrong?

There is nothing wrong with that. It all depends on the bartender. If you say to a bartender, I want to buy you a shot, then the bartender is completely justified to charge you for both shots. I don’t feel comfortable with that, though. I have never charged someone for a shot I’ve done. I will charge them for their own shot. If I’m the one who says, let’s do a shot, then it’s my responsibility to get the round. If you want to get completely specific with the bartender, which I know they will appreciate, you can say something like, I want to buy a shot. Would you do one with me? Then, everything is clear, and the bartender can answer honestly, and everybody feels good.

From my heart to yours,

Clint Curtis. Bartender.


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