You See a Bartender or Bar Back Juicing Fresh Citrus
That’s a clear sign that you won’t be getting any sour mix in your Daiquiri or Margarita.
The Bartenders Are Actually Willing to Talk to You
Even if the decor is gorgeous and the drinks are spectacular, a bar can be terrible if the bartender rubs you the wrong way. But if the bartender is friendly and actually interested in getting you the best drink possible—asking for your preferred brand of spirit or what you normally drink—that can turn an OK bar into a terrific bar.
There’s No Branded Swag
This bar actually has its own identity. It’s not kitted out with the same neon signs and branded napkins as every other bar on the block. It’s decorated with care and personality—and there’s no risk of you being bombarded by “shot girls” or, even worse, “test tube shot girls” pushing their product.