Hanging alone at a bar, even if that bar is the perfect place to do it, comes with some stigma. People judge you. You judge yourself. Despite the fact that it is a normal activity that probably thousands of people engage in every day, the ideas that your solitude indicates a personal shortcoming or that you don’t have friends pervade. For the most part, it’s all in your head. But what you choose to drink can send a message. Here’s what your drink order says about you if you’re drinking alone.
You secretly hope someone will notice you and talk to you—possibly the cute bartender. They have to, right? You ordered such a distinguished, classic cocktail. Maybe they heard you say, unprompted no less, “Could you make it with Noilly Prat and a twist, please?” That ought to convince them you know the ways of the world.
You drink alone often and you do not care who knows it. An Old Fashioned is not the hippest drink to order at a bar anymore, but it’s comfortable, reliable and easy drinking enough to have several while you contemplate the state of the world.
You wish you were anywhere but here. You close your eyes and let your mind wander to the last time you stayed out until three dancing with your friends, forking over CASH ONLY not just for the pricey cocktails in plastic cups, but for the opportunity to bond with other human beings.
Same as the Gin and Tonic, except you are a touch more boring but probably a better dancer.
You plan to be here for a while. Especially if you opt for a cheaper or a lighter beer. You’re having more than one—heck, maybe you’re having more than three. If someone could get some popcorn over here and then leave you alone, that would be great.
Glass of Wine
You believe you have good taste. And you might—we don’t know. But at the very least you want people to think you are better than cheap beer. Either that or you’re a character on a reality television show just coming to grips with the fact that the other people on the show do not want to spend time with you in real life.
Signature Cocktail Off the Menu
You really want to impress that bartender and do not think the Martini is going to cut it. You’re trying to give them the chance to show off a little bit and you hope, with every thirsty fiber inside you, that you picked the drink they actually created so you can tell them how good it is.
It’s been a day! You don’t have time to peruse a menu or take in the ambiance or read quietly at the end of the bar (a lovely pastime under the right circumstances). You need a drink fast and you want everyone else to know that, please and thank you.