Booze is pretty great, but there is one downside to that fact: everyone knows it. And therefore, bar-goers frequently have to contend with overloaded spaces where it can be nearly impossible to order something, let alone get a line of sight to the bartender or raise a hand without accidentally hitting someone in the face.
So in order to figure out how to best position yourself and place an order at a crowded bar, we talked to bar master George Ruotolo -- owner of Whiskey Town, Whiskey Tavern, the Whiskey Brooklyn, the Whiskey Annex, and the Grand National -- to get the scoop.
Here are the tips you need to know to get the best service.
1. It pays to look friendly.
"It might sound crazy, but when a bartender is in the weeds, everyone is looking at them and wants something from them. A smile goes a long way from a customer," says Ruotolo, who also suggests raising an arm in a non-threatening way. He recommends using a half-raised hand, somewhere between a tepid wave and an aggressive salute (which would probably send the wrong signals).