Your Bartender Can Tell Everything About Your Relationship
Whether you're on a blind date, Tinder date, or in a long-term relationship, guess what? Your bartender probably knows as much about your relationship as you do -- or more. It's our job to watch people, read people... and, subsequently, judge people. We're working off tips, remember? Sorry to break it to you, but we need to decide if you are worth our time or not. And sometimes, we’re just entertained by the interpersonal interactions unfolding in front of us.
Here are the most common tells about your relationship we're picking up on.
Your body language tells us everything
Body language is key to judging any situation. From the moment a couple walks into a bar, I can tell if they are truly together... or destined for separate futures. One night, I noticed one of my regulars sitting with three women. He and I exchanged hellos, and I went about my business pouring drinks and chatting with him and other customers. This entire time, the man had his body turned away from the women; and the woman directly to his right had her back to him. Turns out, these two were a couple. Other than one or two kisses and verbal interactions, there was zero contact.
Unsurprisingly, they've since broken up and he claims he "never really trusted her." All of which, of course, was totally obvious by their body language in the bar that night.
Too much PDA is an obvious sign of a lack of intimacy
Hooking up at the bar in no way signifies affection. The fact of the matter is that I have seen MANY one-night stands begin with a make-out session at the bar. Watching two people who just met start kissing, I'm always in awe of alcohol's uncanny way to manufacture intimacy.
Then there are the couples who just met and pretend to know each other's name, or where the other one lives, dropping the collective "we" like it's their own name... or using each other's credit cards like they're married.
Sorry, that's simply not how emotional intimacy works.
Cheaters and players can't hide from a bartender
Cheaters make bartenders the most uncomfortable. When a regular customer comes in with his or her side piece -- or worse, their main -- we hate having to play dumb while the regular sits there with an imploring look. My worst experience was with a side chick, who had no idea the man she was out with was already in another relationship. She asked me to make sure her guy wasn't messing around. I felt awful for her. There's no worse feeling than covering for someone who lies -- or having to be the one to cop to someone else's bad behavior. Bartenders often just pretend to not know anything -- it's the path of least resistance and keeps us out of other people's drama.
Players are just as easy to spot: they'll bring their one-night stands in for "one last drink," or are always showing up with a rotating cast of new girlfriends or boyfriends. The interesting part about these people is that they want to act as though they are the bartender's best friend. Just because you come in all the time with a different date to show off, doesn't mean you have an "in" with the bartender. It just means that you have a regular place to take dates in which you feel comfortable.
Tinder dates are ridiculously easy to spot
Ah, Tinder dates. These are fun. The uncomfortable walk-in, the weight shift while looking around for the person who looks vaguely like a tiny profile picture. Then, the inevitable glance to the phone to see if the person has texted to signify they are at the bar already. And finally, the hesitant approach and introduction to the person who is hopefully the date. Watching those stilted first couple of moments is glorious for bartenders. Then we get to see if it works out or not: something we can usually guess with 99% accuracy.
It's simple to stack bar-dating odds
It's easy to nail your first date, keep the bartender happy, and look good while you're out. Be nice and fun. Don't get jealous! Trust me, bartenders ARE NOT EVER hitting on the person you are with. Don't grope each other.
These rules really aren't complicated.
And lastly, use us! We never mind being brought into a conversation. If it's an awkward first date, don't be afraid to admit it. We've all been there! It will make your own night go smoother (and make the conversation more fun) if you get bartenders talking about terrible dates they've witnessed or the ridiculous serial daters who come in with five different people throughout a single night. Believe me -- there are TONS of these stories.
There is a downside to being a bartender who analyzes and judges relationships. I've become one of the tougher girls to date: I already know all the lines.
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