Thursday, November 01, 2007

Yesterday, as part of a bet she lost, my ladyfriend took me to this establishment called Exhale. The plan wasn't to eat, or even drink heavily, but to have one shot each, and then get the hell out of there. Now I have been to this establishment on other occasions, and my times in there have always been mediocre at best, but considering what the task at hand was, I thought this place would suffice. When we walked in there were numerous signs hanging, which said something to the effective of, "If you set foot in this place you must order at LEAST one drink". Never in my life have I seen that kind of b.s. posted up throughout a bar. I mean these looked like fliers a 9 or 10 year old had made, and they were everywhere. The bartender wasn't very friendly at all, and she was shaped like a medium sized humpty dumpty..if that makes sense. The drinking-a-shot-on-Wednesday Gods were trying to tell us something by giving us all of these signs to leave, but we stayed put and ordered two shots of Amaretto.

Now Amaretto isn't typically administered in shot form, but I like it because it is smooth, sweet, and it is a perfect after dinner drink. So the waitress pours us two shots, and then puts a third one down. We each drink our shots and then we split the third one. Now at 100% of the bars I have ever been to, if a bartender puts a third drink anywhere in the vicinity of my hands, that means that drink is on the house. I have been in or witnessed this scenario at least 50 times. That's just bartender etiquette..if it wasn't on the house, after you finish the first two, they'll ask if you want another, which means do you want to PAY for another. Well since I won the earlier bet, my ladyfriend paid for the shots and we walked out..About 5 minutes later, after we were a good distance away from this spot, she tells me that she had to pay for 3 shots, but she didn't want to make a big deal about it. She strategically waited until we were too far to turn back, because she knew that I would have raised hell and unleashed a verbal jihad on her uneven ass. But alas, I never got the opportunity, and the cooler, more mature head prevailed. So I guess what I'd like to know at this point is if bartenders usually charge in that instance, or do I have the right to go back up there and be a nuisance.

We Need A Resolution - Aaliyah

7 comments:

Sha said...

Typically if there are 2 patrons, the 2 patrons order 2 shots..only 2 are placed down. If in fact there are 3 shots, in most instances the bartender themselves plan to indulge with you. Usually your are charged for 2 and the 3rd is on the bartender(for he/she drank it)

LittleTortilla stays in DC said...

Sha summed it up.

Jamal said...

I agree with Sha as well.....

Bashful said...

I agree with Sha as well...

nickels said...

exhale?! ugh.

i've learned something about bar/tender etiquette today.

so if the 3rd drink was intended for the bartender, based on what sha described, since you two drank it, that's why she charged you for it?

hmm. interesting.

Janelle said...

Go back and knock humpty dumpty off her wall, son!!!!

Ummm, you may not want to listen to me since I have no bail money. hahahahahahahaaa

Miss Black River said...

I've never been comped a shot or anything by a bartender. It's time for me to upgrade to some of these spots you frequent.