8 tricks bars use to get you to spend more money, according to a bartender
- Experienced bartenders can be experts in getting patrons to spend more money than they intended.
- Fluffy language, exclusive holiday cocktails, and happy hour "deals" are simple ways bartenders can walk away with a bigger tip - and you walk away with a larger-than-anticipated bill.
- Upselling is a common trend across industries - and bars are no exception. Make sure to ask for well spirits if you're trying to avoid an up-charge.
- Here are eight tricks to look out for on your next trip to your local bar, according to a bartender.
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With bottom-line sales being the name of the game, it's no secret - bartenders like me are adept in the art of getting you to spend more money.You may not even realize the subtle ways we're influencing you to spend more money. Some techniques are in your face, like giving long, descriptive language for cocktails that make you more likely to order one. Others are invisible by design, like taking the dollar signs out of menus, distancing yourself from the idea that you're spending money.Advertisement
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If you're aim is to have as budget-friendly of a night as possible, you'll want to watch out for these eight techniques next time you're ordering a drink.Here are some of the tried and true ways my bartender peers and I get you to increase the tally on your bar tab.
At some bars, you'll rarely see an actual dollar sign on the menu
Bartenders will use elegant-sounding language to describe simple drinks and entice you to order anotherAdvertisement
We'll try to upsell you off the bat
If you're celebrating something, you will be aggressively upsoldAdvertisement
Holiday cocktails and other themed drinks are often pricier variations on generic, cheaper drinks
Some bars offer customers salty snacks that will make them thirstyAdvertisement
They offer drink "deals" that actually get you to spend more
Rather than cut you off, we'll sell you the less-strong stuffAdvertisement
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