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Party Foul: Understaffed Bar


A few Fridays ago, I attended the opening of a new club. The party was great; there was no line to get in, our names were actually on the list, it wasn't overcrowded, and the music was perfect! What put me in a bad mood very quickly was the wait to get a drink. The bar was completely understaffed. I stood at the front of the bar trying to get the bartender's attention for a half an hour! I know it's hard to make a lot of drinks super quickly — I was a bartender once — but the owner should know how many bartenders are needed based on the amount of people invited.

This is something to consider when hosting any party — a wedding, a birthday, or a shower — with a staffed bar. If you don't want guests (or bartenders) getting cranky because they had to wait forever for a cocktail, be sure your bar is staffed appropriately.

So what's the longest you've ever had to wait to get a drink? Have you ever left a party or bar because it took too long to get served?

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