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BARTENDER’S TIPS #1) Towels

Towels are an important and often overlooked tool in the bartender’s toolbox.

Bars accumulate a variety of detritus,  Water, liquor, beer, wine, juice, soda and shredded beverage napkins coalesce to form a swamp that requires constant excavation.

Bar towels are the tool that enables you to clean and most importantly, earn.

(Upon arrival at work grab 4 towels.  (If towels are not provided for you buy cheap dish towels at at Dollar General or CVS.

You can thank me later).

Towel #1 should be moistened and placed close to your register.  Use this towel to wet your fingers so as to expedite removing cash from the till.  Do NOT lick your hand to accomplish this.  Money is filthy as anyone who has worked in retail can testify.  It is a risk to your health and the health of your guests to distribute saliva.

Additionally, some guests, and I am among them, will not tip a bartender for saliva soaked bills.

Just keep the towel wet and touch it lightly upon placing and/or removing cash from the box.

Towel #2 should be hooked around your belt in the rear as a “tail”.  This will enable you to keep your hands dry, clean and warm.  Ice and liquid can cause your hand to involuntarily contract.  When your hand opens it will tremor involuntarily, creating a perception of nervousness.

This perception can only cost you gratuity earnings.

The 3rd. towel should  be moistened with club soda and be within arm’s reach under the bar.  Use one of the “fluffy” towels for this function as this towel will be the one that is used to wipe down the bar.  Every guest should have their arrival greeted by a cleansing of their space regardless of whether it is needed or not.

The diligent performance of unneeded work is one of the most important aspects of tending bar.

Yes, club soda scours away sugar deposits.  When you are closing have all of the bar towels soaked with club soda so as to leave a sugar-free bar surface.

Finally, your 4th. towel should be a “flat” towel to be used for drying the bar of any spillage and removing any of the moisture left by cleaning the bar with towel #3.

Cheers!

 

 

 

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