Jim Meehan: PDT Mixologist and AuthorJim Meehan: PDT Mixologist and Author
Signs of a really bad bar you should stay away. I think the first thing is eye contact, when I walk into a bar I'm looking for eye contact. I'm looking for eye contact from the bartender, from the host, from the doormen if I'm getting attitude starting out front and then moving in I know that's a bad sign that's number one [MUSIC] People are the most important part of a bar. Second thing, for sure, is going to be the cleanliness of the bar. The chances the public space isn't clean, that the area behind isn't clean. Definitely ordering a bottled beer in that bar. Nothing on the rocks. And the third is bad service. I'm looking for not only that eye contact. But to be greeted and served promptly. When I'm watching bartenders work, there are some bartenders you can see who are really interested in making their cocktails. They're smiling. They're working with jiggers. You can see by the quality of their tools that they're sort of cocktail geeks. And that's the sort of bar I'll get a drink in. If I go to a bar and It's all vodka drinks in the menu. You can also look around the bar, if everyone's drinking beer chances are it's not a great place to order a cocktail.