As a bartender, I’ve had countless times when a patron told me they didn’t like the drink I made them.
Admittedly, it always stings a little to hear this.
But like in any other situation, there’s a right way and a wrong way for you to handle your dissatisfaction.
It’s when I find out after the fact — when the problem is too late to fix — that this phenomenon goes from mildly perturbing to becoming a top pet peeve. More irksome than all those annoying drink orders I judge you for.
Why? Because you’ve failed to take advantage of the single aspect I most love about bartending: If you dislike the drinks I made for you, I can just as easily make it disappear and create a different, better one for you.
But maybe you don’t know what to say, or how to say it. After all, no one wants to be that guy.
Fear not: Here’s exactly what you should and shouldn’t do if your drink doesn’t spark joy.