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Top 10 Things Bartenders Know… That You Don’t!

No matter how experienced a barfly you may be, rest assured that your friendly neighborhood bartender has seen and heard it all during his or her time slinging pints and mixing drinks in your local watering hole. According to Joe Bruno, director at the American Bartenders School of New York, these are the most common facts that the majority of people imbibing are unaware of.

• Fruit from the garnish tray (with fingers in and out of it all night) isn’t the cleanest thing to put in your mouth.

• The high price of a drink isn’t necessarily based on the quality of ingredients, but more so on whatever price is commonly accepted at popular local bars in comparison. Owners come to the realization that “If the busy bar down the block charges $15 a drink, why shouldn’t I?”

• Some alcohol is labeled as gluten free, for those with allergies to grain; which the majority of alcohol is made from.

• Some glasses are specifically designed to make it look as if there is a lot of product in the glass, when in reality an indentation in the bottom of the glass takes up interior surface area.

• Time is the only true cure for intoxication. Coffee doesn’t do anything to speed up sobriety.

• Ask for your favorite brand by name if you’re a picky drinker…otherwise you’re getting the cheap stuff on the speed rack.

• If tap beer lines aren’t cleaned regularly, the beer tastes bad.

• Shot specials usually involve very low cost (and sometimes inferior quality liquor) with a very sweet mixer to mask the bad flavor.

• Some bars (illegally) refill premium brand product bottles with inexpensive off brands to fool customers.

• Your girlfriend/boyfriend is cheating on you.