The first Kenyon Wednesday is upon us again. On future Wednesdays (and other more weekend-y days) there may come a time when you’re of age with money to spend and a insatiable desire to get your drink on at the classiest joint in town, the Village Inn. Whether you consider yourself a VI veteran or you’ve never been before, there is essential etiquette. You can go out and break these rules, but your bar karma will eventually catch up to you, embarrassingly.
For the betterment of all, I’ve outlined the most important elements of VI etiquette below.
“Don’t be a douche.” A friendly VI patron gave me this tidbit, which speaks for itself but it nonetheless worth reiterating. Bartenders are people too. When you come to any bar, you’re putting the trajectory of your night in their hands. Why risk that by acting rudely?
Don’t stand at the end of the bar and expect service. This blocks the waiters who try to get in and out of the bar as quickly as possible. If you do this, the bartender is not going to drop what they’re doing to serve you, you’ll just be ignored.
Come prepared with your order. Brandy, a former VI fixture and bartender, texted this to the bartender I spoke with while I was there:
“Don’t ask for dumb, high maintenance shit when the bartender is swamped…you spoiled brats.”
The VI serves a lot of beer, so when you come in and interrupt a bartender’s flow with your 11-part cocktail, you’re part of the problem. Know what you want, and keep it as simple as possible.
TIP. Seriously guys (and ladies), this can’t be stressed enough. Those of you who worked in restaurants already know this and tip accordingly. Spread the word.
Tipping well is how you build a relationship with your bartender (Nate works Wednesday to Saturday). You’ll get good service. Equally as important, your friends will respect you for being a good person person.
Order the Babymaker. This one comes bartender approved: citrus vodka, lime juice, agave (a honey-like nectar) and water. Side effects include: hooking up with your slam piece and feelings of awesomeness.