Are you looking to switch things up on your next night out but don’t know how to order cocktails? Our Happy Hour and weekday specials are the perfect way to explore how to order at a bar and try new things. You may already know your drinks that you typically like to order, but we’ll share how to move beyond your comfort zone and expand your horizons. With a Happy Hour special featuring our signature cocktails and $10 sushi rolls, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to indulge in variety.
For many people, the college experience is an education in alcohol. Formal education in ordering adult beverages and understanding what’s in them usually comes much later, leading to embarrassing situations at the bar. When you’re wondering, “What drink should I get?” Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when you’re out with friends and colleagues:
1. Ask questions – As the old saying goes, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Everyone knows what it’s like to be a beginner and learning how to order a drink in one of those moments. Although you may feel dumb asking questions, you’ll look worse not asking when you had an opportunity to do so. Like any other expert, a bartender will be happy to share their expertise unless they’re very busy. If they aren’t available, they will have a menu available to look over. Here are a few questions you shouldn’t ask to avoid complete embarrassment:
2. Bar lingo – Learning bar terminology can go a long way when ordering drinks. Your bartender will know exactly what you mean when you make a request, and you will impress your friends. To avoid confusion or embarrassment, use these terms when you get a drink:
3. Basics – One of the easiest ways to avoid embarrassment when you get a drink at a bar is to know your drinks. With so much variety with beer and wine, it can be helpful to understand the differences in temperature, fermentation, and region. Here are a few popular choices to begin with:
4. Taste – When you don’t know how to order a drink, ask for a sample! You may not be able to do this with liquor, but most bars will allow you to sample wine or beer. If the bar is really busy, you may have a hard time getting one, but most restaurants will oblige. Another way to avoid embarrassment when you don’t know how to order a drink is to ask for a flight. It will usually include a variety of alcohol samples like mimosas, craft beers, and wines. This will help you determine which drink to order in full size.
5. Cocktail menu – If you’re still wondering, “What drink should I get?” get a drink from the cocktail menu to keep things simple. The menu will be a showcase of what that particular establishment does best.
6. Prepare – If you know the bar, restaurant, or other location you’re going to, check out the menu in advance, so you know what you’re getting yourself into. Spend some time thinking about the spirits and flavors you enjoy the most. This will give the bartender an idea of where to start when making your first drink.
Our weekly Happy Hour is the best destination for winding down after a long day of work. Our signature cocktails, beer, and wine are all half off, coupled with $10 sushi rolls. If you don’t know how to order at a bar, start with these fun options from our menu:
Pair these drinks with any of our sushi rolls like Spicy Tuna Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, and many more. Enjoy other seafood options from our Raw bar or small plates from our Bites menu. We are here to serve you!
Call to reserve a table or visit our website today for our Happy Hour specials!