Over Pouring Drinks - It Doesn’t Do Anyone Any Favors

Posted by Jacob Mitchell on

I know. I’ve been there too. A customer that you like asks for a “strong” drink. Well, he or she has probably had one or two already and likely has poor (ha!) judgement. Here is what happens when we over pour a drink:

1. It hurts the bar as a business

Prices of drinks are decided based on the cost of alcohol, wage of workers, and the general cost of keeping the doors open at a bar. If we over pour that makes one little ding in the wallet of the owner. Yes, at the time, you might get an extra tip or a smile from the customer, but is it worth it if the bar itself has to close its doors? Then we’re out of a job and the customer now has to go to a place he or she doesn’t like as much. 

2. It hurts the customer

Tell me I’m wrong. When was the last time someone asked for a “strong” drink on their first one? For the most part this happens after he/she has had a few. I’ve even felt this way. I get a little buzz going and I want to keep it going and my drunk brain says “more alcohol!”  It’s the bartender’s job to keep the safety of the customers in mind always. A good buzz is great, but it easily and quickly tips to too drunk and bad decisions like driving drunk. A trick many bartenders use is to float a splash of alcohol on the top of the drink so when they take their first sip it sure seems strong!

3. It hurts you

There are different laws for different states, but regardless if you live in the US it is illegal to serve someone who is noticeably intoxicated if they pose any threat to themselves or others. You can get into legal trouble quickly by over serving and over pouring. Double check your state’s laws (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alcohol_laws_of_the_United_States

Over pouring makes many drinks taste bad and it’s not how a drink is meant to be made. If a recipe calls for 1 shot, that is 1 oz of liquor. I know some bars serve 1.5 ounces in a shot, but technically even that is wrong. We have a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. 

Am I making too big of a deal about this? Do you agree or disagree? 


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