I was talking to a bartender friend of mine the other day who told me that he's been having a friendly disagreement with the bar owner. The owner is considering having the tavern's bartenders wear shirts emblazoned with the bar's logo, presumably in an attempt to class up a joint that's already plenty classy.
I told the bartender that this was the worst idea I'd ever heard; that seeing these low-key barkeeps in embroidered, matching polo shirts might actually keep me away from this place, since it just doesn't match the vibe this tap is going for.
And no, I'm not going to name the bar in question, either, since its owner is also a friend.
But I am interested to hear what you think. Does seeing bartenders in "uniform" make a place seem more professional, or does it make it feel like T.G.I. Friday's?
For my money, off the top of my head, I can only think of two places where it works: Bryant's Cocktail Lounge and Buck Bradley's. Elsewhere, it just seems pretentious and formal -- which is OK if I'm going for that scene. When I'm grabbing a beer at a corner tavern, though, I like the bartenders to look the patrons. A dress code is fine, I guess, but matching uniforms seems like one step away from "flair."
So use the Talkbacks below and let me know. I'll pass on your answers, pro or con, to the owner.
in a bar where the tenders do other stuff like wait tables and greet guests in the dining room, they should be in uniform, even just a cool shirt with a logo. Doesn't HAVE to look like Fridays. This way, if you need something, you can quickly distinguish between employees and other patrons. oh btw, the word is "FLAIR" not "flare" LOL
Do you like your bartenders in uniform? No, but I like gladiator movies.
As a bartender for the last six years, I actually prefer the "uniform:" it makes getting ready for work ten times easier at least.
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