You’re finally turning 21. Gone are the days of relying on your older friends to buy you beer. It’s finally up to you to navigate the bar scene by yourself, hopefully without looking like a newbie or making too many mistakes along the way. With these foolproof tips, even the most experienced of bar-goers will never know it’s your first time.
1. Doorman Do’s and Don’ts
2. Bartender, Over Here!
3. Whatcha Drinkin’?
The moral of the story is to at least talk to your friends before approaching the bar instead of assuming you’ll pick your favorite drink on the first try. Chances are, discovering your drink of choice will actually take a while and a lot of taste testing. It took me almost two years of college to realize that my drink of choice is anything containing gin, which is a spirit derived from juniper berries. Who knew I’d love the taste of pine needles so much? Not me.
22-year-old Jordan Sward advises new 21-year-olds to at least have an idea of what kind of liquor they want mixed in their drink. “Sounds simple, but the first time I was asked what kind of vodka I wanted in my mixed drink, I drew a blank. If you don’t have a favorite, say ‘house is fine.’ It’s often the cheapest.” [ed. note: And probably the worst tasting. *gags uncontrollably*]
4. Hey BIG Spender!
5. Just Say ‘No’
Whether you like it or not, turning 21 means that everyone around you is going to try and get you a tad more drunk than you should ever be. Another shocker that most 21-year-olds forget: you can refuse drinks and go on to live a full and healthy life. Actually, I recommend it.
“When I first turned 21 everyone bought me shots,” Barrick said. “And, I drank more than my newbie 21-year-old body should have drank. It’s OK to refuse drinks and shots that others buy you. They’re not the ones that will be suffering the next day with an agonizing hangover.”