Good bartenders know the Responsible Service of Alcohol laws, but the best bartenders actually believe in them and make them a part of everything they do.
So, what are the 3 things the best bartenders know that you don’t?
They know when you’ve had too much to drink for one thing, even though you may not agree with them.
They’re trained to look out for the signs of inebriation and, if you exhibit them, the best bartenders will
stop serving you for your own good,
These signs include:
Slurring or unclear speech
Clumsiness, such as fumbling with your change
Staggering or swaying on your feet
Confusion or lack of understanding
Abusive language or physical aggression.
It’s not just for your own good either. Bartenders are required by law to refuse service to a person they
believe is intoxicated and they face prosecution along with their employer if they fail to do so.
The best bartenders also know if you’re under 18. If they suspect you are, they’ll ask for your ID and
they’re pretty good at spotting fake ones. They know the signs to look for, which include:
Height and body weight that doesn’t match yours
Fuzzy numbers or letters
Bumps or rough edges
Red eye in the photograph.
If they’re not convinced, the best bartenders will ask for more ID, such as a credit card. If you can’t
satisfy them, they won’t serve you, because it’s their responsibility if they get it wrong.
The third thing the best bartenders know is what constitutes a standard drink. Drinks are standardised
not just for commercial reasons, but so you can tell how much you’ve had and whether you should be
driving home. Standard drinks are:
Beer – 285ml (a middy)
Light beer – 570ml (2 middies)
Red or white wine – 100ml
Fortified wine or port – 60ml
Champagne – 100ml
Spirits – 30ml
Of course, any bartender can refuse you service, but the best bartenders are those who do it with
friendliness and tact and even go out of their way to call you a cab if you shouldn’t be driving.
That’s because the best bartenders don’t just pay lip service to the responsible service of alcohol, they
regard it as doing you a favour, even though you may not see it that way at the time.The best bartenders also get the best training. CFT International has Responsible Service of Alcohol
courses that cover legislation in every state and territory.