The Scotch 'N Sirloin Newbie Bar Guide
So your 21st birthday is coming up and you can’t wait to celebrate with your friends? You should make the night of your 21st birthday an unforgettable one. This is the age at which you can legally order alcohol at restaurants and bars. If you plan to go to a bar with your friends, you may find it a little tricky fitting in the new setting. As a newbie, the environment in a restaurant bar can get a little confusing for you and may lead to awkward moments in some cases. We have provided you with a comprehensive guide to help you be more at ease.

Understand the lingo

You may be aware that there are some terms that professional bartenders commonly use. It is advisable to familiarize yourself with these terms and phrases if you want to look like a bar regular. Below are some of the phrases whose meaning you may want to know before going to a full bar:

  • 2fers – means that you buy one drink and getting another free!
  • Chaser – anything consumed directly after a shooter or straight (neat) shot of alcohol (it eases the strength of the original drink).
  • Cocktail – a mix of alcohol combined with a mixer (like soda or juice) and often shaken.
  • Dirty – adding olive juice to a martini which makes it a Dirty Martini (the more olive juice, the dirtier the martini).
  • Domestic – is used to refer to beers from the United States.
  • Dry – very little vermouth in a martini.
  • Free Pour – to make and mix drinks without measuring the amount.
  • Highball – any liquor mixed with soda, served in a tall glass.
  • Imports – these are beers from other countries.
  • Mixer –non-alcoholic mixes that accompany alcohol in drinks (water, soda, juice, energy drinks etc).
  • Neat – a shot straight out of the bottle without ice in a whiskey glass.
  • On the Rocks –a drink with ice.
  • Sour – the sourness of sour bar mix which are used in many cocktails (such as a Margarita).
  • Straight up – a drink which is shaken in a shaker and strained into a glass (sometimes used interchangeably with neat).


Pick your drink

Exercising some creativity will help you to fit into the bar environment. If you choose a full bar for your birthday celebrations, you can choose to sample cocktails, go for the most popular shots or enjoy your beer. Sex on the Beach, Whiskey Sour, Captain Morgan, Malibu and Jack and Coke are some of the drinks you will enjoy and that will help you to have the time of your life. Go slow on the drinks with high alcohol content.

Pick your clothes

You will have made a major milestone in your life and you will have every right to celebrate this day. The best way to dress would be to pick clothes that are eye-catching but do not draw attention. Ensure that you are comfortable in the clothes you choose and that the clothes will allow you to dance the night away.

Consider keeping it open

If you and your friends will be ordering multiple drinks in the course of the night, you should choose the convenience of keeping it open. This means that you will have a running charge on the drinks, allowing you to make a one-time payment for the total bill. Since you may go to a restaurant bar that has a set minimum for card payments, you should consider paying with cash when possible.

Tip your bartender

Despite doing an extraordinarily tough job, most bartenders earn less than the minimum wage. As a first time bar-goer, you should not forget to appreciate the service you have been offered. Give a generous tip to the bartender who made your drinks.

In the end, you want to make your 21st birthday celebrations memorable. Make sure that you have fun without making a scene or causing drama. Since you will now be of legal drinking age, the Scotch ‘N Sirloin will be happy to celebrate this day with you. Whether you are a newbie or bar regular, you will enjoy the superior services and ambiance of our restaurant bar.