Tom, I know a TON of bartenders in the area. They all go to Front Page when they’re not working.
I’m not sure if they all get a discount or what… but I know it’s a bartender haven.
When the page first opened, it was one of the busiest bars in arlington. wednesday nights were like a weekend in dewey. It was one of the few places people could go and dance (grill and ballroom were others, but there werent always bands there). Really until union jacks opened up, page was packed weds-sun.
I think the long tenure of the bartenders is what probably initially enticed other area bartenders to show up. bartenders tend to know each other as well as hook each other. Plus its pretty much a locals/regulars bar now, AND it has nice tvs. Interestingly enough, all the original bartenders are gone (Marek, Tom Cain, Old Tom, James, Kady, Melissa, Colleen, Dave) and its the 3rd and 4th generation bartenders who are there now. Still, Abby is really good and super nice, Brian is very personable, and Alex is as good as anyone in arlington. Plus, there are three or four bartenders who are Cowboys fans, so that can be entertaining all on its own.
Shark, let us not consider stronger and free drinks.
Do they remember your name or face? Do they know your drink? Are their drinks good? Do they know their product? Are they attentive and at the same time unobtrusive? Do they serve patrons in the order in which they arrived to the bar? Are they smiling/entertaining? Do they cut off obviously intoxicated patrons? Are they fast?
Those are just some of the questions you can use in determining best v. worse.
I need to add Hard Times to my worst list. Straight-up ignored for over 5 minutes on a slow night while the bartender spoke with the guest next to us. Tried to get her attention…but nothing. That’s my all time pet peeve.
Thanks for all the feedback everyone!
So as usual with these types of topics, you have to visit every single place mentioned and report back. Pretty sure it’s a requirement.
Hard Times used to be my go-to spot. The turnover of the bartenders there is amazing. I literally knew all of them at one point. But, one by one all of them left and now I know none of them.
Apparently the manager over there is the culprit. Very difficult to work for is the feedback all of them gave me.
@newty, really! That’s wild, I didn’t notice the correlation at all. Probably due to my infrequent visits. Making friends with bartenders (and managers) definitely helps out a lot, it’s a big reason behind me hitting up Elephant & Castle/Pour House/Vapiano M Street whenever I’m in DC.
Then based off that I would say Front Page, CarPool, Liberty, CGrill, and Sullys all have pretty good bartenders: At every single one of those places, there are multiple bartenders that great me as soon as I walk in, know not just my name, but what I drink (this is probably the most impressive because I usually order one of five cocktails), make above average tasting drinks, and typically serve in the order in which the patrons come up to the bar. They will give “cut the line passes” for well known regulars, but they certainly aren’t serving whomever happens to be closest to them first. I rarely wait more than a minute or two for a drink unless its slammed, and at that point I understand thats just the nature of the business.
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