There are good bars, great bars and fraud bars! I figured a fraud one recently at a round of drinks with friends. A cocktail mentioning Cuban used cheap Indian rum and the server had the audacity to smile it off and pass a remark, 'Looks like you are from the industry.' Clearly they knew what they were doing and their intention was to cheat. And hence, this piece so that you are not caught unaware.Here are a few things which you should notice to avoid trickery perpetrated for bigger profits.Beer BucketsWhen was it the last time you checked the expiry of beer you are drinking out of those honey-trap beer offers. You should; once in a while and you will be aghast.
When was it the last time you checked the expiry of beer you are drinkingCheaper SubstitutesMany bars would mention X on the menu and give you a cheaper Y. Many a times the Y may not be of bad quality and is a pleasant drink however the deceit is in passing you a Y in the name of a more expensive X. Examples would include replacing a said spirit with cheaper ones, Cointreau a premium orange liqueur replaced with a generic triple sec, Tequila replaced with a local agave spirit etc. It is very much prevalent in the 'fraud bars' and once you figure them; avoid them as you wouldn't want adulteration in your experience which may be seen in their food too.
Many bars would mention X on the menu and give you a cheaper YShort poursPeg measures or jiggers used in commercial establishments have a government seal to ensure a pour size of 30/60 ml. Many use fancier ones and many of those are a 25/50 pour. You are short-changed at every drink. You can only imagine what could happen with cocktails in establishments like these.
Peg measures or jiggers used in commercial establishments have a government sealExtra BillingThe ones who cross their drinking limits are the consumers these fraud bars are looking for. One only wakes up the next day to figure out the scam in their bill and the only thing one can do about it is to start drinking responsibly.
The ones who cross their drinking limits are the consumers these fraud bars are looking forImitation liquorMany restaurateurs resort to buying a lot of liquor from the grey market for easy profits and the authenticity of this liquid is a big question mark. The next time you find your favourite spirit travelling a different lane, you better change yours and head to a different bar.
Many restaurateurs resort to buying a lot of liquor from the grey market for easy profitsIn a survey it is found that bartenders are one of top professionals that customers are comfortable to speak to. The customers trust in their bartenders and there are many such bars and bartenders which focus on guest experience and delight. The idea of this article is not to malign the bartending community, I am a part of it, the purpose is to expose the phony businesses by educating you consumers such that you question and a real drink prevails.Cheers!
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