What’s worse than being taken by a less-than-honest bar? Taking ill after drinking at a unhygienic one. Mary bars (and even restaurant bar areas) have far lower sanitary standards than restaurant kitchens, opening the door to illness, To stay safe…
Check the cutting board behind the bar. These cutting boards are typically made of white plastic. If you see significant discoloration, do not order any drink that includes sliced fruit such as a lime or lemon wedge. The discoloration could be the result of a bacterial contamination.
Skip the cherry. Bartenders tend to take maraschino cherries from a big jar that is kept behind the bar. Although new cherries likely are added to this jar regularly, the juice these cherries sit in might not have been changed in months or even years.
Watch how the bartender holds glasses. If you see the bartender touch the rims or interiors of other customers’ glasses, order a bottled beer, which does not require a glass…or walk to the other end of the bar and order from a different bartender.
Source: Bottom Line Personal November 2017
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