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Opinion: NYC Restaurants Still Treat Sober People Like Garbage, And It Needs to Stop

Opinion: NYC Restaurants Still Treat Sober People Like Garbage, And It Needs to Stop

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  • The world of non-alcoholic options in bars and restaurants (that goes beyond a Shirley Temple or a club soda with lime) is in such a weird state right now. Some places are openly accepting them and their bartenders are taking the challenge on making unique and delicious concoctions that use syrups, juices

    The world of non-alcoholic options in bars and restaurants (that goes beyond a Shirley Temple or a club soda with lime) is in such a weird state right now. Some places are openly accepting them and their bartenders are taking the challenge on making unique and delicious concoctions that use syrups, juices, and aromatics. And yes, as the article mentions, "Restaurants could make at least $8 off of me with some ginger-blackberry syrup lemon concoction, but I sometimes wind up getting water instead."

    What worries me the most is that bartenders are scoffing at the concept, and to me, this reaction is a beyond pretentious and elitist way to scare off customers, and worse, their friends who enjoy cocktails.

    On a happier note, you're seeing startups like Seedlip and Fizzy Fox Shrub enter the fray, and the majority of bartenders who I've talked to are really excited for them to come into the bar world!

  • We all vote for services with our feet and our wallets. We’re not entitled to anything other than to take our business elsewhere. Establishments don’t owe us the fare of our choosing. It’s their business to run as they see fit. Rolling your eyes at customers is always bad business.

    But thinking bars

    We all vote for services with our feet and our wallets. We’re not entitled to anything other than to take our business elsewhere. Establishments don’t owe us the fare of our choosing. It’s their business to run as they see fit. Rolling your eyes at customers is always bad business.

    But thinking bars must cater to a sober crowd is like insisting that the local Chinese restaurant serve you pizza. The business is free to decide what to offer. And maybe filling their bar with sober patrons will cost them a lot of revenue they don’t want to lose. Their call.