RSSThe Bar Bitch

Camping Anyone?

Camping Anyone?

| July 9, 2012 | 5 Comments

Summer in Annapolis always has the town packed to the brim with visitors. Especially with the recent storm, record high temperatures and elongated power outages, most people have felt the need to get out, or rather, get “in”, to an air conditioned restaurant. Let me be the first to remind you though, that even though […]

Continue Reading

To Own Or Not To Own….Is It Even A Question?

To Own Or Not To Own….Is It Even A Question?

| March 5, 2012 | 4 Comments

It’s amazing how much ammunition I’ve been able to gather in the past several months of hiatus from my blog! What an interesting ride it’s been: three different restaurant jobs in the past six months and I finally truly think I may be one of the most qualified people in town to write this blog. […]

Continue Reading

Blogger Don’ts

Blogger Don’ts

| September 7, 2011 | 1 Comment

With the invention of the Internet, and more specifically the invention of blogging, anyone now can claim to be a world renowned critic. At what point can we disregard blog-obsessed know-it-alls? Granted, you may think I’m calling the kettle black; but I don’t fancy myself the be-all and end-all of restaurant knowledge, and clearly only […]

Continue Reading

Oh Nah Uh

Oh Nah Uh

| August 9, 2011 | 9 Comments

It has come to my attention that it does not matter if you work at Ruth’s Chris or McDonald’s, there are always going to be customers that try to scam the system. Take for example a situation I encountered recently at work: Imagine a bustling Saturday night, people crammed into our small waiting area by […]

Continue Reading

Not my ID-ea of a good time

Not my ID-ea of a good time

| May 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Oh spring just brings out the best in people, doesn’t it? It’s so much fun to spend hours outside while the days start to get longer and warmer, and who doesn’t enjoy a cocktail this time of year? I, for one, am all about it. I am NOT all about obnoxious midshipmen and their families […]

Continue Reading

I Need Some Yelp Here!

I Need Some Yelp Here!

| January 26, 2011 | 2 Comments

In day to day life, everyone has the chance of encountering all sorts of different people. Sometimes those people are genuinely very nice, and other times they are flat out obnoxious. Take for example a customer I waited on a few weeks ago. It was a busy weekday night and this particular gentleman was seated […]

Continue Reading

Merry Merry!

Merry Merry!

| December 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

Merry Christmas to you all you Annapolitans out there! As you’re celebrating the holidays and gearing up for the New Year, don’t forget about your hard working servers out there. We get a lot of guests coming in to the restaurant and reconnecting with old friends during the holidays. One thing I notice this time […]

Continue Reading

I Work Hard For The Money

I Work Hard For The Money

| December 9, 2010 | 1 Comment

I was faced with the unusual, but not altogether rare, situation last week where I was over-tipped. And when I say “over-tipped” I don’t mean a generous table that had left me more than the typical 18-20%. I’m pretty sure that my customers at this particular table left me a fifty dollar bill when in […]

Continue Reading

Annapalooza!

Annapalooza!

| August 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

Yes, after a summer of some travel and a little R&R, the Bar Bitch has returned. But before I head back behind the rail, I took a detour to Annapalooza! This past Saturday nearly 4000 Annapolitans donned their sunscreen and dancing feet and headed over to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for the first annual […]

Continue Reading

Ooops, Did I Just Talk Back?

Ooops, Did I Just Talk Back?

| July 29, 2010 | 2 Comments

Every now and then a customer can irk a server so badly that we have to refrain from making inappropriate comments and risk losing our jobs. There are times, however, that our inner monologue somehow seems to rear its ugly head before we have time to register the course of events that has just transpired. […]

Continue Reading

Best Customer Complaints…..Ever!

Best Customer Complaints…..Ever!

| July 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

Well hello my fellow readers. Been a busy summer so far, doing a bit of traveling as well as researching for my future columns. I spent some time on the west coast and realized how generally happy the servers and bartenders are over there. Come to think about it, people in general are much happier […]

Continue Reading

I’m Not Taking My Metal Detector To The Beach, I’m Taking It To Dinner!

I’m Not Taking My Metal Detector To The Beach, I’m Taking It To Dinner!

| June 23, 2010 | 3 Comments

I received an email from one of my readers who seems a little irked by some of the new “fashion trends” sported by the hipsters and the more brazen of today’s youth. Here’s what he wrote: Dear Bar Bitch– While you are good at dishing the dirt about customers that rub you the wrong way, […]

Continue Reading

The Bar Bitch Turns The Other Cheek

The Bar Bitch Turns The Other Cheek

| June 8, 2010 | 7 Comments

It has been brought to my attention that one of my frequent commentors has a blog of her own–well actually several. It’s actually pretty hilarious from a server’s point of view and if you’re looking for a good laugh, check it out.  I might just post an excerpt from her blog at the end of […]

Continue Reading

Excuuuuuuse Me?

Excuuuuuuse Me?

| June 3, 2010 | 4 Comments

So, I just got home from work and was so irked by this woman tonight I had to vent, the dog wasn’t having any of it, so here you go! I was in the middle of taking an order from one of my tables when I spy out of the corner of my eye, two […]

Continue Reading

Here’s a Tip For You…

Here’s a Tip For You…

| May 26, 2010 | 10 Comments

Since the topic of “tipping” seemed to draw a lot of attention last week, I wanted to touch on that topic today. I did a bit of research regarding tipping in the United States and what it entailed. Sources say that 15-20% is the standard gratuity for a server, with 15% being the minimum and […]

Continue Reading

StereoTIPPING

StereoTIPPING

| May 19, 2010 | 55 Comments

Ah, the elusive tipping. Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant will tell you that many stereotypes exist when it comes to tipping. Wikipedia defines a stereotype as “a commonly held public belief about specific social groups or types of individuals”. Foreigners. When polled about what they liked least about visiting the United States, […]

Continue Reading

Kids

Kids

| May 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

Kids. They’re great. I don’t have any myself but after teaching, coaching, and babysitting, I’m ready to give them back after my allotted time. Sure when I have my own it will probably be different, but cleaning up after kids in the restaurant makes me realize that my OCD could never handle it on a […]

Continue Reading

No Reservations

No Reservations

| April 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

I read an article recently in Restaurant and Hospitality Magazine which really got me thinking about what people expect when they go out to dinner. In a nutshell, the article discussed proper etiquette on the part of the restaurant and the customer when it comes to dinner reservations. Is it okay for a restaurant to […]

Continue Reading

There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

| April 21, 2010 | 2 Comments

We all know people who are very conservative when it comes to spending, but there are some people that take it a bit too far. Here are a few of my favorite examples. If you’ve ever been to a restaurant you’ll notice a pretty standard course of events. You’re seated; your server brings you drinks, […]

Continue Reading

Going Mobile

Going Mobile

| April 14, 2010 | 2 Comments

About a week ago a minor accident at work caused me to be sans cell phone for four whole days. It was the most stress I have experienced in years. It really made me think about cell phones and our immense dependency on them. Women are giving birth these days and babies are popping out […]

Continue Reading

Did That Waitress Just Flirt With Me?

Did That Waitress Just Flirt With Me?

| April 6, 2010 | 10 Comments

Doubtful! I met this guy a while back who admitted to recognizing me from my restaurant. He said “Don’t you remember me? I was there with a big birthday party and I sat at the end of the table? You were our waitress and you couldn’t stop flirting with me”. Granted, I do remember a […]

Continue Reading

I Am Server, Hear Me Roar!

I Am Server, Hear Me Roar!

| March 31, 2010 | 11 Comments

I am an avid believer that everyone should work in the service industry for a few weeks out of their life. Screw community service in high school, require teenagers to work as a server, host, cook, whatever for a solid 2-3 weeks. I think then everyone will understand the crap that we have to deal […]

Continue Reading