HERE’S WHAT A GUY’S DRINK ORDER SAYS ABOUT HIM
Have you ever been out at a bar, seen a group of 10 bros ripping shots, and thought “That’s the kind of person I want to spend the rest of my life with?” If you have, that’s great! If you haven’t, it’s probably because you read the vibe of that group as “We love each other and being tanked more than we love the idea of being settled down right now” and you were right.
I asked Ivy Mix, head bartender and co-owner of Leyenda, a cocktail bar in Brooklyn, New York, what a guy’s favorite drink order says about him. She’s not into stereotyping someone based on what they order – in fact, a lot of the time guys won’t order what you’d expect them to (except for those above-mentioned shot-drinking guys). But here’s what she has noticed about what guys order and why.
1. DOMESTIC BEERS
When a guy goes out to a bar and orders a Budweiser, he’s not into trying new things – especially if he comes to a craft bar and sticks with what he knows. “Branching out makes some people uncomfortable,” Ivy explains. That’s not necessarily a bad thing: “They just want to get what they know.” That translates to a consistent, solid – if a little boring – partner. You’ll have plenty of Netflix date nights and sex that gets you both off in exactly nine minutes.
2. CRAFT BEERS
See above. According to Ivy, he’s “probably slightly afraid of branching out but just a little bit more Brooklyn about it.” Read: he cares about what other people think of his order. Again, it’s not a bad thing, it just means he likes Tacos on Tuesdays and flannels in the winters and craft beers at bars and variation from this routine makes him sassy. He’s a solid boyfriend with a little bit of a betch streak.
3. WHISKEY OR BOURBON STRAIGHT
People who order anything straight or on the rocks are generally Big Boys and Girls. It’s a statement to order whiskey or bourbon straight, Ivy says: “A kid’s not going out and getting a ‘MacAllen on the rocks please.'” If he knows exactly which brand he wants on top of that, he knows what he’s doing in life. He hasn’t had a roommate since college and his place is clean – not just because it’ll make you happy, but because he likes to live his life that way.
4. AN OLD-FASHIONED
Though you’d imagine anything whiskey-centric to also signal Adulthood, that might not be the case. If you’re in a bar that is known for cocktails and he gets an Old Fashioned, Ivy says, “it probably says the same thing that getting a craft beer at a sports bar says about him.” He probably doesn’t know much about cocktails and is just doing what’s comfortable for him. He hung with the craft beer drinkers in college but was the first one to get a serious girlfriend, so he takes his role as group trendsetter seriously. He’ll show you that in the form of lots of dates at super ‘grammable restaurants.
5. VODKA STRAIGHT
College-y, says Ivy. “Bizarre.” He is a most likely a grown man with a pong table in his apartment. How does that make you feel?