Pride season has now come to an end in the UK for 2019. At Manchester Pride, I offered to work to get an insight into what it’s like on the other side of a bar during a pride event and it opened up my eyes! Below are 9 ways in which we should all behave in a gay bar over pride season.

1) Wait Your Turn

Yes, the bar staff know it’s busy, in-fact their pretty rushed off their feet too. But the staff have properly been given a section of the bar to work. So if you are not in that section they may miss you out. Shouting OI, HEY or MATE will not get you served any sooner if anything it might make your wait a little longer. If someone has been served before you, chances are it was by mistake if the bar is busy like it will be over Pride.

2) Aim and Flush

There is nothing worse than a dirty toilet in a venue, but during pride events, it’s impossible to get into the bathrooms and give them toilets a good clean! It is however not hard to aim (gentlemen) and deposit your pee into the toilet or urinal. Ladies, flush and make sure the toilet roll makes it into the bowl!

2) Have Your Order Ready

It’s Pride, you want to buy your friends drinks and that fantastic, but make sure you know what Billy who is finishing his cigarette outside wants. The bar staff can’t stop serving the rest of the 4 deep bar whilst we wait for Billy to finish his nicotine stick or Jenny to finish off in the toilet!

3) Don’t Moan About The Price Of Drinks

Yes, you’re not going to get your midweek drink offers. Going out for pride in the bars is expensive. The bars don’t need to put these offers on because the bars are packed. But your bar server can’t change the price, in fact, if their till is down it will usually come out of their wages!

4) Pay By Card Or Have Correct Change

In today’s modern times it’s now much quicker and easier to pay with a debit or credit card, it’s even easier if you choose to pay by contactless or Apple Pay. This will speed up the service for your drinks order and help your bar staff serve other customers quicker too. It’s a win-win situation.

5) Know That Bar Staff Work Long Hours

Over Pride, Your bar staff will be doing long hours and serving lots more customers than they normally would on a normal weekend and for the same minimum wage. They’re going to get tired, there going to be a little fed up. It’s their Pride too, even a please, thank you and a “Happy Pride” goes a long way after speaking and ordering from your bar staff. And of course, a tip is always appreciated.

READ – My Experience of working in a Gay Bar in Manchester over Pride 2019.

6) Have Manners & Drink Responsibly

It’s Pride remember, there are lots of people in a very small space, people have been drinking, but still try and have some manners. Try not shoving or pushing. It will only get you upset and put a downer on your night and pride. Try drinking responsibly, by being drunk in a bar it could lead to you or your friends getting kicked out of the bar, some bars also help protect the other bars so if you’re kicked out of one your be kicked out of them all.

7) Dispose Of Plastic Correctly

Your drinks will be served in plastic cups. If they were not could you imagine the amount of broken glass? However, don’t go throwing them behind chairs, under tables, on the floor by the bars. It takes two seconds to leave them on a table or the bar like you would if it was glass. Your bar staff or ’glass collectors’ have to go around picking these dirty squashed cups and paper straws up that have turned to mush and stuck to the floors.

8) Have Your Order Ready

It’s Pride, you want to buy your friends drinks and that fantastic, but make sure you know what Billy who is finishing his cigarette outside wants. The bar staff can’t stop serving the rest of the 4 deep bar whilst we wait for Billy to finish his nicotine stick or Jenny to finish off in the toilet!

8) Aim and Flush

There is nothing worse than a dirty toilet in a venue, but during pride events, it’s impossible to get into the bathrooms and give them toilets a good clean! It is however not hard to aim (gentlemen) and deposit your pee into the toilet or urinal. Ladies, flush and make sure the toilet roll makes it into the bowl!

9) If You Can Tip

Remember your bar staff are giving up their pride to make sure your pride goes well. They will have worked long hours, with very little breaks in-between. If you can leave a little tip, even 50p goes along way. Think if every customer over Pride left 50p for the bar staff, after a 12-hour shift that’s would be a lot of tips, and well deserved for missing out on the Pride weekend.

Any Of Your Own Pet Hates

If you are bar staff and can think of anything else customers do that annoy you or behaviours that you wish would just stop over Pride? LET ME KNOW in the comments below. OR maybe your a customer and there is something bar staff do that annoys you at Pride events or busy times? Again let me know in the comment box.

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1 Comment

  1. I work at some of the gay bars here in Long Beach (Los Angeles area) every year. It gets crazy. You’re right about it all… people get so crazy.

    The trash is insane, the pee on the toilet floor is too much. It’s fun but you’re working about 14-hour shifts… It’s rough.

    So I agree with all of this here! LOL

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