How to get served at the bar first

Prepare yourself for the usual Friday night pub crush with our four-point guide to getting a drink before you grow a beard.

1 Position yourself carefully. "The best place to stand is at the bartender's station, or where he is actually making the drinks. The farther away from the station, the longer you'll have to wait," says Vincent McGrath, director of food and beverage at the Savoy.

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2 Look prepared. "Having the money in your hand can help, but the brash man waving a £50 note will often be avoided," says Nick House, founder of Mahiki and Whisky Mist. "Also, try to catch the barman's name by listening to the bar team talking."

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3 Appearances count. "A good percentage of arm candy always helps," says Dan Kapp, communications director at Movida, "so put your girlfriend in front of you. Cleavage and beauty will always be served first."

 

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4 Do your homework. "Study the barman before you reach the front of the queue. See where he automatically goes. It's natural for bartenders to scope a specific area of the bar," advises William McBean, general manager of the Electricity Showrooms, Hoxton Square. "Whatever the reason they'll always return to this point."