Whether you’re going to happy hour with co-workers or a friend’s birthday party, you will probably spend an unnecessary amount of money on drinks. But what’s even worse is that you are not in control of how much you’re getting for your buck–the person behind the bar is. So while you might shell out $10 for a gin & tonic, you could be getting less than what you paid for. Say whaaat?
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Jon Taffer, host of Spike TV‘s Bar Rescue, told 20/20 what to look out for so you don’t get ripped off at a bar. One bartender trick he described is the “short pour,” which is when crushed ice is used in drinks to give the illusion of more liquor. You would think crushed ice, which is smaller than cubed ice, would make more room in your glass for liquor? Not so. Cubed ice, since it’s more compact, actually takes up less space. Taffer explained, “I’m going to charge you for a full drink and give you about half a drink. … You won’t know it. I’m going to rip you off and you’re going to be happy the entire time.”
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The best way to know you’re getting what you paid for is to order bottled beer. It’s sealed until the bartender pops the cap right before your eyes, so makes sense.