Football season is back in the Lone Star State, and that means bars are about to get busier and rowdier than ever. With excitement in the air, it’s crucial for bartenders, servers, and bouncers to remember how to keep bars safe and fun for everyone. First and foremost, maintaining a safe environment is paramount. Here are some essential tips to ensure everyone has a great time:
1. Stay Vigilant:
Keep a watchful eye on patrons and be aware of any potential trouble brewing. Early intervention can prevent conflicts from escalating. If your establishment has a bouncer, tell them to keep on eye on certain individuals if you think there may be a potential problem. Better safe than sorry.
2. Check IDs Thoroughly:
Make sure every customer is of legal drinking age by checking their IDs carefully. Refusing service to minors is non-negotiable.
3. Limit Overindulgence:
Encourage responsible drinking. Avoid over serving, and know when to cut off patrons who’ve had one too many. Remember, you have the right to refuse service to anyone!
4. Stay Calm and De-escalate:
If a situation starts to get heated, remain calm and try to defuse it peacefully. Remember, safety is the top priority. If this does not work, ask a patron to remove themselves.
5. Communicate Effectively:
Maintain open lines of communication with your team. Bartenders, servers, and bouncers should work together to address any issues swiftly.
6. Crowd Management:
Keep an eye on the crowd’s size and behavior. Ensure there’s enough space to prevent overcrowding.
7. Call for Backup:
If a situation gets out of hand, don’t hesitate to call for assistance from bouncers or security personnel.
8. Know Local Laws:
Familiarize yourself with Texas alcohol laws and your establishment’s policies to ensure compliance.
9. Watch for Signs of Intoxication:
Look out for signs of excessive drinking like slurred speech, stumbling, or aggressive behavior.
10. Provide Transportation Options:
Encourage patrons to use designated drivers, ride share services, or public transportation to get home safely.
11. Make Sure You Are TABC Certified
Finally, here’s a reminder for those who need their TABC certification, Comedy TABC offers an online course that’s not only informative but also entertaining. Whether you’re a bartender, server, or just someone interested in learning, it’s a convenient way to stay informed and certified.
With these tips in mind, we can all enjoy the football season responsibly and ensure that Texas bars remain safe, lively, and fun for everyone. Cheers to a great season!