What you should keep in mind
Bar owners are running a business, and like any other business owner, they would like to make as much profits off their clients as possible so the clients they are going to love or hate is mainly determined by how these clients relate to their ultimate goal of maximizing profits. Many times though there may be other things not related to profits that may determine whom they like and who they hate, but bottom line would be those who are bad for business are going to be hated and those who are good for business are going to be loved.
Types of clients bar owners love
The big spenders: the big spenders are those clients who come in and spend a lot of money buying drinks and stuff. They are usually rich and keep buying rounds for their friends and at times even strangers or the entire bar. Such clients may be show offs but the amount of money they spend in one night will leave the bar owner smiling and they may not worry much about their character.
The regular: The regular client turns the bar into part of their routine, they will come in either every day or every weekend and spend a reasonable amount of money. It may not be as much as the big spender, but it is an assured amount. The bar owner knows that they count on the regular to come in and spend not less than a certain amount. Regulars are loyal clients, they will not care that a new bar opened down the street, they just like that bar and will keep going there and bringing their friends there to.
The friendly client: The friendly clients is a joy to be around, they are well humoured, they take a genuine interest in other people and make everyone feel good about themselves, not only does the bar owner like them, but also the other customers. Even if the friendly client comes to the bar without money, they somehow will get the other clients to buy them drinks and that is more money for the bar owner.
The good tipper: Many bar owners do not pay their staff a lot because they hope they will make up for that with tips, this means that the clients who tip well are helping the bar owner keep his staff happy and paid.
Types of clients Bar owners hate
Cheap clients: these clients would have loved to have free drinks at the bar, not because they do not have money but because they do not like to spend, so they decide to look for the cheapest drinks. They drink the cheapest beer, they do not like to buy drinks for their friends and never drink much.
Fighters: These ones regardless of whether they spend much or not, they will be hated by bar owners because they are always causing disruption, fighter get drunk and engage in unnecessary confrontations with other clients or even with the staff at the bar, they break things and make everyone uncomfortable. They are just bad for business.
Complainers: Complainers do not always have genuine complaints; they just enjoy complaining about everything. They can complain about the shape of their glass, the lighting in the bar, the fact that someone else got served before them and so on. In most cases, they complain with the hope they will be given free stuff as compensation. They are just a pain and it is a wonder why they keep coming back to the bar.
Disrespectful clients: There are so many of these ones at bars, they treat the staff like they are slaves, snap their fingers when calling a waiter or waitress, expect to be treated like kings and act like they own the world so everyone should bow down to them. Sometimes if they are spending a lot it is a comfort but still it is much better when they are not there.
Those who won’t leave: As much as bar owners like to have a full bar and say you are welcome, they also have a closing time and appreciate it if everyone respected that. Clients who refuse to leave even after closing time become a headache. It is like being forced to work overtime at your job.
Which client are you?
So now you have an idea which clients are hated and loved by bar owners, are you able to identify any of these traits in you? Sometimes it is not so easy and the bar owner may not tell you directly so the best thing is to just try and be good for the business and you will be one of those loved.