Bar Taboos


Bad behavior is a problem in bars. Here is a short guide of what not to do in a bar, mostly from the perspective of those who see this occur here in Davis. A short version might be "don't do anything stupid", but here's the long version:

False Identification

    1. False Identification
    2. Smoking
    3. Tipping
    4. Drinking too much
    5. Violence or other unwanted physical actions
    6. Other actions or activities

People have been trying to pass fake IDs ever since there have been age restrictions on the consumption of alcohol. Trying to use a fake ID at a bar is a serious matter. If you're under 21 and want to drink, do it with friends at home, not in a bar don't break the law and be a good citizen!


There will almost always be smokers near the local bars. There will also always be non-smokers present. Cities around the nation have instituted regulations regarding this issue


Bar tenders notice your tipping habits and hence during future orders you are more likely to get good service if you tip. For more information on tipping practices see Tipping.

Drinking too much

We have all experienced this, either through friends or via our own actions. If it appears you have had too much to drink you might not be able to enter the bar, may be asked politely to leave or may just be asked to drink some water or other substance to sober up a bit. This is for your safety as well as others around you. Some actions as the result of excessive drinking lead to penalties:

Violence or other unwanted physical actions

Other actions or activities

Disrespecting any of the staff whether they be security personnel, bar-staff, wait-staff or any other employee will be grounds to have you removed from the premises. This includes but is not limited to:

These are very basic things you do not want to do when visiting a bar. They happen every single day at many different establishments and continue to be a problem. The bars are there for your enjoyment. They are there for everyone to enjoy themselves and their friends in a social environment.

Be nice to your bars and their staff members and they will be nice to you.


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2011-04-08 22:56:13   Is this page truly needed? Does it need to be added to every single page that has to do with alcohol? It was obviously created by a jaded person that works in a bar. In short... this page sucks. —stevie13

2012-02-04 02:05:53   This page is a joke from a bunch of ego tripping bartenders and bouncers. just serve my drinks and leave the attitude at home. —nathanvazquez

2012-08-31 10:17:29   I'm Barnabas Truman, local wiki legend, and I approve of this page. While it would be nice to think that the only rule that any establishment needs is "Don't do anything stupid," my experience as a teacher suggests that quite a lot of people are unable to understand vague directions and need something more specific. —BarnabasTruman

2013-08-24 08:11:59   oh god is it really frowned upon to draw animals i also tip
i just draw cats to show bartenders i like them nooooooooooooooooooo :( —HannahToru

2013-08-24 17:06:51   It's insulting/disrespectful to draw a cute picture on the bill? Can we delete that one? —RyanMeyerhoff

2013-08-24 21:12:41   This page has very little to do with Davis. —MikeyCrews

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