21 rules for Bartenders and Bar Owners - from 1884.
From the Book: "The Complete Bartender - The Art of Mixing plain and fancy Drinks" - Albert Barnes, Metropolitain Hotel New York City, 1884:
The Bartender's Bible Maxims
- Be neat and clean in dress
- Keep your bar in the same condition
- Keep your tumblers free from finger marks and grease.
- Have your bottles carefully labelled and in their proper places
- Should you keep a fancy bar, see that the various articles are arranged to the best advantage.
- Keep your mirrors like polished gold, for they are the most noticed of all adornments
- See that the floor is well kept and the spittoons in such places that the customers will not fall over them
- Be polite and attentive, but not intruding
- Know when to talk and when to keep silent
- Avoid profanity in yourself, do not notice it in others
- Drink as little as possible behind your own bar
- Keep pure liquors for a good trade.
- Never overcharge a stranger
- Do not encourage arguments, and when in one be uncommittal
- Be as honest to yourself as to your customers. This rules works both ways.
- A poor man may be a gentleman, as well as a rich one - don't forget it.
- Know your rights and protect them.
- Regular hours for business, and attend to your business.
- Look cheerful and happy, even thought you feel blue and heavy.
- Always keep sober
- Never sell to a drunkenk man, by so doing you place yourself within the power of the law
I found this as a scan at the Canadian Professional Bartender Association. Cheers to Canada ! Go and visit them at FB : www.facebook.com/canadianbartenders
I love 16... but, to be honest. I love them all!