Bartender vocabulary



In Hipronary School we are going to teach you the most important vocabulary that you will use while working as bartender at any bar.


Word Meaning
(faɪv ˈhʌndrəd n’ ˌsɪksˈtiːn) I tried a 516 to see if it was as bad as they said, but in fact it was pretty good.
A 516 is  a “Long Island Ice Tea” (also called a “Long Island Iced Tea”) which is a strong alcoholic mixed drink.
(ˈeɪti sɪks) The bouncer down at the bar 86’ed a few drunk bastards who tried to put up a fight with him.
If a bartender runs out of something or wants to get rid of it, she may tell other barstaff to 86 it.
A few
(ə fjuː) I’ll have a few to chill out.
A few is a few drinks of alcohol.
Adult beverage
(əˈdʌlt ˈbevərɪdʒ) Well, I’m gonna drink an adult beverage and an order of fried wings.
An adult beverage is an alcoholic beverage.
Ale beer
(eɪl bɪr) Could you bring me two ales please?
Ale is a type of beer, usually sold in bottles or cans. There are several kinds of ale.
Bar spoon
(bɑːr spuːn) You definitely have to buy a bar spoon, it will be the most useful tool behind your home bar.
A bar spoon is a long-handled spoon used in bartending for mixing and layering of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic mixed drinks.
Bar stool
(bɑːr stuːl) The first time I met her she was at the bar sitting on a stool next to me.
A bar stool or just stool is a tall seat for customers at a bar to sit on.
(bɑːrkiːp) An aloof barkeep feigned a buy-back and charged me for it when paying the bill.
A barkeep is another word for bartender.
(ˈbɑːrli) Don’t you know how to prepare a good Barley?
A barley is a drink made from water and a boiled barley mixture, typically flavored with orange or lemon.
(ˈbɑːrmeɪd) I met the cutest barmaid ever at the new bar.
A barmaid is a woman who works in a bar, serving drinks you can also say bartender.
(ˈbiːkər) I committed the mistake of stopping into a dive and they served my beer into a beaker.
A beaker is typically a non-disposable plastic or ceramic cup or mug without a handle.
Beer belly
(bɪr ˈbeli) Look at the man with the beer belly sitting there, he always come to the bar and leer at the girls without saying a word.
A beer belly is a manʼs very fat stomach, caused by drinking a lot of beer over a long period.
Beer boot
(bɪr buːt) Let’s go to new bar, they serve beer in beer boots.
Beer boots have over a century of history and culture behind them. It is commonly believed that a general somewhere promised his troops to drink beer from his boot if they were successful in battle.
Beer cellar
(bɪr ˈselər) Let’s store this boxes into the beer cellar.
A beer cellar is a room for storing beer below a pub or bar.
Beer engine
(bɪr ˈendʒɪn) I don’t know why, but I prefer the beer from the beer engine rather than bottled beer.
A beer engine is a device for pumping beer from a cask in a pub’s cellar.
Beer goggles
(ˈbɪr ɡɑːɡlz) Bro’ that girl is so phat and is out of your league, so why don’t you put your beer goggles on (drink more alcohol) and low your standards.
You say that somebody is wearing beer goggles when they have drunk too much alcohol and are attracted to somebody that they would not usually find attractive.
Beer mug
(bɪr mʌɡ) I’ve been longing for a cold beer mug for some time now.
A beer mug is a large glass with a handle used for drinking beer.
Beer tower
(bɪr ˈtaʊər) I got speechless when they showed up carrying a beer tower at the party.
A bar tower is also known as portable beer taps or a giraffe, is a beer dispensing device, usually found in bars and pubs.
(ˈbɪri) She leaned away from his stale beery breath.
Beery is a smelling of beer; influenced by the drinking of beer.
Behind the stick
(bɪˈhaɪnd ðiː stɪk) I work as a security guard during mornings that’s my real job, but I’m also moonlighting behind the stick you know.
A slang term for the act of getting behind the bar and doing the work of bartending.
Beverage coaster
(ˈbevərɪdʒ ˈkoʊstər) Don’t put your glass directly on the table, use a beverage coaster to protect it.
Beverage coaster is an item used to rest beverages upon. Coasters protect the surface of a table or any other surface where the user might place a beverage.
(ˈblendər) They set up a successful business out of nothing, they just bought a deep freezer and a couple of blenders to mix fruits and sell beverages.
A blender is an electric machine for mixing soft food or liquid.
(buːz) He was dry for years but now heʼs back on the booze.
Booze is another word for alcohol.
(ˈbrændi) He added a dash of brandy to his coffee.
Brandy is a strong alcoholic drink made from wine.
Brown ale
(braʊn eɪl) A brown ale would go down pretty well, thanks!
Brown ale is a type of mild sweet dark beer sold in bottles.
Buy back
(baɪ bæk) Hey barman why don’t you offer me a buy back! I’ve spent the night buying shots and beer!
A buy back is when a bartender gives a regular customer (patron) a drink “on the house”. This usually occurs after the patron purchases three or more drinks. It keeps the patron buying drinks and gives them satisfaction.
Champagne flute
(ʃæmˈpeɪn fluːt) The barmaid served a different drink in my champagne flute.
A champagne flute a tall narrow glass used for drinking champagne.
(ˈtʃeɪsər) The barman served me a beer with a whisky chaser.
A chaser is a drink that you have after another of a different kind, for example a stronger alcoholic drink after a weak one.
(ʃinˈwɑː) Reduce to about four cups of booze and then strain through a chinois.
A chinois is a conical sieve with an extremely fine mesh. It is used to strain.
(ˈsaɪdər) Why don’t we try this cider.
A cider is an alcoholic drink made from the juice of apples.
Cocktail shaker
(ˈkɑːkteɪl ˈʃeɪkər) The bartender was juggling with three cocktail shakers at a time.
A cocktail shaker is a device used to mix beverages (usually alcoholic) by shaking. When ice is put in the shaker this allows for a quicker cooling of the drink before serving.
Cocktail strainer
(ˈkɑːkteɪl ˈstreɪnər) He used a cocktail strainer to build a new drink.
A cocktail strainer is a metal bar accessory used to remove ice from a mixed drink as it is poured into the serving glass.
(ˈkoʊnjæk) Would you like a cognac with your coffee?
Cognac is a type of fine brandy made in western France.
(ˈkuːlər) I’ve got this taste on my tongue, that summons up images from that time when we were drinking coolers for the first time.
A cooler is a drink with ice and usually wine in it.
(ˈkɔːrkskruː) He selected a red wine and pulled open a drawer to find the corkscrew.
A corkscrew is a tool for drawing corks from wine bottles, beer bottles and other household bottles.
Crushed ice
(krʌʃt aɪs) I want my drink with crushed ice.
Ice cubes that are crushed or sheared into irregularly-shaped flakes may add an interesting aesthetic effect to some cocktails.
(dæʃ) Add a dash of lemon juice.
A dash is a small amount of something that is added to something else, for example some few drops in drinks.
Designated driver
(ˈdezɪɡneɪtɪd ˈdraɪvər) Sorry indeed guys, but I can’t serve you drinks if you don’t tell me who’s gonna be the designated driver.
A designated driver is the person who agrees to drive and not drink alcohol when people go to a party, a bar, etc.
(ˈdɜːrti) Dirty cocktails are mixed with the briny juice from bar olives.
To make a drink “dirty,” means you may slightly change the color and taste by adding or changing some of the essential ingredients
(daɪv) I stopped into a bar on my way home last night to eat some buffalo wings, drink some beer and watch the game. It was a decent bar, not a dive.
A dive is a bar, music club, etc. that is cheap, and perhaps dark or dirty.
Draft beer
(dræft bɪr) Have you tried draft beer before?
Draft beer is beer served from a cask or keg rather than from a bottle or can. Draught beer served from a pressurised keg is also known as keg beer.
Drinking straw
(ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ strɔː) The barmaid brought my beverage without a drinking straw.
A drinking straw is a tube for transferring a beverage from its container to the mouth of the drinker
(drɪŋkwer) The catering service brought a fancy drinkware for the wedding guests.
Drinkware is a general term for the class of vessels from which people drink and it is used to set a table for eating a meal, general glass items such as vases, and glasses used in the catering industry.
Dry ice
(draɪ aɪs) Let’s buy some dry ice for the cooler to keep the beers cold.
Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide used for keeping food, etc. cold.
(draɪ) Yuck!!! This is a dry beer bro’.
In many drinks the definition ‘dry’ means not sweet, or ‘less’ sweet. The term “dry” may be applied to types of beer, wine, distilled spirits, or any other form of alcoholic beverage.
(ˈeɡnɔːɡ) She’s gonna prepare us some eggnog to drink.
Eggnog is an alcoholic drink made by mixing beer, wine, etc. with eggs and milk.
Ginger ale
(ˈdʒɪndʒər eɪl) I’m gonna order a bottle of ginger ale.
Ginger ale is a clear fizzy drink with bubbles that does not contain alcohol, flavoured with ginger, and often mixed with alcoholic drinks.
Girly drink
(ɡɜːrl drɪŋk) I know how to make one or two girly drinks for my dates and female friends… You know just in case?
A girly drink is a sweet, sugary, often fruity alcoholic beverage that is most often consumed by women and gay men.
(ˈɡɑːblət) Let’s have some wine, I just bought a new set of goblets.
Goblets are large, stemmed, bowl-shaped glasses adequate for serving wine, heavy Belgian ales, German bocks, and other big sipping beers.
(ɡʌlp) He drank the beer in one gulp.
A gulp is an amount of something that you swallow or drink quickly.
Hair of the dog
(her ʌv ðiː dɔːɡ) I really need a hair of the dog to get over this awful hangover.
A hair of the dog is a drink of alcohol in the morning to ward off a hangover.
Half rack
(hæf ræk) A half rack to go, please.
A half rack is a 12-pack of beer.
(ˈhæŋoʊvər) You look like you woke up with a terrible hangover.
A hangover is the headache and sick feeling that you have the day after drinking too much alcohol.
High gravity
(haɪ ˈɡrævəti) I want the next one with high gravity.
A high gravity is an alcoholic drink with high alcohol content.
(ˈhaɪˌbɔːl) I’ve got a linking for a highball but I don’t like the ones they serve in this bar.
A highball is any liquor mixed with soda and served in a tall glass.
Ice cube tray
(aɪs: ‘kjuːb ‘treɪ) Let me take the ice cube tray out of the fridge to keep cold your drink.
Ice cube trays are designed to be filled with water, then placed in a freezer until the water freezes into ice, producing ice cubes.
(dʒɑːr) Hey you, may I have a jar of beer.
A jar is a glass of beer.
(ˈdʒɪɡər) The bartender used a jigger to measure our drinks.
A jigger is a bartending tool used to measure liquor, which is typically then poured into a cocktail shaker.
Keg beer
(keɡ bɪr) Serve me a cold beer but from the keg beer.
A keg beer is beer served from metal containers, using gas pressure.
Lager beer
(ˈlɑːɡər bɪr) For me two lagers of German beer, please.
Lager beer is a type of light pale beer that usually has a lot of bubbles.
Late one
(leɪt wʌn) Mnh! Mnh! Mnh! Ooh! Yeah! That was like a late one. It hit late!
A late one is when a drink hits late in other words you feel its taste later usually a bitter late taste that makes you flinch you.
Lounge bar
(laʊndʒ bɑːr) Why don’t we meet at the lounge bar tonight, it will be fun.
A lounge bar is a bar in a pub, hotel, etc. which is more comfortable than the other bars and where the drinks are usually more expensive.
(ˌmɑːrɡəˈriːtə) Why don’t you prepare a Margarita for me?
A Margarita is an alcoholic drink made by mixing fruit juice with tequila.
(mɪst) She wants a mist and I’d like to have a mug of beer.
A mist is a drink consisting of a liquor served over cracked ice.
(ˈmuːnʃaɪn) Could you prepare for me a moonshine.
A moonshine is a whisky or other strong alcoholic drinks made and sold illegally.
(ˈmedlər) Nowadays a bartender job is easier with all these handy tools like the muddler.
A muddler is a bartender’s tool, used like a pestle to mash or muddle fruits, herbs and spices in the bottom of a glass to release their flavor
(niːt) Please, I would like to have a neat whisky.
A neat is unmixed liquor served without being chilled and without any water, ice, or other mixer.
(ˈnaɪtkæp) Ultimately I’ve got a lack of sleeping, so it’ll be right and proper to drink a nightcap to get to sleep.
A night cap is an alcoholic drink before going to bed.
(nɪp) Bro’ could you bring me a nip and a cold stein of foamy beer.
A nip is a small drink of strong alcohol.
(nɑːnɪk) When I saw the nonic I felt like having a drink.
The nonic, is a variation on the conical design, where the glass bulges out a couple of inches from the top; this is partly for improved grip, partly to prevent the glasses from sticking together when stacked, and partly to give strength and stop the rim from becoming chipped or “nicked”. The term “nonic” derives from “no nick”.
On The Rocks
(ɔːn ðiː rɑːks) Serve me a scotch on the rocks, please.
When you say on the rocks you are requesting a drink served with pieces of ice but no water.
(pæki) On your way back, swing by the packie and get some beer.
A packie is a liquor store and this word comes from package store.
Pale ale
(peɪl eɪl) I once tried to drink a pale ale but it was way too bitter for me.
Pale ale is a beer which uses a top-fermenting yeast.
(ˈperi) This perry tastes good.
A perry is a slightly sweet alcoholic drink made from the juice of pears.
(pɪk miː ʌp) What we really need is a strong pick-me-up to perk you up.
A pick-me-up drink is an alcoholic drink taken to restore one’s energy or good spirits.
Pilsner glass
(ˈpɪlznər ɡlæs)
A pilsner glass is used for many types of light beers, including pale lager or pilsner.
(ˈpɪlznər) He brought me pilsner instead of a brown ale.
Pilsner is a type of pale lager. It takes its name from Plzeň, a city in Bohemia, then in the Austrian Empire, now in the Czech Republic, where it was first produced in 1842.
(paɪnt) Why don’t we get a couple of extra pints of beer.
A pint is a unit for measuring liquids and some dry goods. There are 8 pints in a gallon, equal to 0.568 of a litre in the UK and some other countries, and 0.473 of a litre in the US.
(ˈpoʊni) The new bartender doesn’t know his ass from a whole on the ground. I told him clearly that the customer’s drink had to be prepared with a pony measure and he made it wrong.
A “pony” is slang for one US fluid ounce (30 ml) of spirit, while the standard-size “shot” of alcohol is a 1.5-US-fluid-ounce (44 ml) “jigger”, with a “double” being three US fluid ounces (89 ml).
(pʌntʃ) I feel like drinking punch, but not any punch…
My mother’s punch.
Punch is a hot or cold drink made by mixing water, fruit juice, spices, and usually wine or another alcoholic drink.
(ˈroʊdi) A roadie would go down really well right now.
A roadie is an alcoholic beverage consumed “on the road”.
(rɑːks) My drink with rocks please.
Two ounces of spirit served over ice.
Root beer
(ruːt bɪr) Bring me a pitcher of beer and some French fries.
Root beer is a sweet fizzy drink with bubbles, that does not contain alcohol, made from ginger and the roots of other plants. It is drunk especially in the US.
Sake set
(‘seɪk: set) This restaurant has an elegant sake set where they serve the hot drinks.
A sake set is the flask and cups used to serve sake.
(‘seɪk) We don’t sell sake here but you can go at the Japanese bar at the next corner where they do.
A sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage of fermented rice often served hot.
Screw cap
(skruː ‘kæp) It is time to convince bars that screwcaps are better than corks.
A screw cap is a common type of closure for bottles, jars, and tubes.
(ˈʃeɪkər) He really has the knack for making drinks with the cocktail shaker.
A shaker is a container that is used for shaking things in this case drinks.
Shot glass
(ʃɒt: ‘ɡlɑːs) A drunk customer broke a few shot glasses and left the bar without paying.
A shot glass is a small glass designed to hold or measure spirits or liquor, which is either drunk straight from the glass (“a shot”) or poured into a cocktail.
(ʃɑːt) Witnesses said that he drank 36 shots of liquor in less than an hour, but the autopsy revealed that he didn’t died of acute alcohol intoxication.
A shot is a small amount of a drink, especially a strong alcoholic one.
(ˈsnɪftər) As usual I’d like to have my Brandi served in your fanciest snifter.
A snifter is a type of stemware, a short-stemmed glass whose vessel has a wide bottom and a relatively narrow top.
(staʊt) I really like having a stout before sleeping.
Stout is a dark beer made using roasted malt or roasted barley, hops, water and yeast.
(streɪt ʌp) I know a bar where they prepare the best straight-ups I’ve ever drunk, we should go tonight.
A straight-up refers to an alcoholic drink that is shaken or stirred with ice and then strained and served without ice in a stemmed glass.
Swizzle stick
(ˈswɪzl stɪk) Let me get a swizzle stick to remove the bubbles of your drink.
A swizzle stick is a small stick used to hold fruit garnishes or stir drinks, or for removing the bubbles from sparkling drinks such as champagne.
(ˈtæŋkərd) I prefer drinking beer in my tankard than drinking it in a simple mug.
A tankard a large, usually metal, cup with a handle, that is used for drinking beer from.
(ˈtævərn) This tavern serves the best in Italian-American cuisine.
A tavern is a place of business where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages and be served food, and in most cases, where travelers receive lodging.
(təˈkiːlə) I’m gonna drink a glass of tequila.
Tequila is  a strong alcoholic drink made in Mexico from a tropical plant.
(ˈθɪsl) I want my scotch served in a thistle glass please.
A thistle glass is the only glass to use to enjoy a scotch ale. The glass is shaped like a thistle flower which is the national flower of Scotland.
Three sheets to the wind
(θriː ʃiːtz tuː ðiː wind) Her husband was three sheets to the wind by the time we made it to their party, judging by his inability to keep his clothes on.
Three sheets to the wind means to be very drunk.
To Alcoholize
(ˈælkəhɒˌlaɪz) After we finished work, we were thoroughly alcoholized.
The verb to alcoholize means To subject to the harmful influence of alcohol; to give alcoholic drink to.
To Belch
(beltʃ) Bro’ let me tell you that you are like Barney the character from The Simpsons who is accustomed to belch everywhere specially at Moe’s.
The verb to belch means to let air come up noisily from your stomach and out through your mouth.
To Build a drink
(ˈbɪld ə drɪŋk) There are so many techniques that can be used when building a drink, that can make your head spin.
When you build a drink, you add ice to a glass and then add the spirit and mixers.
To Burp
(bɜːrp) He swigged down his beer and burped loudly.
The verb to burp means to let out air from the stomach through the mouth, making a noise.
To Call it a night
(kɔːl ɪt ə naɪt) I was ready to call it a night after two martinis. But the bartender, snatched my glass and poured me a third one. He gave me a nod.
To call it a day or to call it a night means to decide or agree to stop doing something in this case to stop drinking.
To Egg on
(eɡ ɔːn) Egged on by his friends, he drank five pints of strong lager and six of draft beer.
The phrasal verb to egg on means to encourage somebody to do something, especially something that they should not do.
To Ferment
(fərˈment) You make wine by leaving grape juice to ferment until all the sugar has turned to alcohol.
The verb to ferment means to experience a chemical change because of the action of yeast or bacteria, often changing sugar to alcohol; to make something change in this way.
To Get a belly
(tuː ɡet ə ˈbeli) He isn’t able to deal with all the beer without getting a belly.
The compound verb to get a belly means to get a fat stomach, caused by drinking a lot of beer over a long period.
To Go down
(ɡoʊ daʊn) I’m so hot. A glass of cold beer would go down really well right now.
The irregular/phrasal verb to go down is used when food or drink will/​will not go down, it is easy/​difficult to swallow.
To Go on a Spree
(tuː ɡoʊ ɔːn ə spriː) They went out on a drinking spree.
The compound verb to go on a spree is used during the short period of time that you spend doing one particular activity that you enjoy, but often too much of it .
To Hydrate
(haɪˈdreɪt) In reality, drinks such as caffeine filled coffee, tea, soda, alcohol and beer don’t hydrate us and even rob us further of the water our cells need.
The verb to hydrate means to make something absorb water.
To Loosen somebody’s tongue
(ˈluːsn ˈsʌmbədis tʌŋ) The FBI asked the bartender if he said something about the crime, so the bartender confessed that with two or three beers had loosened cutomer’s tongue.
The idiom to loosen somebody’s tongue means to make somebody talk more freely than usual.
To Pour
(pɔːr) The beautiful barmaid snatched my glass and poured me a third beer.
The verb to pour means to serve a drink by letting it flow from a container into a cup or glass.
To Puke
(pjuːk) The drunk man puked just before finishing his drink.
The verb to puke means to bring food from the stomach back out through the mouth.
To Roll a drink
(roʊl ə drɪŋk) He uses Japanese techniques to roll a yummy drink.
Another method for mixing a drink. In this case, you build the drink in the mixing glass, and then gently pour it into a shaker tin or another mixing glass to mix things together.
To Slop
(slɑːp) As he put the glass down the beer slopped over onto the table.
The verb to slop means to make liquid or food come out of a container in an untidy way.
To Spew out
(spjuː aʊt) She spewed out all over the flow.
The phrasal verb to spew out means to bring food from the stomach back out through the mouth.
To Spill
(spɪl) He startled her and made her spill her beer.
The verb to spill means to make liquid or food come out of a container in an untidy way.
To Vomit
(ˈvɑːmɪt) He vomited up all that he had eaten for dinner.
The verb to vomit means to bring food from the stomach back out through the mouth.
To Wassail
(ˈwɑːseɪl) He was wassailing with other dudes at the bar.
The verb to wassail means to enjoy yourself by drinking alcohol with others.
Tulip glass
(ˈtuːlɪp ) I didn’t know we have to use tulip glass to drink this kind of drinks.
A tulip glass not only helps trap the aroma, but also aids in maintaining large heads, creating a visual and olfactory sensation.
(ˈtʌmblər) He ordered a cut-glass whisky tumbler.
A tumbler is a glass for drinking out of, with a flat bottom, straight sides and no handle or stem.
(ʌmˈbrelə) I would like to have a shot and could I have some extra sugar on that rim and maybe one of those little umbrella thingies?
An umbrella is an object with a round folding frame of long straight pieces of metal covered with material, that you use to protect yourself from the rain or from hot sun. But in this case is a small piece of decoration for a drink.
(ʌp) I really need an up drink after work.
Up and Straight Up are usually used to describe a drink that is chilled with ice (shaken or stirred) and strained into a glass (typically a cocktail glass). ​
(ˈvɜːrdʒɪn) Don’t give anyone who orders a “virgin” drink something with alcohol in it.
Virgin drinks are non-alcoholic beverages, and they are non-alcoholic versions of typically alcoholic beverages.
(ˈvɑːdkə) Iʼll have a vodka and lime.
Vodka is a strong clear alcoholic drink, made from grain, originally from Russia.
Weizen glass
(weɪzen ɡlæs) This the first time I see a Weizen glass and I don’t consider myself able to drink it in one gulp.
A weizen glass is used to serve wheat beer.[7] Originating in Germany, the glass is narrow at the bottom and slightly wider at the top; the width both releasing aroma, and providing room for the often thick, fluffy heads produced by wheat beer.
Wheat beer
(wiːt bɪr) I’m gonna try a wheat beer, I’ve never tried it before.
Wheat beer is a beer, usually top-fermented, which is brewed with a large proportion of wheat relative to the amount of malted barley.
(wɪsk) Keep it simple bro’ and use a whisk to do that!
A whisk is a cooking utensil which can be used to, blend ingredients smooth, or to incorporate air into a mixture, in a process known as whisking or whipping.
Willy mug
(ˈwɪli mʌɡ) Nothing better that drink my German beer in my new Willy mug.
A Willy mug ia a German standard glass. It is characterized by its shape: conical to the top portion where it curves inward to converge back to the top of a smaller diameter opening.
(waɪn) Let’s have a glass of wine.
Wine is an alcoholic drink made from the juice of grapes that has been left to ferment.
(ˈzestər) The chef was using a zester to scoop out the zest.
A zester is a kitchen utensil for obtaining zest from lemons and other citrus fruit.




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