When I was bartending in a local New Jersey bar one summer, I told a joke to a group of customers. The 2 customers I told the joke to laughed. A patron at the other end of the bar who had herd the bar told me that they were insulted by the joke and would never come back. My boss was upset because this customer had been coming to the bar for several years.
Here are examples of jokes that won’t get any customers upset at a bartender telling a joke.
What’s the difference between a dog and a fox? About 3 martinis.
A C, an E-flat, and a G go into a bar. The bartender says:, Sorry, but we don’t serve minors.
A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says, Why the long face?
A businessman walks into a bar and orders a Martini. After he finishes the drink, he peeks inside his shirt pocket then he orders another Martini. After he finishes that one, he again peeks inside his shirt pocket and orders another Martini. The bartender finally asks the man why he keeps looking inside his shirt before ordering a Martini. The man says, I’m peeking at a photo of my wife. When she starts to look good, then I know it’s time to go home.
This is an example of a joke that is disparaging
An American walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers and says, I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers and I’ll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back. The room is quiet and no one takes up the American’s offer. One man even leaves. Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the American on the shoulder and asks if his bet still good. The American says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back. The other pub patrons cheer as the American sits in amazement. The American gives the Irishman the $500 and says, If you don’t mind me asking’, where did you go for that 15 minutes you were gone? The Irishman replies, Oh, I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first.
This is why in our customer service class at American Bartending School we always tell our students to be careful with jokes.