Even more than the obvious, practical purpose of being watered and fed, we go to bars and restaurants for the atmosphere. A place could have the finest cuisine and the tastiest beers in the world, but if it doesn't have any soul, any feeling, are you truly going to enjoy the experience?

Probably not. That's why when we do find a joint with a ton of character, we like to celebrate it. This list of bars and restaurants, compiled by Bored Panda, comes from customers that just had to share the funny, kooky and unique things that they've encountered on a night out - these spots go the extra mile to make sure their visitors get a truly memorable experience!

Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Bar In Nebraska Doing It Right

Bar In Nebraska Doing It Right

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Ionescu Mihaela
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1 year ago

Brilliant <3

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So how to create that elusive atmosphere? With thanks to culinary blog Restaurant Tallent, here are some basic concepts to keep in mind:

Restaurant concepts: The restaurants with concepts attract people. If you have a particular cuisine, then you can design the restaurant with the idea of that country or culture. For example, if the restaurant is Chinese then you can create the restaurant with things that will make the customers feel like they are in China. You can also add a story on how the restaurant was founded and place artwork and pictures of the history of the restaurants.

Cleanliness: Who would prefer anything which is not clean? People can get very cautious when they eat out. If your restaurant is not clean, then there are chances you may never see that customer again. Make sure to change the linen and have clean dishes.


#2

‘The Restaurant Of Order Mistakes’ Employs Waiters With Dementia, And You Never Know What You’re Getting

‘The Restaurant Of Order Mistakes’ Employs Waiters With Dementia, And You Never Know What You’re Getting

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 year ago

this is actually so wholesome

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#3

This Restaurant In Austin Is Catching The US Up With The Rest Of The World

This Restaurant In Austin Is Catching The US Up With The Rest Of The World

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Michele Ottone
Community Member
1 year ago

That's how things work in EU, Definitely, in Italy it works this way. Tips are given (not every time, not in all places) in appreciation of an outstanding service, they are not supposed to be the employees' wage.

Zori the degu
Community Member
1 year ago

I've always thought this was the right and only way things should be: employees get paid but also get tips as gratefulness rewards by customers. Recently I learnt about this tip-being-employee's wage bulls**t. It's ridiculous and whoever came up with it is a disgusting excuse of a human being.

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Same as how it works in Australia. Tipping is not expected and the other plus is that the taxes are added too so the prices on the menu is what you will pay, no having to work out the tax on top of the total.

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

The same in Europe :)

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John Arild Berge
Community Member
1 year ago

It's about time the US joins the rest of the world

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

It's quite hard when it's now a 4th world country. This means "deliberately under-developed".

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

That's the way it should be everywhere

Daphne
Community Member
1 year ago

'One job should be enough' said a sign in a demonstration in Boston I witnessed as a visitor from the Netherlands and I completely agree.

Nora H.
Community Member
1 year ago

As a European, I am baffled at the thought of people, who live in so called 1st world countries, having to work more than one job to survive. Oh my.... If I was religious, I would pray for my fellow humans in the US...

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Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
Community Member
1 year ago

...and this is how it already works in the civilized world. You're welcome to join when you're ready, America.

Kururi.Orihara
Community Member
1 year ago

We want to, we really do. It’s the government officials holding us back though...

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Sansa Blacktyde
Community Member
1 year ago

In civilised countries, paying servers a living wage and having tips as a en extra perk is normal. In the UK and many European countries it is illegal to pay less than the minimum wage and expect staff to have to expect tips to make up a living wage.

Paul Jordan
Community Member
1 year ago

Same in Australia and Godzone.

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Only the US is still so backwards. And you should see the people complaining if the tip is already included, declaring "I should be able to decide if the server did a good job or not!". (I'm in the U.S.)

Lisa
Community Member
1 year ago

we need to adopt this at more places in the States. Also prices for everything should be given with taxes already factored in.

Paul Jordan
Community Member
1 year ago

While I agree, the problem with the States is you have State taxes plus many time city/town taxes as well. Talk about a totally munted system.

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
1 year ago

In any civilised country this is the normal way, but in America it has to be announced as something special. America is proving it's title of Backwardistan again.

Akucdota
Community Member
1 year ago

Finally! Someone did the right thing!

Ola Polowczyk
Community Member
1 year ago

Would still give a tip.

Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

Sure, as we do in Europe, round up to the next 5/10 (depending on total amount). But not the 20% you are expected to pay in the US.

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Jo Browne
Community Member
1 year ago

That's how things work here in Australia. Tips are given for excellent service, something I didn't get on recent trip to the US.

未周 陸
Community Member
1 year ago

Finally! In Asia & Europe, tips are either included in the price$ of all menu items or specified on your check. Thus, No negative surprises to customers. And, NO burden of Ripping OFF to put on servers/waiters & waitresses. Sure, you may still Tip Extra for excellent service received & appreciated.

Mark Fuller
Community Member
1 year ago

Long over due. This "obligation" to pay more than you're charged in America is actually quite offensive to the British (and possibly others). I do it because it's expected but believe you me, it comes across as exceptionally rude to expect more money simply because you bought a bottled drink to my table. No skill or service per se, but you still expect 20% more. I've heard too many times of people being verbally abused when they don't get a tip. The temptation to say, "go fuck yourself" is overwhelming. In the UK, a tip is never expected and is given with pleasure as a way of saying, "thank you so much for great service and super food. I've really enjoyed myself. And to say show that, here's a little extra...". Best tip for the US: pay staff properly and charge accordingly. Simple.

Shart
Community Member
1 year ago

As it should be...

Jessica Strickland
Community Member
1 year ago

This would be a win for some in the US a HUGE loss for others. My ex-husband was a waiter. He finally took a rather significant pay cut to get a "regular day job". He didn't last long before going back to being a waiter. He made more money working less hours. So when my teenage son needed a job, I suggested waiting tables while he was in school. He's out of school now, took a regular job. Again he makes less money, but he's sticking with it. Just working for tips a couple days a week. With that said, they both told me that waiters made more money than waitresses. (Not fair, I agree.) A lot depends on where you work as well. Hubby worked fine dining; son worked(s) at an upscale place. Minimum wage is so low in this state, that I'm not sure that it would help or hurt waitresses in diners. If restaurants would actually pay a living wage, it might help. Something needs to be done for those on the lower end though.

Paul Jordan
Community Member
1 year ago

Minimum wage should be a liveable wage. End of Story.

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Joseline Armistead
Community Member
1 year ago

I have found that in the United States places that increased the salaries of the employees are banning them from receiving tips by enforcing the rule if you accept money you can get fired because now you are getting paid the minimum federal wage. It's ridiculous!

Paul Jordan
Community Member
1 year ago

No, they are being paid a liveable wage according to the location in the States. Livable wage in the Ozarks for instance would be way cheaper than in LA or New York.

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Cassie
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish all of the US would go this direction for everything.

Niffler_13
Community Member
1 year ago

They did this at a Restaurant in my town in the US. Went out of business less than 6 months after the change.

Paul Jordan
Community Member
1 year ago

@Jodie Mitchell : By definition a living wage is just that. You can have a life on what you earn. That differs markedly from a minimum wage. In New Zealand, where I am the minimum wage is $NZ 17.70 per hour. The living wage, which is not mandated by Government but determined to be what one could "actually live on and have a life" is $NZ 21.15 per hour.

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Daniel Blank
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1 year ago

I worked as a bartender in Munich for a couple of years during my studies and I got the same hourly wage as my full-time colleagues. Exactly the statutory minimum of max. 8,60 EUR. In our location (Citycenter, next to the Marienplatz and actually a tourist hotspot), we had the luck, getting tipped well almost every day. I'm talking about 15 to 20 % - tax FREE. The entire job was a bonus money for me and I had fun mixing cocktails. But my full-time colleagues were dependent on the tip. They need at least 14-15 EUR an hour to pay the rent and get some food.

Peter Blackburn
Community Member
1 year ago

Like the rest of the world, nice.

Mrta Brzoza
Community Member
1 year ago

US seams to be a modern country but in some ways is very XIX century. In Europe in XIX the waiter was buying the food from the restaurant and than selling it to the client. And maybe you could start to add the taxes to the prices. It is called "the brutto price". I really like to know how much I will pay.

Pamela Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

This needs to happen at all restaurants and all the other service industry jobs!!!!

Marnie
Community Member
1 year ago

I love it. I hope it becomes the norm. I'd give this 100 votes if I could.

Rosesinmyhair
Community Member
1 year ago

As a former FOH Hospitality worker that is married to Chef. Thank you SO much ❤

Coco
Community Member
1 year ago

the customary tipping in the US is just madness. It's a demonstration of how rotten the country is.

giovanna
Community Member
1 year ago

Exact explanation in the title. This is average in Europe.

Natalie Hunt
Community Member
1 year ago

The way it should be.... and welcoming tips

NQ L
Community Member
1 year ago

We need more restaurants like this. I hate tipping.

Tommy Jo Hunt
Community Member
1 year ago

.Not so sure about this! Not too keen on tipping either though back in the 70s I worked in a very busy truck stop. But the waitresses who had worked there longer, always got the counters. That’s where the truckers sat “the tippers” the rest of us were stuck with Botha and tables. Familiys with LOTS of kids and tour buses. I cha;nged jobs, started cooking!

Clovie Lee
Community Member
1 year ago

Good idea, this tipping thing has gotten waaaaaay out of hand.. Everyone expects it.. It not just a show of grattitude anymore.

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
1 year ago

id still tip, for the good service and the sheer fact they apply livable wages!

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd like to ask the employee directly exactly how much they're getting an hour before I withhold tipping. A lot of employers doing this put the price hike in their own pockets.

Susan L. Miller
Community Member
1 year ago

Perfect!

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

The right step out of the Stone Age of underpaid employees

brandon sat
Community Member
1 year ago

what restaurant is this?

Mallory Lee
Community Member
1 year ago

People who never waited tables will never understand. I made way more with tips at $2.13 per hour than I would have at a “livable wage.”

Filipa Menezes
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly. As someone living in an european country, this is the way to go. You can always tip if you had a really good service or if you simply feel like it, but you should not be required to do so as a way to take that responsability off the employers' backs

Virginia Llorca
Community Member
1 year ago

This is called, "Six of one, half dozen of the other".

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
1 year ago

US is the only country (that I know of) that makes their staff beg for money from customer, or they don't get paid.

Paul Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

Fair enough

L McN
Community Member
1 year ago

This should be standard. A tip was intended as a way to motivate priority service (originally a stack of bills was placed in view, and the waiter/waitress could see what they would get. As mistakes were made bills were removed from the stack, showing immediate feedback on the quality of service). Now, it is used as a way for employers to pay less to the employee, and the employee pays taxes as if receiving a full income, even if the tips are not received at that amount (assumed rate of tipping v/s pay rate). Tipping should always be allowed, but NEVER expected, regardless of which waitress you get at whichever place you eat. This includes the mandatory 18-25% for large parties...which is a complete excuse for some waiters to not meet the standard since they get the tip regardless.

María Reyes
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

As it should be.

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish ALL would adopt this practice.

backatya
Community Member
1 year ago

One it's the employer's place to pay their employees fair. Second if that doesn't work then employees should find a better job.

Wendy Dyson
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s how we do it in Australia.

Nikki Angulo
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish all restaurant would do this. First, because it’s fair to employees, second because it makes life easier for customers, and third because it thwarts the cheapskates who may get excellent service but still don’t tip.

Will Lo
Community Member
1 year ago

this is how things work everywhere except America

Trude Stener Hansen
Community Member
1 year ago

We've had it like this forever in EU. It's so weird to us how Americans"solve" different stuff like this. You can give tips, but they are still given a full salary with all the benefits that exist. We also have a free healthcare system, schooling, pension etc etc. It's only America who screw that up a while ago🙈

Fixin'Ta
Community Member
1 year ago

Austin just totally rocks. I'm so proud. *sniff*

Lesly Shepack
Community Member
1 year ago

Austin rocks!

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
1 year ago

Tips aren't really a thing here in England.

Koala King
Community Member
1 year ago

A new tip to get tips

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Just the tip

Pug Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

So forced tipping, got it. Why not just pay them hourly and not have them rely on tips?

Hugo Raible
Community Member
1 year ago

That's exactly what they are doing, no?

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Carson Skjerdal
Community Member
1 year ago

Used to be a bartender, I would have definitely lost money on this system. That being said, I fully support this idea

Jodie Mitchell
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree.

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Alison Burgess
Community Member
1 year ago

I've worked in some restaurants where I made quite a bit more getting tipped than what I would make getting paid a living wage.

Poppy Petal
Community Member
1 year ago

Sorry to say that this isn't working in EU, it should but it doesn't.

jaysko
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1 year ago

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Ok look. I wanted to reply on SO many peoples comments but decided I need to make my own. I've been in the industry (server/bartender) for more than half my life. And in the US. I absolutely love the system we have and it doesn't need to change. I'm great at what I do and I make a shit ton of money that reflects that. It's for some people, not for all. As is every single job ever. What i do think that needs to be implemented is as such - EVERYONE IN THE ETERNITY OF LIFE NEEDS TO WORK IN THE BIZ FOR ONE WEEK SO YOU KNOW HOW IT WORKS!!!!! It's not rocket science, but there are do's and dont's people!!

jaysko
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, and by the way, I have a college degree and DID go to grad school but decided that wasn't for me (and not bc I did badly, had a 3.98) and that I'll be a bartender until I find something better

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Jodie Mitchell
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1 year ago

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I totally understand why we should move to a living wage and not depend on tips but for me the fact that my money depends on me, my knowledge, my skills, etc is very motivational. Since tipping IS generally expected in the US I assume that if I treat guests exceptionally and ensure they have an awesome experience from start to end I will earn 20%. Sometimes it doesn't work out but most of the time it does. If everyone is making the same amount regardless of their level of expertise, their attitude, how entertaining and hospitable they are and how willing they are to work hard and go the extra mile it seems like the best you'll ever receive is "good enough" service. It's the difference between fast food worker service and restaurant service. Maybe if I hadn't grown up with this system

Jodie Mitchell
Community Member
1 year ago

though, I wouldn't feel that way.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 year ago

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Guarantee nobody is making a living wage and they’d all be better off financially with tips. I’d bet my money on it.

Bill
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1 year ago

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You tip better you get your food faster and your beer never goes dry next time you are there

Russ
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1 year ago (edited)

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This is absolutely disgusting. Are we really going to revert to a world where restaurant owners steal wages from workers to attract cheap patrons? Whoever owns this restaurant should be tarred and feathered

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Lighting: The lighting should not be too bright that it blinds your customers and also not so dim that they are not able to look at what they eat. Again depending on the clients and the situations you must alter the lighting.

Music: Depending on the situation you can choose the genre of music. Music can be very pleasing to hear while eating. You can prefer light jazz or pop music to have a peaceful setting. You can also set your music based on your cuisine.

#4

Contrary To Popular Belief

Contrary To Popular Belief

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

I am working in Customer Service, we have this as a poster on the wall

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#5

A Pub Urinal In Ireland

A Pub Urinal In Ireland

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GodOfHyperdeath
Community Member
1 year ago

I applaud the Irish

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Menu Design: Many may not think much about the menu card, but the menu card can attract and define the ambiance of the restaurant. Take time to create the menu card in such a way that each meal has a description of what the meal is. You can also add pictures so that the customers will know better about the food they are ordering.

Dishes, silver ware, and linens: Choose your dishes and silverware in such a way that it matches with your restaurant. Always have clean washed linens and make sure that in any situation you do not serve your customers with dirty dishes.

Pretty basic stuff, but very important nonetheless! All that's left to do now is add your own personal touch!


#6

This Restaurant Has A Painting Of Their Very First Customers

This Restaurant Has A Painting Of Their Very First Customers

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Nea
Community Member
1 year ago

The First Supper?

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#7

Windimere Pub Is Keeping The Local Populous In Good Spirits

Windimere Pub Is Keeping The Local Populous In Good Spirits

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Miztre
Community Member
1 year ago

Ha ha this is good!

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#8

I Found This In A Cocktail Bar In Indiana And It Made Me Smile

I Found This In A Cocktail Bar In Indiana And It Made Me Smile

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Baba Caine
Community Member
1 year ago

Be a renal without a cause

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#9

This Poster Is In The Window Of A Pub In Sydney. Made Me Laugh

This Poster Is In The Window Of A Pub In Sydney. Made Me Laugh

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

made me laugh so hard

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#10

This Bar Obviously Owns A Cat

This Bar Obviously Owns A Cat

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
Community Member
1 year ago

No, ask for a whisker

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#11

I’ll Have The Soup And Salad, Please

I’ll Have The Soup And Salad, Please

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Garnish = Salad

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#12

Saw This In The Window Of A Bar In Iceland

Saw This In The Window Of A Bar In Iceland

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 year ago

Ha ha ha... Love it! ( Imagine how disappointed you'd be after reading the last line?.. Ha ha ha)..

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#13

A Pub In My Town Places Rubber Ducks In Puddles To Warn Guests

A Pub In My Town Places Rubber Ducks In Puddles To Warn Guests

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 year ago

Such a great but simple idea! (But I wonder how many of these ducks go 'walkabouts'?)..

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#14

This Cafe In Seoul, Korea

This Cafe In Seoul, Korea

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David
Community Member
1 year ago

Take on me.....

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#15

My Local Bar Dressed Up For Halloween

My Local Bar Dressed Up For Halloween

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Miztre
Community Member
1 year ago

That is very cool. I wonder if they sold Duff too?

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#16

I See What You Did There

I See What You Did There

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GodOfHyperdeath
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice bar, it’s pretty down-to-earth.

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#17

This Chalk Art In A Local Bar

This Chalk Art In A Local Bar

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Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

And the loveliest of all was the Unicorn! Who remembers that song? If you do, you are like me, showing your age:)

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#18

My Local Bar Has A Drunk Test For People Leaving

My Local Bar Has A Drunk Test For People Leaving

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

They should mirror that on the left side!

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#19

Medieval-Themed Pub In Prague

Medieval-Themed Pub In Prague

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Kurt Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes it has serving wenches, but it also had mediaeval levels of service - expect to be abused with every order! (This can be jarring for new customers but is the restaurants "thing")

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#20

This Relatable Sign Outside A Bar In London

This Relatable Sign Outside A Bar In London

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PyroKitty
Community Member
1 year ago

Bored? We have a website. (If you happen to be a panda, all the better)

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#21

Saw This Near Robin Hood’s Bay

Saw This Near Robin Hood’s Bay

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

My favorite sign on this topic read “Any Child Found Alone Will Be Given An Espresso And A Free Puppy”

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#22

Restaurant Puts Its Negative Reviews On Display

Restaurant Puts Its Negative Reviews On Display

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Ale_Vidal23
Community Member
1 year ago

oooooh, i'm scared

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#23

This Restaurant Has An Option For When Your Significant Other Says She Isn’t Hungry

This Restaurant Has An Option For When Your Significant Other Says She Isn’t Hungry

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Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant idea!

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#24

This Sign Is Hanging In The Dining Area Of Our Local Greek Restaurant

This Sign Is Hanging In The Dining Area Of Our Local Greek Restaurant

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Mimi M
Community Member
1 year ago

My best server job was in a place like this. Watched the Maitre di get into a screaming throwing food fight with the GM. Another time the GM had a fit and tossed over a fully set long banquet table onto the floor. Loved that place - awesome times!

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#25

Hmmmm

Hmmmm

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Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!

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#26

Local Bar's Breathalyzer Replacement

Local Bar's Breathalyzer Replacement

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

I see it has whiskers but I don’t know why...do I call a cab or not?

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#27

Stools In An Italian Pub

Stools In An Italian Pub

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Lucida
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, I'm so impressed in how creative peolpe can be. They are really ugly, but really, really cool.

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#28

I Need To Work Here

I Need To Work Here

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Molly Universe
Community Member
1 year ago

"Collective Staff Hangover" would be a good band name...

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#29

Encountered This In The Restaurant I Visited Today, And Couldn't Resist Sharing

Encountered This In The Restaurant I Visited Today, And Couldn't Resist Sharing

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

wow I never realized this. do they really don't talk in a men's bathroom? I've had several times went to the ladies with my friends just to talk lol

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#30

Wife: “Where Are You?” Me:

Wife: “Where Are You?” Me:

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

That's rather genius. There also needs to be one called "I'm at the kid's school Sports Bar and Grill" to tell the boss.

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