Part of entering any new industry is learning to speak the language. Life behind the bar is no exception. It’s not just cocktail recipes and beverage knowledge that you have to brush up on. You’ve got to speak like a bartender.
Okay, so we technically share this term with the servers and back of house, but 86 can mean two different things. In terms of food or beverage, 86 is the term we use when we run out of something. Chartreuse is on backorder? 86 The Last Word. The fryer is broken? 86 onion rings for the night. You can also 86 a customer, typically for bad behavior, which means that customer is no longer welcome in your establishment. We caught you doing drugs in the bathroom again? 86 Frank.