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Hey guys.. I'm new here, but this forum got me thinking about drinks. I've never been a drinker, which I'm now realizing is a social annoyance to most people. I have never had anything against drinking, I'd just opt out. Well it bugs me now when go out drinking my friends will ask for something, but i have to just be like "uh.. a beer?" because I don't even know where to start. What are some normal, 'every bar' drinks someone can ask for with out sounding like an idiot? anyway hello and maybe i'll be more stylish because of this forum!
p.s. dont' say Bacardi and Cola, those commercials are terrible.
 

MetroStyles

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Some typical dude choices would be:

Beer: Stella
Hard liquor: Vodka tonic, Rum & Coke, etc. Keep it mixed for now instead of straight up since it's clear you aren't a huge drinker yet.

If you don't like drinking, don't be pressured into it though. That's a stupid reason to start.
 

Connemara

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I would just chug a liter of Evan Williams, that should get you acquainted pretty quickly.
 

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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
If you don't like drinking, don't be pressured into it though. That's a stupid reason to start.

+1

dont start just because you feel the need to fit in.

i found out in general that people dont really reject you if you dont drink, but dont mind and can actually just respect your choice.
i feel maybe it is something else that is being conveyed off of you in association to your choice to not drink in a way that is making others react a bit negatively.
 

whodini

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Don't be afraid to just have what someone else is having and just experiment. Long Island is another good one if you're starting out.

It takes a while to figure out what you're more inclined to drink repeatedly. Don't rush it.
 

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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
Some typical dude choices would be:

Beer: Stella
Hard liquor: Vodka tonic, Rum & Coke, etc. Keep it mixed for now instead of straight up since it's clear you aren't a huge drinker yet.

If you don't like drinking, don't be pressured into it though. That's a stupid reason to start.


I agree with these drinks, you should add gin and tonics. And I equally agree that if you don't like or want to drink, don't start now.
 

The Wayfarer

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Gin and tonic is always a good starting point for a novice. Classy, timeless, and tasty
 

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Originally Posted by sho'nuff
+1 i feel maybe it is something else that is being conveyed off of you in association to your choice to not drink in a way that is making others react a bit negatively.
+1 I'm not a big drinker, but something of a connoisseur. So spirits, wine, and cocktails are something I take serious interest in. Yet most of my friends, for whatever reason, don't drink. I've never looked down on them -- they are confident in their choice and drink any number of other things when we're out.
Originally Posted by whodini
Don't be afraid to just have what someone else is having and just experiment. Long Island is another good one if you're starting out. It takes a while to figure out what you're more inclined to drink repeatedly. Don't rush it.
Yeah I wouldn't really suggest a Long Island -- it has too many kinds of spirits, is fussy, and sounds rather frat-boyish, especially if ordered pensively. Any real option for you should be one with a mixer, and be simple. Gin & tonic is a good choice, actually has some flavor and doesn't sound lame to order. Crown Royal and Ginger ale is also non-frumpy, and if they don't have Crown, Canadian Club (just called 'CC') and ginger will serve. I think they are more elegant than <whatever> and Coke, and have some taste as opposed to vodka & tonic. All that said, I'm never, ever in favor of changing a behavior that is perfectly acceptable for one that carries some risks merely for the sake of social 'fitting in.' If you can't fit in with people who drink, 1) examine yourself to see if it's not the drinking, and if you pass that test, 2) get better friends. ~ Huntsman
 

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Before you know it everyone on here will have you drinking top shelf scotch. Depending on the type of atmosphere or what type of mood you are in. I'll agree with the gin + tonic. Eventually you will have a preferred type of gin, but don't be afraid to experiment. Please as Hunstman has stated stay away from Long Islands..they are a frat house staple.
 

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I don't see how it's possible to have a social life as a young professional without drinking. Happy hours, dates, whatever pretty much all require it.

'Hey, want to go out for drinks some time?'

'We're gonna tailgate Sunday. You in?'

'I'm Connemara and I'd like to roofie your...water?'
 

IUtoSLU

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I'll add to the gin &amp; tonic pile.
 

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Originally Posted by why
I don't see how it's possible to have a social life as a young professional without drinking. Happy hours, dates, whatever pretty much all require it.

'Hey, want to go out for drinks some time?'

'We're gonna tailgate Sunday. You in?'

'I'm Connemara and I'd like to roofie your...water?'


I'll agree. It's crazy really if you think about how much social events revolve around drinking.
 

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Here's a list of some more drinks which you can order at a bar/club/social gathering.

Beer: Hef, Stella, ESB

Mixed Drinks: Gin &amp; Tonic, Vodka Tonic, Rum &amp; Coke, AMF (Adios Motherf*cker), Screwdriver, Vodka Cran (girly drink)

Shots: Buttery Nipple, Duck Fart, Washington Apple, Liquid Cocaine, Porn Star or of course ask them for a shot of top shelf tequila (Patron)

Theres some good stuff to get you started.
 

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Now is a good time to stop drinking before if becomes a habit.
 

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