Navigating the barroom breakup

By KARA BASKIN  |  December 6, 2012

EMMA HOLLANDER OF TRINA'S STARLITE LOUNGE

Helpful Advice: "A misconception is that your bartender is just making your drinks and cannot hear you. I can hear everything, but I pretend not to. People underestimate this."

Field Notes: "Last Christmas, a gentleman came in after proposing. She not only said no, but admitted to cheating on him. Also, with online dating, bars are hubs for first dates. I've heard people say, 'You look nothing like your photos. You said you were 29, but you're 45.' People pretend they're going to the bathroom and leave out the back door."

Breakup Beverage: "Stick to what you know, because if you get drunk in a different way, it can backfire. You don't want to be blackout drunk, sobbing. It's awkward when someone starts crying at your bar. I double as a therapist, but I don't get paid to wipe tears."

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