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How not to be a dick during Oktoberfest celebrations in NYC

Will Gleason

Nuria Cruz, a waitress at Brooklyn’s rowdy Radegast Hall & Biergarten (113 North 3rd St, Brooklyn; 718-963-3973), tells us how to drink civilly during beer’s high holiday.

1. Don’t order brews one at a time.
“When it gets busy, the worst thing is when I go up to a group of, like, four people and say, ‘Hey! Do you want another beer?’ and half say no. So I go get two more beers, and when I return, another person is like, ‘I’ll have another one as well.’ So I go get that beer and bring it back, and then the fourth person is like, ‘Actually, I’ll have a beer too.’ It’s crazy!”

2. Don’t smash those mugs together.
“People get really excited with the band and everything, and they keep clanging their mugs, and it’s very loud and annoying. Also, I don’t think they realize the mugs are glass and might break.”

3. Don’t signal for a server until you’re ready to order.
“Don’t flag me down and say you’re ready to order if you’re not. That happens all the time, and I end up just standing there while they stare at the menu. It’s not like I don’t have a million other things to do!”


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