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Drinks at Applebees

FrankJBN Nov 1, 2007 09:02 AM

Went along to an Applebees because they were the only option for apres theater in the bucolic environs of a not quite so local community theater group.

Ordered a margarita and a beer. Can't get it.

Turns out, you can get two beers at Applebees, you can get a double shot, you can get a boilermaker (shot and a beer), you can get two mixed drinks but it is alleged to me that their nationwide policy is that one cannot receive a mixed drink and a beer at the same time.


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    smartie RE: FrankJBN Nov 2, 2007 06:29 AM

    we can at my local Applebees. BF has a beer and I have a margarita. Every time, never had a problem.

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      KOK RE: smartie Nov 2, 2007 10:25 AM

      I think FrankJBN meant they wouldn't give him a mixed drink and a beer.


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        smartie RE: KOK Nov 3, 2007 06:50 AM

        no, the OP said he couldn't get a margarita and a beer.

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          KOK RE: smartie Nov 6, 2007 03:37 AM

          I wasn't differentiating between a mixed drink and a margarita, they're the same to me. Regardless, per the OP's quote below, they were told they could not get a mixed drink (margarita, gin and tonic, etc) AND a beer.


          "...but it is alleged to me that their nationwide policy is that one cannot receive a mixed drink and a beer at the same time."

    2. SweetPea914 RE: FrankJBN Nov 2, 2007 06:48 PM

      Are you sure it's not a state thing? I remember one Summer in Newport, RI, I couldn't get a Long Island Iced Tea, since that did not serve drinks that had more than 2 or 3 types of alcohol in them.

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        linz_e_moore RE: FrankJBN Nov 2, 2007 07:07 PM

        Strange. I used to work as a server at Applebees in Missouri and we were never told anything about that.

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          AnnieG RE: FrankJBN Nov 10, 2007 04:10 AM

          Perhaps it's a thing with some chains, though I've never heard of it at Applebees - not that I go there much. However, was at a Joe's Crab Shack back in October (friend absolutely wanted to go there for birthday drinks and several buckets of crabs and shrimp, so we did) and they would not give anyone two drinks at a time, period. She wanted a shot and a beer, and they had to put the shot down in front of me (I was the driver, so not drinking) so their manager would not complain. Of course, my friend just reached over, downed her shot and then had her beer, but I thought that was strange.

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            Bl4ckC4t RE: FrankJBN Jan 11, 2010 03:12 PM

            I work for applebees, I should not be saying this, however Applebees policy tells us that we are not allowed to serve more than 3 drinks. Most mixed drinks are considered 2 drinks, due to the alcohol content. The beer is another drink. Totaling 3 drinks. After this, we are required to let a manager know about the 3 drinks someone just had, called the "3 drink notification" It is up to the manager after this as to whether or not you can have another drink or not.

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              Lindseyup67 RE: Bl4ckC4t Jan 12, 2010 02:32 PM

              U have GOT to be kidding me?? Are you saying that one could be "cut off" from drinks after 3 at Applebees??????????? Me and b/f have spent a couple afternoons there having drinks and appetizers....................

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                legendarystarbolt RE: Lindseyup67 Jan 17, 2010 05:59 PM

                Anytime I've ever gotten a drink at Applebees there's barely alcohol in it, so I can't see how 3 would really do any kind of damage.

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                  Bl4ckC4t RE: Lindseyup67 Aug 2, 2010 09:53 AM

                  Its a policy of Applebees. However, if they feel you are still doing ok, they will allow you another. Their rules are fairly strict, since it is a "Family" restaurant.

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                dagwood RE: FrankJBN Jan 17, 2010 12:42 PM

                It's my understanding this is a state thing. I know in Utah you can not have two drinks in front of you at one time, so you need to finish one before the bartender can hand you another.

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