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Nov 1, 2007 09:02 AM

Drinks at Applebees

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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  1. 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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    1. re: smartie

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


      1. re: KOK

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

        1. re: smartie

          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. 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.

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

        1. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: Bl4ckC4t

              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....................

              1. re: Lindseyup67

                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.

                1. re: Lindseyup67

                  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.