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I'm curious to know if it is appropriate to sit at a bar and order food without an alcoholic beverage ?
....what's your opinion ?

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  1. Sure. Why not? Money is money.

    (Or did you mean the question to be specific to NJ?)

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    1. re: DuchessNukem

      New Jersey or anywhere

    2. By beverage you mean alcoholic beverage? Order a water... a soda.. an ice tea.. a coffee. Whatever you want to go with your food.

      1. Some people prefer to order and eat at the bar, when they are by themselves. It doesn't make them look like a loner, someone taking up space (recalling a current rant by here about one person using a booth) or they just want the faster service, one gets at the bar, to eat and go.
        I can see the issue being problematic, if the bar has a bartender and food is ordered via a server. The bartender may feel stiffed for a tip, or if the place is mainly a bar, and the food is a sideline. It comes down to the way the $$ gets spread.
        If you just want to eat, not feel singled out at a table and go, make sure you take care of the Bartender, with a tip.
        But, sitting at the bar, nursing some app, just to watch a game or to watch the hooters/kilted crowd, I would say was inappropriate.
        All in all, I'd say the answer depends on the situation.

        1. completely appropriate

          1. No issue at all.

            1. I've never sat at a bar to eat (such facilities are rare where I am in the world) but it is many years since I ordered an alcoholic drink in either a bar or a restaurant.

              1. Not everyone drinks at a bar - sometimes people *do* just go for the food in a pub. Drink water, iced tea, hot tea, soda - whatever your heart desires.

                1. No problem with it. Some restaurants even used to let my whole family (4) sit at the bar when we were kids if there wasn't a table.

                  1. If it's a restaurant with a bar area, I'm OK ordering a soda. But if it's a bar that serves food, I kind of feel lame if I don't order a beer. But that's just me. You can always leave a little extra tip if you don't drink.