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Bartenders Share The Legit Smoothest Pick-Up Lines They’ve Ever Witnessed

We've literally never seen a pick-up line work anywhere other than in the movies. We've seen them get laughed at, get eye-rolled at, or get just plain ignored, but never work. Still, they keep showing up in movies and TV shows, so they have to have worked sometimes somewhere at some point, right?

What better place to find out than Reddit? A quick search told us we weren't the only ones wondering about it, but one user had a genius idea and asked the people who would probably know best - bartenders. They asked:

Bartenders of reddit, what is the smoothest pick up line you've ever heard?

We picked out some of our favorites to share with you, so grab your pencil and get ready to take some notes, single people. Here are some of the smoothest pick up lines the bartenders of Reddit have ever heard. Please note, these did not all end in success. Some were massive train-wrecks, but we totally give points for creativity and sass around here, so... enjoy!

1. The Flawless Rejection

Sort of an anti-pickup line but I witnessed a drunk girl get decimated at the bar one night.

She was hot, and one of those "haha you're cute you should buy me a drink" type girls. Some dumpy looking dude walks up to the bar and orders a Corona and she pulls the whole "And put a rum and coke on there for me!", insinuating that he should buy her next drink. He looked at her casually and says "Make it a rum and diet." and then just walks away.

I was speechless. I'd never seen him before and haven't seen him since, sometimes I wonder if he ever existed at all.

2. When The Shy Girl Speaks Up

Shy girl regularly comes in with her friend - my coworker and I are pretty chummy with them so we are chatting all night, letting them try some of the new cocktails/shots our bar is trialling.

We give them one particular shot and the friend says she doesn't like it too much and asks if its the kind of drink my girlfriend likes (I was single), shy girl picks up her shot, downs it and says "yes, it is!", then immediately runs out of the building in shyness.

We've been dating almost 6 months now.

3. "I'll have a water"

Bar tended in college. Guy walked up to a girl at the bar, goes "Hi my name is Ben*, and I'm going to buy you drinks until you find me attractive." Girl smiled and laughed and he asked what she would like to drink. She looked him over (he was already very attractive), turned to me and said "In that case, I'll have a water." He definitely got it that night.

4. The Unspoken Pick-Up

Bartender here. Best pick up I've ever seen was when a group of 3 dudes college aged were at the bar on my end. they started talking about this girl on the other side who is clearly the hottest girl in the bar. One of them jokingly said to another If you can get her number without saying a word to her I'll buy you drinks the rest of the night. The kid who was dared waved me down asked for a pen and napkin he walked over and within 10 min came back over girl in hand asking his buddy who bet him for 2 patron shots. I asked him what he did and he showed me the napkin with her number. He played hangman on the napkin and spelled out "can I have your number?" And it actually worked. He and his girl were drinking heavily and for free the rest of the night. He also walked out with her so I hope he scored.

5. The Ice-Capades

Not a good pickup line but a good pickup line story:

There's a classic which is putting an ice cube on the bar, smashing it with your first and saying "that's the ice broken, want to get a drink?"

Well an awkward friend of mine decided to try it, smashed the ice and managed to ricochet a piece of it into his own eye before being able to say the line, shouted a profanity and staggered off. The girl was pretty confused.

6. This One Ended With A Pupper!

I met my current girlfriend while working behind a bar. She got way too drunk so the next time she came up to ordered a drink i gave her a pint of water and told her she had enough.

Her response? "Well if you're not going to give me a drink at least give me your number."

We have a dog now.

7. Hand Holding WIn

Bartender/server here. Buzzed gentleman extends hand to slightly more buzzed woman and asks," will you hold this while I step outside?" They come back after sharing a cigarette. Pay the tab, take a cab together to wherever

8. Roses

Not a pick up line, but the smoothest thing I've seen from behind the mahogany. This guy was hitting on this girl at the end of the bar. She asked him, "you gonna bring me some roses?" and this man took two straws, a napkin, and a lighter and I shit you not made a rose with it. You bet your ass she left with him. Kudos, sir.

9. One Upping

I had a group of guys who were all hitting on me but were very funny and not annoying about it (a true rarity) when they paid one left a few extra bucks after already having tipped me, on a napkin with his number saying "from the cute one" then I noticed the one of the other guys left a $20 tip with his number and a note saying "from the cuter and smarter one" it cracked me up. The only time I considered reaching out to a customer because I wanted to say thanks for the laugh!

10. Quesadillas Always Work

Way late to the party but heard this one while closing down a couple weeks back.

"Come on, lets go back to my place, I'll make you a quesadilla."

This girl had been swatting guys away like flies all night but that one worked out.

11. Pocket Square Sales Boom In 3...2...1...

Not exactly a pickup line... but really clever/cool way a girl let me know she was interested.

I noticed her on the opposite side of the bar and we smiled at each other. I was newly single, she was with a date and obviously bored. Still... she was with a date, and I'm not gonna interrupt and be that kind of douchebag. After a few minutes, I walked around to her side of the bar to head to the bathroom. She stopped me and said "here, your pocket square is messed up." She fumbled with it a sec, said "all good" and I moved on to the restroom.

I got home later and took my blazer off, noticed something was off w/ the pocket square. She had stealth-stashed a napkin with her name and number. I texted that night and we went out later that week.

11/10 was impressed with the smooth.

12. Using Your Own Advice Against You

I work at a bar in Long Beach NY (male)

A female customer was giving me advice on how to hit on my bartender co worker (female) who is a very close friend of mine. She kept feeding me "adorable" things to say to my friend because she thought we looked cute together. I thanked her and took one step toward my friend then turned back to her and repeated it all back. She took the bait and it landed me back at her place.

13. She Set Him Up, He Shot His Shot. Teamwork.

Not a bartender but hooked up with one once. It was closing time and she said, "if you don't work here or banging the staff, time to leave!" I leaned over and said, "I guess I'm staying." With the confidence only a recently divorced man could have.

It worked, oddly enough

14. Win A Bet, Pay For Drinks

At a bar with a few mates and there's a gorgeous girl at the bar. I exclaim my like for her, before my best friend says I would never talk to her. I disagree, and bets me £30 that I wont talk to her and get her number. We handshake on it and I approach her.

Nothing particularly special happens, introductions and all and she seems relatively interested but I didn't want to jump to any conclusions. She says to me "I did notice you and your friends were looking at me for a bit" so I reply with "funny story actually, I was telling my friends over there how cute I thought you looked but they thought I wouldn't dare go for a girl who is clearly out of my league or ask for her number. They bet me £30 I wouldn't do it. I'm not saying you should give me your number but how would you like £30 worth of drinks". She gives me a cheeky smile, gives me her number, claim my £30 and drank to our hearts content. We went on a few dates after that.

I'd say that was a win.

15. Cougar On The Prowl

I'm probably too late to the party but I was working at a restaurant and we had a new server in his mid 20s that all the women thought was really attractive. One of his tables is this one top with a woman sitting alone for lunch. In her late 40s-50s but extremely attractive and definitely on the prowl as she's trying to subtly flirt with him the entire time. She left while he went on his break and we were shocked nothing had happened until the breaker server went to clean the table and on top of the receipt was a huge tip and a napkin with her number that said, "You should come join me and my husband sometime."

16. Kiss Me

Was bartending when this happened to a fellow bartender.

Girl "This guy wont stop hitting on me, can you help?"

Bartender: "Sure, what do you need me to do?"

Girl "Kiss me"

By god it worked and fellow bartender spent nearly a week with her before she left.

17. Nerds: A Love Story

I watched a guy get a really cute girl by telling her he is the biggest nerd ever and his favorite thing is Dr. Who, she was also a huge fan. They continued talking about their interests and it turns out that he totally believed in bigfoot, the jersey devil, and mothman. He invited her to go along with him into the woods as he and a group of monster chasers were about to investigate some leads and she was totally with it, they exchanged numbers after i suggested they do so and as far as i know are still out together looking for weird shit and watching Dr. Who

18. Drool

My pal once walked up to a 11/10 and stated

"Hey help me out, you got a rag or a towel? "

"No, why would I have either?"

"Because I'm guessing looking like that you have to wipe the drool off the guy's mouth you are talking to. I like to be prepared."

So out of his league, but still married after 15 years

19. Confidence Is Key, We Guess?

*I bar tended in uni, and overheard this exchange: *

M: Hi there beautiful, my name's Nick, what's yours?

F: I'm Sarah, Nick, but I'm not going to sleep with you.

M: Pfff, go get your coat.

She grabbed her jacket and left with him.

20. Oven Mitt

Many moons ago a guy snuck behind into the back storage, found an oven mitt, came back out, and proceeded to ask a girl "Do you have a hot ass? Cuz if so... I can handle it!" How she actually fell for that one, I'll never know.

H/T: Reddit

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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