How to cut off a guy who's had too much 

According to Patrick Galvin and Eric Wallin, bartenders at Righteous Room

In general, you want to give more leeway to your regulars, but there are four or five cut-and-dry things that if you do, then you're out: sleeping at the bar — because that's illegal; bothering other customers; being belligerent; or dropping your pants. Also, being an asshole to the bartender. That's a big one. And if they're really drunk and stumbling and they start using cuss words a lot, you just tell them, "You're done. We've cut you off. Here's your tab. It's time for you to go." And you watch and make sure they pay it, 'cause they'll leave on you.

Some people handle their booze better than others. There's a guy who comes in who's only allowed two beers. If he has any more than that, he starts dancing and bothering people. Now, we cut him off after two beers. He understands it.

It's a weird dichotomy. You can't get mad at people for drinking when you're throwing a party 365 days a year. But you gotta let people know when they're acting up. If you kick them out in the right way, they wake up the next day and go, "Oh, fuck man, I got kicked out," and they say, "Can I come back?" You give 'em a hug, smile and say, "Yeah, welcome back." This isn't high school. You don't want to shun them for life.

— As told to Gwynedd Stuart

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