I’ve written about this before but now Spring is here, I can’t help but state the obvious rules, again.
How to enter a terrace at a restaurant or bar in style and make sure to exit the terrace in style again?
It all starts with the outfit. Don’t wear flipflops, Crocs or Sandals. Probably you are wearing a summer jacket or a slightly formal jacket. If you are a frequent visitor at a local bar, you’ll probably know what to wear there. Well, in any case don’t show up with pale legs or topless. A good chino, a crisp shirt and a nice sweater will do the trick. Check out our previous posts about Spring and Summer attire.
How to find a good spot on a terrace?
Most people want to sit in the sun, for as long as possible. That means fighting for that one spot. Glance around and observe. Look at empty glasses in combination with a bill and possibly people leaving. Don’t hang around and stand next to people. If you move from one table to another, inform the staff about this.
Do you wear sunglasses on a terrace?
If you do, make sure that your company is ok with that and/or is wearing sunglasses as well. Wearing sunglasses during a conversation is considered to be extremely rude. Sunglasses do enable you to look at other people without them noticing too obviously.
What to drink?
That depends, whatever you feel like. Coffee, cold drinks, beer, wine. If you drink wine, drink it like a man. The wine to drink on a terrace is preferably a white wine, Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay is usually for the more colder months. Red wine might look a bit silly when consumed outside. If you drink wine, you drink water as well. You don’t get drunk on wine. By the way, beer is more refreshing. Don’t drink girly drinks.
How to eat?
Consuming food on a terrace is something you’ll have to do with elegance. Don’t gorge, gobble, mess or splash. Eat quietly and peacefully. Don’t have a feast, just order small dishes. Next to that, don’t complain too much if people are smoking in the near vicinity, it is still outside.
How to flirt?
The terrace of a bar or restaurant is the spot for flirting. Do this with style and do it subtle. Make sure there’s occasion, seduction and a solid base for the next steps. Being in possesion of a lighter helps.
Make sure that few (or none) notice your exit if you are drunk (after paying the bill of course). Don’t sing, yell, bluster or trip. Did you only consume a cup of coffee? In that case a good exit shouldn’t be a problem. Think of the Italians who visit a bar or restaurant almost on a daily basis. It’s all about elegance.
If you visit a terrace it’s important to adapt to the environment. Blend in.
Enjoy and see you soon!