Why Do Bartenders Give You Two Straws? (Solved!)

Why do bartenders give you two straws

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When you’re out for a night of socializing over cocktails with friends, have you ever wondered why bartenders give you two straws? If you’re like me, this part of the cocktail ritual has probably left you with more questions than answers!

After many hours of painstaking research, it turns out that there are several reasons bartenders serve cocktails with two straws.

The main reasons have to do with the capacity of cocktail straws and how quickly customers want to consume the beverage.

A Closer Look at Cocktail Straws

If you think that the dimensions of a cocktail straw aren’t restrictive, let’s take a closer look.

These straws from Amazon come in packs of 1,000. They’re bright red. Perfect for a busy cocktail lounge. And guess what they’re called? Comfy Package Red 5 Inch Plastic Sip Stirrers!

Comfy Package Red 5 Inch Plastic Sip Stirrers

Comfy Package Red 5 Inch Plastic Sip Stirrers

Comfy Package is the brand name. The straws are 5” long with a diameter of 3mm and the manufacturer describes these straws as being ideal for stirring or sipping hot beverages like coffee or cold beverages like cocktails.

Did you catch that? Cocktail straws are for sipping.

Not everyone wants to sip a vodka cranberry cocktail.

Some of us want to finish our White Russian before the ice cubes melt and dilute the rich creamy flavor!

So, what’s the solution? A good bartender will give you two straws.

Cocktail with mint and lime

Sometimes Two Straws Are Better Than One!

I talked to Tom Macy, part owner of two cocktail bars in Brooklyn (the Clover Club and Leyenda). This is what he had to say:

“Sometimes two straws are given because one straw is so skinny, and the flow is too slow.”

Think about it.

If your drink is served in a rocks glass, the straws are going to be small. Using both of them allows you to down your cocktail before the ice cubes melt. While sipping cocktail can be quite enjoyable, not everyone has that kind of time!

Your drink could also contain crushed ice, mint leaves, or a lime wedge. If one straw gets clogged or breaks, you still have another one in reserve! And, if you want to stir your drink, two straws will definitely hold up a lot better than one.

A second straw can also come in handy in the event your date or a friend wants to try your drink. Simply offer your friend a sip using your second straw, discretely remove it from your glass afterward, and set it aside while trying not to express disapproval or disgust.

Now You Know!

Bartenders know that it can be difficult to enjoy a cocktail using one small straw, so they always give you two. Sip your drink slowly or down it in a hurry. The choice is entirely yours.


By Michael

Chief mixologist and cocktail enthusiast at Swizzle Club.