The bartender slides the cup, mug or shot glass across the bar to a patron. Sometimes, the patron may fail to catch it and it falls off the bar, revealing that he has never visited a bar before.
- Sliding other items and/or objects directly into somebody's hand across a bar or other flat surface.
- A person being slid across the bar in a Bar Brawl scene.
A common trope in Westerns
For more complex bar-related theatrics, see Flair Bartending
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Bar Slide as a method of delivering drinks (or similar items)
- In Penelope, the heroine has left her house for the first time in her life and has gone into a bar to get the "real" experience. The bartender cheerfully slides her over a beer, but she is so insulated that she does not even know she is supposed to catch it and stares at the glass in surprise at it slides off the bar and shatters on the ground. The bartender explains that she is supposed to catch it and slides her another on the house.
- The Back to the Future trilogy:
- George goes into Lou's Cafe and needs some liquid courage. So he orders... a chocolate milkshake; Lou slides the drink to him across the bar counter.
- Amplified awesome because the milkshake appears on the counter top a split second after George orders it!
- An outtake of this has Crispin Glover put his hand down in the wrong place, leading to the glass missing his hand and crashing to the floor, prompting a change of clothes.
- The saloon tender slides Marty McFly a gun right before the big showdown in Back to the Future 3.
- In Hudson Hawk, when Eddie orders a cappuccino, the bartender slides it down the bar to him.
- In Spy Kids, Gregorio Cortez slides a ringbox across the railing of the Eiffel Tower to Ingrid to propose to her.
- In Hot Tub Time Machine, Lou tries this to a girl. She's staring at him but ignores the shot-glass, which shatters on the wall next to her. As does the second one.
- The Three Stooges used this in a number of shorts, often with one of the Stooges bending over at the edge of the counter and the drink (or perhaps bowl of soup) spilling on his back.
- Used as a gag in an Italian movie: the main character asks for a beer while in a Spanish bar/restaurant. The barman slides a very large mug of beer down the bar, hitting him squarely in the face.
Live Action TV
- An episode of Cheers revolved around Sam's incredible curving bar slide, which had never been seen before nor was ever seen again.
- Happens in that one Friends episode where Joey is hired to be a perfume sample guy in a department store...wearing a cowboy outfit. Made even better by the fact that Chandler has squeezed a juice box into a tumbler for full effect.
- In Heroes, Future!Peter uses his telekinesis to visually invoke this. Sylar does the same thing, only with some coffee in a Greasy Spoon instead of at a bar (Television Without Pity: "So he can grab his coffee without moving his forearms? DAMN YOU, EVOLUTION!")
- One of Earl's deeds in My Name Is Earl was to fix the bar; otherwise, whenever someone tried to do this, someone had to grab the beer half-way through and move it over the dent in the bar.
- How I Met Your Mother had an extended homage to Cocktail which involved this. Predictably, Barney and Ted broke a lot of glasses.
- One episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway? had Colin playing Sound Effects as an Old West sheriff. When the bartender starts slinging beers too fast, he blows up a glove cartoon-style and catches it, earning a round of applause from the audience.
- The Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles".
- Happens in The Goodies, specifically the Western parody "Bunfight at the O.K. Tearooms". The surly barmaid slides two dainty teacups down the bar to Tim and Bill, who fail to catch them.
- Sam from Supernatural is a fan of the first variant, often sliding whatever is in his hand over to Dean. Dean does the reverse, but not as often.
- A task in Season 6 of The Amazing Race had the teams do this while aiming for a target on a bar made entirely of ice.
- The basis for one of the physical challenges on Double Dare - though with a "root beer-like substance", of course (and later green slime).
- Genesis' music video for their 1983 song "Illegal Alien" — which is about exactly what you think it's about — features one of these, with all three (British) band members dressed as Mexicans seated at a bar...and all three miss the glass.
- I Love This Bar by Toby Keith. The opening scene is a pretentious yuppie chewing somebody out over his cell phone as he strides into a blue-collar bar. He barks an order at the bartender, who slides it down. The yuppie misses. The glass continues down the bar, knocking the beers from the hands of two heavily tattooed, mustached, sunglasses-wearing blue-collar bad boys. There is a collective gasp from the bar at this faux pas. The regulars refuse to take it well, and the song begins as the yuppie starts receiving an ass-beating. It gets stranger from there. the two regulars also use the second version of the trope by sliding the yuppie down the bar-much to the barkeep's dismay.
- A weird example in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, where a skeleton bartender does this as an attack. Not to mention his death animation.
- Godot from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations has this down to an art with mugs of coffee across his prosecutor bench.
- In Freddy Fish, an inexperienced bartender slides an ice cream float to Freddy and it smashes on the floor.
- The 1983 Midway arcade game Tapper featured this as a game mechanic. The force of the mug pushing the customer out the door is the only way to get them out of your hair. The empty mugs are slid back to you the same way.
- The Super NES game Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage had bartenders sliding beers in level 2.1, which took place in a saloon.
- One of the microgames in the first WarioWare game is to catch a drink being slid down the bar.
- Its sequel, WarioWare: Twisted!, has you passing a drink to the patron by physically tilting the bar itself.
- The Wild West chapter of Live A Live features one of the bad guys ordering a glass of milk and sliding it to the chapter's protagonist, the Sundown Kid. You can choose to slide it back.
- A primitive Game & Watch-style clamshell portable, Western Bar, required the player to move back and forth to avoid getting hit by thrown ashtrays and plates while shooting plates and bottles being barslid by the 'tender.
- In Fable II, the bartender job consists entirely of filling frothy mugs and sliding them down the bar.
- In The Town With No Name, one can order a drink which must be caught before it slides off.
- In The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World, a Mini-Game includes jumping over drinks that Moe slides down his bar, while catching the power-ups.
- The videogame adaptation of Cool World had an odd sequence where the player had to activate a bar slide of a bottle, navigate through a bit of platforming to get past the bottle, then catch it at the last moment so it can be given to another character.
- Naturally, the episode of Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time set in the Wild West features this as a minigame. With Sasparilla, apparently.
- In the Tex Avery cartoon "The Shooting of Dan McGoo," a beer thus slid navigates a sharp curve, then stops at a miniature intersection to let other beers cross. Starts at 2:12.
- In one of the Lucky Luke cartoons, a bartender sends Luke his beer at the other end of the bar. Along the way, it swerves several times and even splits itself in half to go around a mug before being snatched up by one of the saloon girls.
Bar Sliding People
Live Action TV
- In the Torchwood episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", Captain John slides Captain Jack across the bar as they fight, smashing the glasses he's been drinking out of as he does so.
- Gwaine from Merlin was slid across the bar during a brawl in 3x08.
- The Movies includes the option for a bar slide scene on the appropriate sets.
- Tapper again; if the slowly advancing customers make it to the end of the bar, they pull this on you as punishment for your slow service.