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"Gimme a drink, bartender!"

The bartender slides the cup, mug or shot glass across the bar to a patron, who rests their hand on the end to catch the sliding drink. Sometimes, the patron may fail to catch it and it falls off the bar, revealing that he has never visited a bar before.

Variations include:

  • 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)

  • A 2014 Japanese advert for FamilyMart made in collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions sees their monster, Eleking sliding a cup of coffee to a girl said kaiju had a crush on.
  • A 2022 Jack Daniels ad has a bartender sliding someone's drink to them and quipping "I always wanted to do that", setting up the ad's theme: people doing things they've always wanted to.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 9 episode 32, Careless S. goes to a saloon in the Wild West and sees one of the cow patrons successfully catching a mug that is slid to him this way. Careless S. orders a glass of milk and tries to catch the cup as it slides... only to fail and end up ordering more glasses of milk, which he also fails to catch.

    Film — Animation 
  • In Lucky Luke: Daisy Town, the saloon's customers get their drinks this way. Somehow, the glass Luke orders seem somewhat sentient as it takes turns, avoids obstacles or jumps over them (or even splits in two and reassembles at that), all on its own.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The Back to the Future trilogy:
  • Bar sliding is incorporated into the choreography of "The Other Side" from The Greatest Showman, where the bartender slides drinks, chairs, and bottles periodically to Barnum as he tries to get Phillip to join the circus.
  • 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.
  • In Hudson Hawk, when Eddie orders a cappuccino, the bartender slides it down the bar to him.
  • In If, the girl in the cafe slides the coffees across the bar to Wallace and Travis, possibly in a haughty response to the way Travis tries to flirt with her.
  • In Penelope (2006), 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.
  • In Spy Kids, Gregorio Cortez slides a ringbox across the railing of the Eiffel Tower to Ingrid to propose to her.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Happens in Russ Abbot's High Noon parody. The bartender slides a metal mug of beer to Russ, but it stops short, so he produces a large horseshoe magnet to pull it the rest of the way.
  • 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.
  • Used in the title card for Bar Rescue, with a full glass smashing into the camera.
  • A cute female bartender does this with a glass of root beer she serves the underage Eric on Boy Meets World.
  • An episode of Cheers revolved around Sam's incredible curving bar slide, which had never been seen before nor was ever seen again.
  • The basis for one of the physical challenges on Double Dare - though with a "root beer-like substance", of course (and later green slime).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!")
  • How I Met Your Mother had an extended homage to Cocktail which involved this. Predictably, Barney and Ted broke a lot of glasses.
  • Happened in an episode of The Monkees. The bartender slides Micky a bottle, but he fails to catch it, and then asks the bartender to sling him a sponge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Westerner:
    • The bartender in "Jeff" performs a completely unnecessary one: sliding a bottle and glass along the bar to Dave, who is less than a foot away.
    • In "Brown", Dave and Burgundy hold a conversation in a crowded saloon while sliding a bottle back and forth between them along the bar.
  • 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.

  • One Old Master Q strip have the titular character in a bar, where an obnoxious bartender slides Master Q's drink only to nearly slide it off the counter, if Master Q didn't grab and catch it in time. The bartender pretends not to see a thing, so Master Q drinks maybe half a mug, and slides it back while sending the mug bouncing off the counter... into the bartender's face.

  • The video for Art of Noise's cover of The Peter Gunn Theme opens with a dingy private detective in a dingy bar. The barman has several goes at sliding him a drink, which he misses every time.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • The Super NES game Bugs Bunny: Rabbit Rampage had bartenders sliding beers in level 2.1, which took place in a saloon.
  • A weird example in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, where a skeleton bartender does this as an attack. Not to mention his death animation.
  • 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.
  • In the drink-mixing mini-game in Daughter for Dessert (on the Heidi path), the protagonist must mix each drink correctly, and then slide it down the bar to each customer.
  • In Fable II, the bartender job consists entirely of filling frothy mugs and sliding them down the bar.
  • In Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch, a bartender will slide an ice cream float down to Freddi and Luther, which will smash on the floor if the player doesn't click on it in time.
  • 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.
  • Godot from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations has this down to an art with mugs of coffee across his prosecutor bench.
  • 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.
  • Naturally, the episode of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time set in the Wild West features this as a minigame. With Sasparilla, apparently.
  • 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, and you lose a life if you fail to catch one. If you let any customers reach the kegs without being served, they slide you down the bar and into the wall. You also lose a life if you send a mug down a bar when there isn't a customer there to catch it.
  • Tequila & Boom Boom: To get the Dragonbreath drink at the saloon, you need to have Tequila catch it as it slides down the bar; it can take a few tries to succeed for first-time players.
  • In The Town with No Name, one can order a drink which must be caught before it slides off.
  • WarioWare:
    • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$: One of the microgames in the game is to catch a drink being slid down the bar. The drink speed and the timing required to catch it will vary depending on the difficulty level.
    • WarioWare: Twisted!: A microgame has you passing a drink to the patron by physically tilting the bar itself. WarioWare: D.I.Y. brings this game back and allows you to draw in whatever you want for the object sliding across.
  • 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 Champions of Far'aus, The barkeep in story chapter #3 does this.
    Offscreen patron: Hey barkeep, got any whiskey?
    [The barkeep fills a shot glass]
    Barkeep: [While sliding the drink across the bar] Apple juice coming up!note 
    Offscreen patron: [Confused] Huh?

    Western Animation 
  • Kaeloo: In "Let's Play Cowboys and Indians", Kaeloo and Quack Quack visit Stumpy's bar and order a soda and a yogurt respectively, both of which Stumpy slides across the countertop. Kaeloo catches her drink just fine, but Mr. Cat shoots Quack Quack's yogurt before he can catch it.
  • The Loud House: In "Homespun," Luna talks about how the family house is so dilapidated, they're able to slide the gravy boat between the two dinner tables using the slanted floors.
  • 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.
  • In the Zig & Sharko episode, "Coral Reef Cowboys", Zig orders a drink at a saloon and the bartender slides it to him; but even though Zig grabs it, it doesn't lose any momentum and Zig is dragged to the end of the bar and crashes into several patrons.

Bar Sliding People

  • In one of the US Kirby's Dream Land 2 commercials, Coo causes one of the customers to slide across the bar, ending in Kirby's mouth.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The title character does this to a sleazy stalker in the opening scene of The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.
  • A Girl Scout does the Bar Slide during the bar Brawl scene in Airplane!.
  • In Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted are slid down the bar and into a wall where some dancer girls are. Unsurprisingly, they try to go back for another peek after being pulled out.
  • Blazing Saddles. Taggart is slid down the buffet counter of the Warner Bros. commissary. When he gets to the end, the register clerk charges him based on the splashes of food on his clothing.
  • Bethany in Dogma slides herself down the length of the bar in order to reach the sink, which she's been ordered to bless.
  • In I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Momma slides a thug down the counter of a coffee shop.
  • Secondhand Lions uses the fight scene variant when Hubb is fighting a group of thugs in a diner (?).
    Walter: But there's four of 'em! * thug thrown over the bar* Three of 'em!
  • In Seven (1979), Ed slides Mr. Lee the length of his boardroom table and out the penthouse window.
  • In Superman II at the end Clark goes back to the diner they he got into a fight with a trucker jerk after having his powers taken away and getting himself beat up. After letting the guy hit him and hurt himself doing it he puts him on his food tray and slides him down into the bar into a pinball machine before paying them for the damage and leaving.
  • Happens in Xanadu during the "country" portion of the closing musical number.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Farscape. In "Look at the Princess" a Scarran does this to Aeryn Sun even though they're actually fighting in his own quarters and there's no shortage of bars on the Royal Planet.
  • Gwaine from Merlin (2008) was slid across the bar during a brawl in 3x08.
  • During the "bar room tidy" in the Red Dwarf episode "Backwards", Lister is at one point pulled across the bar, with glasses jumping back into place in his wake.
  • SCTV - the "Fishin' Musician" show featured Gil (John Candy) taking guest Carl Perkins on an endless road trip, driving four days straight fueled by coffee and cigarettes. At a roadhouse he reels in dazedly, proceeds to get stupid drunk, and picks a fight with an innocuous little guy who proceeds to beat the tar out of him before giving him a bar slide through the window.
  • The Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles". During the Starfleet vs Klingons Bar Brawl, Cyrano Jones is helping himself to the contents of the bar, and has to hastily pull a couple of glasses away as a man goes sliding across it.
  • Happens in Tales of the Gold Monkey with the bar owner doing a running tally of damages while the Bar Brawl is still in progress.
  • 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.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • During the Stadium Stampede match that took place as the main event of All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing 2020 PPV, Jake Hager found "Hangman" Adam Page chilling in the stadium bar and, after they briefly share a quiet drink (with Page pouring one out for Hager and performing a type-1 slide with the glass), they have a Bar Brawl, where Hager slams Page onto the bar and drags him down the length of it through all the bottles and glasses before dumping him off the end.
    Excalibur: Hangman Page finding out sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you.

    Video Games 
  • LJN's Back To The Future for the NES has Marty McFly being slid down the counter of Lou's Café and straight toward the door if he fails to stop Biff's goons from reaching the counter.
  • 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.
  • When Kiryu has a chance to brawl inside of a bar in the Yakuza series, he has a specific Heat Move involving the bar's counter, where he has some poor schmuck clean its contents with their bodies. In Yakuza 2 he uses it with a giant swing, but in later installments he just slams them onto the counter and slides them across the counter.


Y2 Bar Slide via Giant Swing

Kiryu sends a poor Bartender flying through his drinks and onto a shelf

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