Restaurant Term of the Day

“The Grey Snail”

Also known as:  Free Shot, Mat Martini

This is the name for a shot consisting of the liquid buffet (beer foam, wine spill, liquor over-pour) that splashes onto the rubber bar mats during a bartender’s shift.  To “create” The Grey Snail, the bartender simply tilts the mat, emptying its fetid contents into the glass. This not-so-delicious gem is usually reserved for bitchy guests, as a way to punk a fellow teammate or for non-discriminating palates looking for free booze.

Let’s use it in a sentence!

“I can’t wait to see Ryan when he comes in.  He left me with the tab after work last night so he gets The Grey Snail in his water bottle later…”

grey snail shot


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