The jukebox can be the best or worst thing in a bar, depending on who picks the songs (and how drunk they are).

So use it wisely. I asked a few barmen what they wish their customers would consider before hitting “play”.

1 Surprise us

We don’t need to hear “Bohemian Rhapsody” any-more. Great song, but overdone. Be original.

2 Check the clock

Right songs for the right times. If the crowd’s mellow, no metal. And if the bar is in full party mode, don’t drop a ballad on them.

3 Tip with tunes

Ask the bartender if he has a favourite song, and then play it. You might get a free drink or shot.