One of my recurrent peeves with bars down under is how so many of them misuse their ‘top-shelf’.
And it is not just restricted to local pubs, but many of the classier, up-market establishments are guilty as well.
The ‘top-shelf’ is supposed to be reserved for the superior quality (and thereby more expensive) spirits and liqueurs; your single barrel Bourbons, single malt Scotch, XO and above Cognacs, premium vodkas and such. Hence the term ‘top-shelf drink’, as opposed to ‘well-drinks’ (cheaper liquors that lie in the well of the bar and is easier for the barmen to get to).
A simple storage space for Smirnoff Vodkas is not what the top-shelves are for. Yes, I have seen that for real.
Worse still, as I spotted last night at a trendy local bar, a top-shelf should not be used to display beer-bottles – unless it is a beer-bar; at least not Matilda Bay brews (which mind you are quite decent brews); but especially not…….. Corona Extra Light !!!!
I have vented before about the puzzling fascination Aussies seem to have for this watery ghastliness, especially with the insufferable lime wedges. At least there is no accounting for bad tastes.
But to place the stuff on a top-shelf is pure sacrilege.
1: note that at a newsagent, the word has different connotations.