I've been pondering this situation for quite awhile wondering who to turn to for advice when it hit me to try here. I recently started my first professional job in an architectural office as a designer a month and a half ago. Out of the roughly 18 or so people working there, I am the only one who doesn't drink alcohol. This is for various reasons, none of which make me pass judgment on people who do. I do not see myself better in anyway, it's just not something I do. If reasons that I don't drink are important and would help in giving advice, I can provide them. Anyway, I really enjoy working with the people there, and in my experience, architects (and architecture students) tend to be very sociable, so a lot of them will go out to happy hour after work at least once a week or so, and I'm always invited of course. My question is not how to turn them down, but what will I do when I go there? I've never really been in a bar before and I'm very ignorant about how it all works, to the point where it's almost embarrassing. So please forgive my lack of knowledge. 1. I'm sure you can order "virgin" drinks from the bar, but I have no clue as to what to have. I've had a virgin daiquiri before which was pretty good, but that's about where I run out info. I've looked up non-alcoholic mixed drinks on Wikipedia and there are quite a few, but will the bartender know any of them? 2. How do you pay at the bar and how do you know how much it is? How much do you tip? What if I don't have cash? 3. I don't know if anyone really knows that I don't drink yet. No one has asked me but I haven't volunteered the information either. I was afraid that would make me look arrogant or stuck up or something. When I go with them over to the bar and I order a non-alcoholic drink, what reaction can I expect? Any and all advice is welcome.