Waiting at the bar by yourself before your friends show up!
It's best to try and avoid this situation by any and all means necessary. Unless you're one of those weirdo bar fly guys that habitually frequents bars and clubs by themselves, and never seem to be phased by the extreme awkwardness of being alone. Urban Dictionary refer to it as 'pullin a Cielo.'
I’ll organize a house meet up prior to the bar, hell, even a street meet up if necessary. Anything to avoid having to wait in a bar by myself, fuck that noise. But sometimes it’s inescapable, you have to just do it, and deal with it.
When you're waiting alone for your friends to show up, minutes feel like hours. You explain to anyone that will listen that you're just waiting for your friends, a verbal reminder to yourself that you're not a creepy bastard. Bars are suppose to be social melting pots, but that being said, no one wants to talk to someone who just rolls in solo, and doesn’t immediately get identified by a group of people already in the bar. Instead, onlookers look at you like you’re Mr G Smith from the MoneyPool. Even though your phone could be blowing up with Facebook friend requests at the same time, you couldn’t feel more alone at this moment.
Pretending to look busy on my phone is how I try to mask my lone wolf anxiety. This is my sign to the bar and its patrons that even though I may be alone, people require my attention elsewhere because I am very popular on the outside of these walls. When really, I'm just opening and closing apps, and reading old texts. Fuck.