A termite walks into a bar

A termite walks into a bar and asks, "Where is the bartender?"

In this joke, the humor is derived from the unstated reason for the termite asking where the bartender is. The listener is supposed to assume that the termite wants to eat the bar (or something that is wood in the bar), but thinks that the bartender will try to stop him, so he has to check to make sure that the bartender is not present, or is otherwise occupied.

Edit 12/31/19: I just realized that this is also a pun- bartender is a pun with bar tender - as in "where is the bar soft enough to be easy to eat."


  1. Wow - i didn't expect spammers to try and spam this blog with termite removal ads... I guess that the joke is on me.

  2. The way I heard the joke was: "Is the bar tender here?"
    Like you would ask if the steak was tender at a resturant.

  3. It’s most definitely intended to mean, is the bar soft? He’s a termite...he eats wood. Nobody said the bartender would stop him 😂

  4. This is kind of a stupid joke. The termite walks into a bar and if he does not want the bartender present or intends to eat the bar then why would he ask, "Where's the bartender?" Second, I assume he walked in alone so who is he asking "where is the bar tender?"

  5. The pun "is the bar tender here" vs. "is the bartender here" is the whole point of the joke. Termites (and their close relatives, roaches) eat soft, rotting, *tender* wood.

  6. not one single person has gotten this joke. A termite walks into a bar, sits down, and asks "So, Where is all this bar tinder". (tinder = wood)


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