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Anyone A (been A) Bartender?  
User currently offlineRindt From Germany, joined May 2000, 930 posts, RR: 13
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 904 times:

I'm thinking of becoming a bar-tender on the side to meet new people and make a little extra cash while I'm a pilot as well... so what's the good word? It's great knowing all the drinks, and a bit about wines/beers etc, but is it actually a fun job? I reckon' it can be hard work, but is it worth it in the end? I'd like to hear both sides of story... the good, the bad, and anything in between.


Cheers,
-Rob




What other people think of you is none of your business!
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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 889 times:

Hiya Rob,

Yeah I spent four years at uni and did bar work part time to cover the costs - its a great job as long as you have a good team. The people you work with are very important. You can have a really good time and yeah its hard work, but you can have a major laugh and a joke and its all good.

Do it man - great idea.

CM



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 888 times:

Im a bar man at the moment in my local and its a great place to work, the number of people that buy you a drink is great  Big thumbs up


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 868 times:

I've kinda been a bartender. A few years back, some friends of mine worked at a bar, and we'd hang out while they closed the bar, and we'd go behind the bar and pull ourselves a few pints (we never touched the hard stuff because their bosses kept track of the liquor very heavily).

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 862 times:

Have a friend who was a bartender for a while and brought in average of $700 checks each week...he's almost 20 so that's awesome money.

It's what I plan on doing once I am old enough.

American_4275


User currently offlineModernArt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 855 times:

My suggestion...

After your appropriate training classes (or after you've had some other worthwhile tending experience) apply for a position at a reputable, upscale topless bar...

Great scenery and higher than average tipping. A buddy here in Houston (a city known for its g-string-clad scenery) worked in such an establishment and made great cash and was befriended by many of the dancers. His stories are, to say the least, very interesting.

Hey, somebody's got to tend bar in those establishments. It might as well be you..


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 854 times:

American_4275,

Isn't the drinking age in the US 21?



Word
User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 829 times:

Yes but ironically, you don't have to be 21 to bartend. At least not where I live. My friend was 20 and he was bartending. Not sure what the official age is...

User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 830 times:

I think its minimum of 18 years.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1451 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 821 times:

In most states, including the one I moonlight in, the serving age for alcohol is 18.


thank goodness for TCAS !
User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 817 times:

I used to be a bar manager. It's a great job tending. If you like people and the bar scene, you'll have a great time.

Choose a bar with a crowd that will tip you well, and preferrably people that are your peers, because if you can relate to them, tey'll be more friendly with you, and you'll get mroe tips.

The downsides? Having all that booze around and not being able to drink too much of it.

Also, alcohol can cause trouble. So if a fight breaks out, thing sget hot quickly, and people you dont want to see may keep coming bac and keep causing trouble, and that can get dangerous if you are involved in some way, or have to be the one to tell people to leave.

Oh, and it's easy to get laid too form what I hear, if that's your thing. lol

Regards

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 806 times:

Interesting.

Up here you have to be 21 to get the TAM card, which is required to serve booze.



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User currently offlineRindt From Germany, joined May 2000, 930 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 803 times:

Something's up with the age to serve, because here I think if I read correctly, you had to be 17 to take bar-tending course. Not that I'm worried, as I'm 21... but still odd since drinking age here is 19.

I know over here at a nightclub I frequent, the 4-5 bartenders always get lots of attention, so I'm positive there's some late night booty-calls on after hours  Big grin Can't say I'm against it  Smile

As for dealing with the rowdy people, the bouncers take care of that shit. I've never seen a bartender have to deal physically with a drunk-ass punk wanting to stir up the shit. Which is why I'd never want to be a bouncer...

But the plus side of course is bartenders know other bartenders, and you make good connections... (quick entry to the club, free drinks, etc.)

-Rob






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