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Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 1:37 pm

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.


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-Rob

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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 5:34 pm

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.

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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 5:47 pm

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
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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 4:53 am

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).
 
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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 5:16 am

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.

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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 6:32 am

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..
 
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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 6:37 am

American_4275,

Isn't the drinking age in the US 21?
 
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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:03 am

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...
 
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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:09 am

I think its minimum of 18 years.
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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:27 am

In most states, including the one I moonlight in, the serving age for alcohol is 18.
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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:36 am

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

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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 4:17 pm

Interesting.

Up here you have to be 21 to get the TAM card, which is required to serve booze.
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RE: Anyone A (been A) Bartender?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 4:28 pm

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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