7 SIGNS YOUR BARTENDER REALLY KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING

7 SIGNS YOUR BARTENDER REALLY KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING

A bartender’s job is a balancing act. It requires juggling an assortment of drink orders and patron personalities, all while remaining calm, friendly and focused. It’s not a job for the easily frazzled. Unfortunately, though, everyone has had that other kind of bartender—the one you have to strain to flag down for...

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PEEVES

PEEVES

Build your own salad night! That’s like every night where I work. Why can’t people stick to the damned menu? I mean, I can understand subbing a dressing, or wanting no tomatoes. Some people don’t like tomatoes! I get it! Last night, I had a guest order an Asian style...

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20 Am azing “Tips” for Bartenders !

20 Am azing “Tips” for Bartenders !

Great bartenders are born, not made. If you walk through a crowd, you can pretty much point to people who could succeed at this job, based on how they carry themselves and how they relate to other people. The basic skills of the job can be taught, and the nuts...

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Mistaken Identity

Mistaken Identity

Last week I had to endure a case of mistaken identity and this week people cannot be bothered to even remember who I am. Given, my bar is high volume and turns a lot of customers but I can damn well remember every regular, every story, and every drink. I...

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5 FAC T S A BOUT BARTENDERS

5 FAC T S A BOUT BARTENDERS

1. THEY’RE SMART ABOUT WHAT THEY SPEND MONEY ON. Berkeley, California-based bartender Nat Harry suggests considering a drink’s recipe before you shell out for topshelf liquor. “Any time you have a spirit that’s going to be the star of the show, like in a Manhattan or a Martini, you’ll probably...

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Can yo u believe it’s December already ?

Can yo u believe it’s December already ?

2017 literally flew right by. Amongst the chaotic running around and endless holiday parties, December is the busiest month out of the whole year for the service industry. It’s a time when customers are full of emotions: excitement, loneliness, happiness, disappointment and optimism, and we, as bartenders, get to witness...

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The Bartender Secrets Customers Don’t Know

The Bartender Secrets Customers Don’t Know

As with all professions, bartenders have insight into their workplaces that the rest of us can’t match. But given that the rest of us hang out at their workplace, we might benefit from learning a tip or two. We asked bartenders across the country: What’s one bartender secret that customers don’t know?...

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Co-worker from hell

Co-worker from hell

We’ve all heard the expression, “You can’t choose your family” and that’s true. Usually by default, we love our family regardless because we share blood or grew up down the hall from one another. Like the old Irish proverb states, “We can kick the shit out of our siblings but...

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But I’m alm ost 21!!!

But I’m alm ost 21!!!

Recently, on a rather uneventful night bartending, a group of guys sauntered into the bar and sat down. With one look at them, I knew they were underage. I asked for ID and immediately noticed one of the guys was already nervously clutching his, tapping it on the bar. I...

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What I Wish Customers Knew

What I Wish Customers Knew

Your bartender has a name that was given to them at birth by their parents. It is not “Baby”, “Sweetie”, “Sexy” or “Bar Maid”. Keep that in mind the next time you try to get your bartenders attention by obnoxiously hollering across the bar. Change, such as quarters, dimes, and...

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