You know you’re a bartender when…
Working as a bartender will teach you tons about yourself and social interaction, but I think that’s already covered elsewhere on this blog. What it doesn’t say is that it also brings along a whole new perspective on the general public. The statements below should definitely sound familiar if you’ve ever worked behind a bar;
…You’ll feel sorry for the bar staff on every night out.
Remember the days before you were a bartender, when you’d stand in a crowd waiting to be served and any one of this phrases crossed your mind, or lips; “she’s serving everyone before me”, “how long do I have to wait to get served?”, “He’s ignoring me on purpose!”
Well now that you’ve worked on a bar you’re probably thinking “she’s rushed off her feet”, “he’s clearly serving as fast as he can” and maybe even “I’m definitely going to leave a tip!” Because once you’ve worked behind a bar you’ll understand that it’s sometimes hard to remember who was first in a crowd and that you only have two hands!
…You no longer go for the cheap drinks or spirits to save cash.
Indeed, after you’ve been fully trained in the art of crafting perfect drinks and delicious cocktails, you’ll never want to settle for house spirits and cheap mixers again.
At EBS I learned to make classic cocktails and contemporary drinks with absolute precision; from the perfect ratios, to the appropriate building techniques – and how to pimp it up with just the right garnish both for the looks and a fragrance. After four weeks of training that discount whisky with a splash of coke in a plastic cup has lost its appeal for me.
…You’ll find yourself long-pouring just about every liquid when you get home from work.
Yes you’ll be long-pouring everything from tomato ketchup to shower gel, fabric softener and even the milk on your morning bowl of cornflakes. Indeed some habits are hard to shake, and once you’ve learnt the art of pouring liquor into a glass you’ll be sure to take that habit home with you when you leave the bar – at least it will give your housemates something to laugh at!
...You become a bit of an instructor when it comes to ordering drinks
From now on you’ll be silently judging every cocktail you drink and thinking of how the mixture could be improved; “there is too much sugar in this mojito” and “she really didn’t shake this properly”. Fear not though, the more you drink the less you’ll notice the imbalance of tequila to lime juice in your Margarita.
…You’ll be flirting of the job unintentionally
Working on a bar means being confident, charming and charismatic – which of course really means flirting with customers a lot of the time. The problem, however, is that you may forget to switch out of “flirt mode” when you leave the bar.
Most of the time this habit will work in your favour, but every now and again you may find yourself in a situation where you’re chatting up a girl and her big, brawny, vest-clad boyfriend comes over. Luckily as a bartender you’ve developed “the gift of the gab” and can coolly talk your way out of just about any situation.
…Your calculation skills are off the charts
After a few weeks, or even a few days of working on a bar you’ll notice that you no longer need to look at the cash register in order to know how much change to give; you’ll be able to work it out in your head in seconds! Seriously, your mental-math will improve quicker working behind a bar than it ever did sitting behind a desk at school. If everyone was required to work for one month as a bartender we’d have a planet of mathematicians.
…You’ll realize that becoming a bartender was the best decision you ever made
In what other job can you wake up late, joke and flirt with customers and co-workers, listen to the hottest new tunes and drink (a bit) on the job? If you’ve ever done a 9 to 5 office job, or labored hard out in the pouring rain or blistering heat you won’t have enough great things to say about working on a bar.
As a bartender you’ll make so many great friends, learn some invaluable skills, get to make the most of your free time (whether that’s a day off on the beach or a night off in the club), your social life and your working life will become one and the same, you’ll always have a funny story to tell and you’ll become no stranger to being handed a telephone number scribbled on a napkin – what’s not to love?
Becoming a bartender is a fantastic way to make friends, improve your confidence, earn some decent money and make lasting memories. If you’re reading this and you’re not already a bar tender, maybe you can now see that this is the career for you.