Category: A View From Behind the Bar Created on Thursday, 26 July 2012 22:51 Written by Your Friendly Neighbourhood Bartender Hits: 787
What a weekend. These last three days were eventful enough to write screenplays that could be potential Oscar Nominations. In this industry, you see everything. From random drunk people falling off chairs to Johnny Cash wannabe singers. Pubs seem to be the main attraction of these events, and I get a front row seat to all of it.
Being a Bartender at night, you see all the different types of characters. You can see a regular who never brings money and gets other regulars to buy her drinks CONSTANTLY. You get the guy who can't have running tabs, because he gets so drunk he forgets to pay, or just can't pay all together. You have the prick who insists you used low-end vodka in his drink when you obviously used premium and he witnessed you pouring the drink. He just wants to make a spectacle of the situation, most likely because he was bullied as a child and now he's older and can do it to young "slaves" like myself, as regulars like to refer to us workers of the night industry.
It never grows old. Not for a second. I never regret starting up the job ladder in my industry as a 16 year old Dishwasher, to the 24 year old Bartender I am today. I never expected myself to further myself in Food & Hospitality, but I really enjoy working with others and having an opportunity to work so close with random strangers. Some strangers, though, I do develop friendships with, others get on my nerves so much, I don't even say hello to them as they walk through my doors.
Almost every night I close my bar, just like this article has to come to a close, and one thought in my mind stands alone amongst the rest... What will happen tomorrow? This thought branches off into other smaller thoughts, but in this job, anything is possible with all the people that come through your doors.