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I Am a Bartender

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    Going Back to "The Life" As a Bartender

    i was a bartender for 11 years, and it rocked.  I am used to a very high volume environment working a solid 4pm to 3am shift with the bar 2 deep everywhere you look.  why was this the best choice for me?  1.  i could hang with the speed, and got the reputation...
    dallasthebartender dallasthebartender 36-40 2 Responses Mar 18, 2009

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    "Everything I Know, I Learned In A Bar"

    My book; "Everything I Know, I Learned In A Bar" now ready to download on Kindle- Check it out at Amazon.com.
    jdavid jdavid 46-50, M Jul 15, 2012

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    This Is Where I Work.....

    I've always loved the back bar here, it was brought over from Europe and reassembled here. It's all original, and it's one of the longest bars in WI.....
    jackdaniels1967 jackdaniels1967 46-50, M 2 Responses May 22, 2013

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    Bartending

    Bartending is a lucrative career. It allowed me to raise my son in a comfortable manner. The job itself is demanding and can be quite stressful. Most people think it is easy until they try it. It is not just about knowing how to pour a drink or learning the recipes to the...
    nickie1 nickie1 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 21, 2008

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    Coming up on two years in the service industry,

    an industry I never thought I'd be a part of in a million years, this April, with my two year bartending anniversary coming in September. Cheers to that! Going from the monotony of manual labour, construction and machine operating to serving tasty beverages in the course of...
    Pepitobenito Pepitobenito 26-30, M Feb 6

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    Why I Love Being a Bartender...

    Well first of all, it's a lot of fun.  Being behind a bar and actually knowing what you're doing is a very exhilarating experience.  I feel powerful.  People kinda count on you to make their day/night (sometimes morning) with a good drink.  You can totally...
    justagirl21 justagirl21 21-25, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2006

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    So I'm a bartender and been doing it now

    for a year. I thought at first id just be making drinks but its not what I expected. I have to do takeout and serve tables as well. Its very overwhelming and stressful. I have anxiety attacks and am falling into a depression due to the stress of my job. I'm applying to other...
    ladygagaslover ladygagaslover 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    Extremely Anxious About Starting To Bartend

    Finished bartending school of Ontario last November and did really well.... I'm extremely interested in bartending but I got sick for a few months and in the mean time forgot how to make ALL OF THE DRINKS. Now, I'm soooooo extra nervous to find a job. I want to work for a...
    TeenyTiny TeenyTiny 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 8, 2010

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    Vote For My Bloody Mary

    Please help and vote for my Bloody Mary...http://www.absolutbloody.com/texas/420
    Shalpin Shalpin 26-30 Sep 2, 2012

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    Twenty Years :)

    Hello fellow bartenders! Respect to all who work hard to be the party, even though you may not be in the mood to do so. Bartending has given me confidence and I've made many great friends un the profession. My favorite job is working the waitress well and making sure the...
    Bdahl53 Bdahl53 61-65, F Nov 19, 2013

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    Pays the bills while I do what I really love:

    hairdressing! I certainly don't lack for tips, and I am not ashamed to flirt and use my assets to get more tips.
    jojokarel jojokarel 26-30, F Feb 6

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    The New Bar Community

    Hey guys, I am a Manchester based bartender, been doing it for about 5 years. I realised that there wasn't much in the way of a hub for those who really like to share drink recipes and what not, so I made one. Its in its early days but it's taking off, I am just looking for...
    mullenbartending mullenbartending 22-25 Mar 9, 2013

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    Lynchburg Lemonade

    One of my specialties.....and yes of course it has JD in it. 1 oz Jack Daniel's Whiskey 1/2 oz triple sec 1 oz sour mix lemon-lime soda
    jackdaniels1967 jackdaniels1967 46-50, M 4 Responses May 18, 2013

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    Why I Dont Love Bartending

    I live in a town with three bars and I work at two, use to work at the third before I quit and owners changed. It's a small town, everyone knows everyone, everyone's personal lives and family problems. More than most of my customers are daily, some time, same conversations....ALL...
    BlueAndYellow3 BlueAndYellow3 22-25 6 Responses Feb 24, 2013

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    From Boilermaker To Boulevardier

    A couple of years ago I moved from Chicago to Atlanta to pursue a degree in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Although some time had passed since I graduated high school, I moved south in hopes of better weather and a new future. I detested dorm life, having...
    celinebay celinebay 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 17, 2013

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    Dear inconsiderate, repugnant customer,

    I don't understand how you joke around with me and I make you laugh. Then all of a sudden, when you realized I forgot your complimentary side salad, you tell me that my service was ******. Roll your eyes at me. Tell me that I shouldn't drink water when you were waiting for your...
    Reveur66 Reveur66 26-30, F Apr 26

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    I've been unofficially bar-tending

    for about a month and a half now. I love the bar industry and always wanted to work in one. The reason I'm an unofficial bartender is because I'm only 20 and technically at my bar you have to be 21 to bartend. I would love to hear stories and tips about it because I work at a...
    AzaleaT AzaleaT 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    Love My Job

    alcohol... is a reason for many good stories...coz u never hear a story " that one time i had a salad"......
    thenaughtybar10der thenaughtybar10der 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 10, 2012

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    actually a beer tub girl At a country niteclub,

    Its the same kind of job as a bartender with tips except beer only! I enjoy it esp on weekends when tips are good!
    kohlsgirl kohlsgirl 26-30, F May 9

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    Not Officially

    I've gone through bartender's schooling, I've practiced at home, and tend bars at a few parties but I've never been hired as a bartender nor have I made any real money doing so. Though I may not be an "official" bartender, I still hold the title proudly.
    JackGrant JackGrant 22-25, M Sep 26, 2013

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    Hi Everyone!

    I was really hoping you could help me out. I’m pursuing a master’s degree in psychology and working on a research project examining who we relate to others while at work. We would love to get data from those who are in various fields of employment who work with others on the...
    beanpsych beanpsych 26-30 Jun 7, 2013

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    I finally feel settled with something.

    The people I've met through this job are all quirky in their own way and I don't admire or like all of them. Frankly I really dislike some. We spent too much time together and we talk a lot of ****, but we would always stick up for one another and never miss a birthday or betray...
    TessieRue TessieRue 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    Related Experiences

    As the title says I work on Bourbon St. I'm a Louisiana and New Orleans local and one of the few that you'll find behind the bar in the French Quarter. I love my job even though...
    gh057 gh057 26-30, F Jul 1

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    I couldn't ask for a better job. I love what I do. I have so much fun and meet so many crazy people everyday.
    sassythang sassythang 41-45, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    A man sat down at a bar and told the bartender, "I bet you three hundred dollars that I can **** into the cup all the way over there on the other side of the bar and not miss a...
    Tasha15Girl Tasha15Girl 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    A man was sitting in a bar and noticed a group of people using sign language. He also noticed that the bartender was using sign language to speak to them. When the bartender...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    A string walks into a bar and says to the bartender "gimme a beer". The bartender looks at him and says "sorry buddy we don't server strings here, you have to leave!" The strings...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 2 Responses Jun 28

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    A blonde, a brunette and a redhead went into a bar and asked the bartender for some drinks: Brunette: "I'll have a B and C." Bartender: "What is a B and C?" Brunette...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 2 Responses Jul 1

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    "51 Days!!" : )A bartender is sitting behind the bar on a typical day when the door bursts open and in come four exuberant blondes. They come up to the bar, order five bottles of...
    ceywat ceywat 51-55, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I want to travel. I have always wanted to travel but when i think of it i never actually can figure out if i am running away from something old or running to something knew. Every...
    completelynotdallas completelynotdallas 16-17, M Jul 12

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    So get this. About 20 minutes ago I had the best laugh of my life. Me and my fiancé were at the bar in one of these great seafood places near the resort we stay in. My fianc...
    XxVivaLaBellaxX XxVivaLaBellaxX 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 13

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    I like sittin at the bar with a beer in one hand smoke in the other. I like jammin the jukebox and shootin the breeze with the bartender. Don't mind crackin some balls n tossin...
    Iamjustalonelygirl Iamjustalonelygirl 36-40, F Jun 30

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    I'm 24 years old, 5'5", 115 pounds, the day bartender at a very successful bar, and the single mother to one beautiful girl. I've been abusing my Adderall lately...and loving it. I...
    powsupermum powsupermum 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 1

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    A guy walks into a bar with an alligator. It's about 10 feet long. The bartender flips out and says, "Hey buddy, you gotta get that son of a ***** outta here. It's going to bite...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 26-30, F Jul 1

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    I just really need to get this off of my chest. My husband of four years and I recently switched to progressive insurance and signed up for snap shot. Little did I know that that...
    mills1126 mills1126 26-30, F 7 Responses Jul 7

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    Loving Lady Antebellum's Bartender!!!
    JJP36 JJP36 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 10

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    Like I don't remember who made the post about Lady Antebellum's new song Bartender but now it's stuck in my head, but in a good way. Replayed the video about a million times 'cause...
    DrakeLineous DrakeLineous 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 11

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    I have been working two jobs and going to school too. Well, school is done for the summer and I finally had a weekend off. So I packed up with another girl from work and we...
    Marcette88 Marcette88 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 12

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    This is more of rant than a question. Genetically, I am predisposed to looking really young. I am korean/30male/173cm. My mother (which I think I got it from) is 67 and she looks...
    anonnam anonnam 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 14

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    "I just gave the bartender my number in roman numerals. If she figures it out, she's worth a shot." And that's how I'll test guys.
    Lokilover49 Lokilover49 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 17

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    I got my toes in the water, *** in the sand Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand Life is good today. Life is good today. Well, the plane touched down just about 3 o...
    djag2007 djag2007 22-25, M Jul 17

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    Charles Dickens walks into a bar and orders a martini. The bartender asks,"Olive or twist?"
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 2 Responses Jul 17

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    I don't love them. I just like their songs. Like I think their new song bartender is so catchy lmfao
    steve0629 steve0629 18-21, M Jul 17

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    ++im 19 and look 15 and im sick of it. i cant grow facial hair and im tall (6'2) and skinny. it has really affected my life. i am very self concious and i have a low self esteem. i...
    farmac1st farmac1st 18-21, M a week ago

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    im 19 and look 15 and im sick of it. i cant grow facial hair and im tall (6'2) and skinny. it has really affected my life. i am very self concious and i have a low self esteem. i...
    farmac1st farmac1st 18-21, M 1 Response a week ago

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    My ex started drinking a year and a half ago. She left me for a bartender. We have twins together one has disabilities. I have them all the time and take care of everything. Some...
    leshrac leshrac 26-30, M a week ago

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    We met when we were in high school. Dated for 5 years and have been married for 12 years. While we were dating and for the first 7 years of marriage we were inseparable. We did...
    ACC888 ACC888 36-40, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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