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I Am a Bartender

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    Not the first in my family.

    But I plan to be the best. My grandfather can mix a cocktail that could change your life. I'm not exaggerating. If you want the story behind that let me know.
    FallenPride FallenPride 22-25, M Aug 26, 2014

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    Check out this bottle opener on Kickstarter.

    I've personally used it and cannot say enough good things. Perfect for bartenders, as it's super sturdy and durable, attention-grabbing, fun to use, catches caps everytime, and more. Check it out and share with colleagues! Kickstarter, then search "BeerBro"
    getbeerbro getbeerbro 26-30, M Oct 26, 2014

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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 Jul 22, 2014

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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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    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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    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 1 Response May 22, 2013

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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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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2006

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses May 18, 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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    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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    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, 2014

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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 2 Responses Dec 21, 2008

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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, 2014

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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 31-35, F May 9, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 25, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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    Related Experiences

    When only a night with the girls will help........have a friend who needs her girls right now, so this song is for her.... Lady Antebellum - Bartender http://youtu.be/_rHuitW9xDc...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 8

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    A man goes into a bar and see's a sign that says $200 if you can make the horse laugh! So the guy goes over to the bartender and says I can make the horse laugh. The bartender say...
    ccrider63 ccrider63 61-65, M 1 Response Mar 19

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    I just heard this on the radio this morning. Three men were at a bar and the bartender gave them their tab of $30. So each guy put in $10. The bartender came back and said he...
    gjessica gjessica 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 16

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    A rich Arab walks into a bar and is about to order a drink, when he sees a guy close by wearing a Jewish cap, a prayer shawl and traditional locks of hair. He doesn't have to be...
    hancockian hancockian 66-70, M 1 Response Mar 24

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    A Shetland Pony walks into a bar and in a low, gruff, almost gravelly voice says "Hey bartender, bring me a beer". Of course the bartender obliges and as he serves the beer says...
    JessicaDale JessicaDale 51-55 5 Responses Mar 4

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    Caesar's In the fog it sat on the corner like a stubborn old Italian man disgusted by what has happened to the neighborhood. How could we resist? Out of the suffused daylight of...
    Meowsolini Meowsolini 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 5

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    Best flying dream First I was in the islands and was speaking to Angela them two girls came in that distracted me and made us laugh and I was talking to them later then everyone...
    reader44 reader44 26-30, M Mar 2

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    So then I was all like, "Bartender, I'd like to buy that table of women over there debating their favorite episode of The Bachelor a round of cats please "........
    LoneRider72 LoneRider72 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 6

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    The Ballad of Felicity Rose And they laughed as he came into town, Hair too long, and clothes long worn, “His eyes ain't right,” whispered one. “Best warn the others,” a...
    manofsolitude manofsolitude 46-50 Mar 7

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    I work as a bartender, a couple of week ago I was closing with Terri staying late and cleaning up and drinking , she is fun, we had the music playing as we worked, we started...
    susanvance susanvance 18-21, F 9 Responses Mar 8

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    What I'm really needing now is a double shot of Crown Chase that disco ball around till I don't remember Go until they cut me off wanna get a little lost In the noise in the lights...
    Sweetbeotch Sweetbeotch 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 12

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    Two rather old retired racehorses are in a bar getting totally drunk. After about two hours the first racehorse says "You know.... when I was a young racehorse...from one hundred...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 4 Responses Mar 13

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    I went to the local bar tonight. Alot of drunks. I saw my favorite bartender lady...Grace. Shez flirting with some lesboes...So I turn the tables on her...I give her co-worker,Jean...
    roxrockman roxrockman 26-30, F Mar 14

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    Bartender Song (Sittin' At A Bar)
    NotQuiteRite NotQuiteRite 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 15

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    I'm finding New Belgium Portage Porter to be very tasty. Samuel Adams Summer Ale is alright. I only had that because the English bartender (Pub owner) recommended it.
    Myzery Myzery 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 19

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    9I wanna write something but I don't know where to begin. And I don't know where to end.And hence the silence.Alright. Since I don't know where to begin today I'll begin the 'story...
    TheHermitChampion TheHermitChampion 22-25 Mar 19

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    I want to be able to flirt without thinking about how others will view me. How to flirt with a cute bartender when you're out with your colleagues? They will judge me and go "but...
    Desire91 Desire91 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    i used to work as a bartender and now i just simply hate it when people say to people that they're younger than their actual age. thats why i like to ask for their id and read...
    JasonDaniels123 JasonDaniels123 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    My husband is always grabbing my butt at home and in the store. So I was used to it. One night we were out late at the bar. We made our way up to the bar to order some drinks...
    NaughtyMegan NaughtyMegan 36-40, F 16 Responses 2 days ago

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    So...essentially I got drunk for the first time the other day and holy crap it was fantastic! So I had 5, 6, 7? fireballs? like three other shots..and two fruity drinks, one called...
    Pride49 Pride49 22-25, M 2 days ago

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    It something i've been told a lot over the years...met a bartender at a festival once who said I should consider doing voice work, but who knows if that was a pick up line. But I...
    alorabella alorabella 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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