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 within the bar community as being a fast workaholic bartender, and 2.  when i came to talking to women, i would completely freeze up and make a complete fool of myself, until i stepped behind a bar.  i was the guy that girls where friends with and wanted to hang out with, but would not date.  so for me it was a chance to be put in a situation where i could have a great night life and get paid for it.

please notice the second word in this story......was.  i have been out of "the life" for 4 years now.  i work as a carpenter and batch plant operator in IRAQ, and I ******* HATE IT.  In 3 weeks i am returning to the states and going right back into the industry i was ment to be in.  i chased the money, instead of being happy.  the overall life, the speed, having a service bar ticket printer spitting out ticket after ticket after ticket.  weeded up to my ball sack for hrs on end.   look out sa, the mick is back.

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2 Responses Mar 18, 2009

Hey I am looking for some good local places for a friend who just moved there. Nothing too scary and nothing too touristy. email me at jhopk2 at hotmail dot com

Have you considered the fact that bartending is for the most part a job for the youth. You are still young, but you may want to consider a plan for the days when the younger crowd behind you take your job. Maybe a position in bar management or learning the skills necessary to operate your own bar. <br />
I wish you the very best.