When do the bartender shifts end
Bartenders are the ultimate caregivers - their empathy is required for both liquid and verbal food.
If you've never worked behind a bar yourself, it can be difficult to understand that there's more to the job than just professional bottle lifting.
So, to clear up some misunderstandings about the wide world of beverage mixing, we spoke to some bartenders about the aspects of their job that many people least understand.
This results in the following 11 points to keep in mind when you go to the bar next time:
1. It looks easier than it is
On average, bartenders are likely to work 10-12 hours per shift. Sometimes even without taking a break.
There are hours of prep, hours of tidying up and cleaning. In between are the hours in which the bartender takes care of the well-being of his guests.
2. Your life is not an endless party
The bartenders are like parents at a slumber party: they work hard to make sure everyone else is having fun.
And when the children go to bed, they are awake longer to clean up the dirt of the evening.
3. If the bar is extremely loud and hectic, the quality goes down the drain
An experienced bartender always wants to make the best drink possible for his guests. In a busy bar, there is a skillful balance between meticulous craftsmanship and breakneck efficiency.
4. Bartending is largely multi-tasking and speed
Bartenders do it all at once. A cocktail enthusiast who makes drinks in their own four walls may be able to make a good Manhattan.
But it's a completely different thing to do three at once and take a beer order, settle a credit card while 10 strangers stare at you.
Most decent bartenders can multi-task like madmen. Good bartenders also keep their drinks at a high level. But only the best manage to entertain your guests with a friendly smile.
5. People trust bartenders more than their therapists
You don't pay a bartender for HIS time, but for the time YOU waste along the way.
So advice from a bartender seems to have the same touch of authority as advice from a professional therapist.
6. Human interaction is what makes bartenders feel human
While you might run into a gruff bartender who doesn't want to chat, most of them are fairly open-minded people who want the conversation too. Otherwise they would hardly be in this industry where you talk to strangers so much.
7. Most bartenders rarely order cocktails themselves
They want to make things as easy and stress-free as possible for their colleagues behind the bar, for example by simply ordering a beer and not a tiki drink with ten ingredients that the bartender would have to spend time preparing.
A bartender will usually try to order a drink that is easy to make.
8. Some bartenders drink during their work hours, but not all of them
Some bars don't allow their bartenders to drink during work hours, but some bartenders don't care.
It's not uncommon for a bartender to have a few shots during a shift. But many stick to the general rule not to drink with the customer. Since it is difficult to maintain concentration and an overview at work if you are drunk, they go as far as filling a vodka bottle with water to toast the guest with this "special shot". After all, the illusion should be preserved that the bartenders are also party guys.
9. Bartenders don't remember all names, but they always remember a tip
Tipping is the best way to get a bartender on your side. However, it is not always just the financial that counts. A nice conversation, the appreciation of the work, compliments on the quality of the drink are often worth more than the extra euro. And a "request" at the end of an order is also worth cash.
10. There is no cocktail "Just mix me something that you feel like"
The more precisely the guests express themselves, the better they will taste the prepared cocktail.
When you order a “Just do something good for me” or “What you believe” order, it is difficult to prepare the right drink.
So give the bartender a few tips about what you like - for example with regard to the taste (creamy, fruity, refreshing ...) or regarding your spirits preferences (rum, whiskey, tequila, ...).
A good bartender will be happy to advise you and will also prepare the right cocktail for you.
11. Women actually don't want to sleep with the bartender at all
Okay, some actually do, but the reality is usually different.
Most women are not patient enough to wait until 4:30 in the morning for their bartender to close the place, clear up and then after a few cheap beers and getting to know each other at the food stand, take them home.
This article was freely translated by Mate Kende (Cocktails & More) after Dan Gentile, a journalist who strengthens the national food and beverage team on Thrillist.com with his articles.
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