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5 Signs You’d Make an Awesome Bartender

Being a bartender can be a really fun job. You get to meet new people, put a smile on their faces, get creative, and of course, work in a fun, upbeat atmosphere. But how do you know if it’s the right job for you? Here are five signs that you would make an awesome bartender! […]

Being a bartender can be a really fun job. You get to meet new people, put a smile on their faces, get creative, and of course, work in a fun, upbeat atmosphere. But how do you know if it’s the right job for you? Here are five signs that you would make an awesome bartender!

You go to a party and remember the names of at least five different people that you’ve only met once before.

A great memory will serve you well as a bartender. It definitely helps when you can make various drinks from memory, rather than having to review your nifty cheat sheets. It also helps to remember names of the regular customers. Bartending is not only about making drinks, it’s also about being a good salesperson, and knowing the names of your customers is a great way to make your bar feel like their bar – one that they keep coming back to.

You respect the classics but like to add your own flare to a cocktail.

Bartenders like to flex their creative muscle – and there are plenty of opportunities to do it. You’ll want to have a sense of what flavors work well with others and of course, know the classics too. Many bars will let bartenders experiment and make their own signature concoctions. When Imbibe Magazine interviewed bartender, Ivy Mix of Clover Club in Brooklyn, she said that she finds inspiration in pastry and dessert books for flavor profiles that might go well together.

**When going out with friends or on your own, you have a habit of striking up conversations with random strangers who become instant friends. **

A bartender is like the conductor of a bar. If you’re truly an awesome bartender, your regular crowd will grow and they will come to the bar just for you. Having an outgoing personality goes a long way. Laughing it up with customers, sharing jokes, letting them share stories about their lives with you, and showing interest in them just might bring in some larger tips.

Your bathroom drawers are organized in chronological order based on your daily routine so that everything is easy to find and you can get out the door on time.

The more drinks you produce, the more you sell. So keeping your ingredients in an organized fashion so you know where everything is helps you produce drinks faster and makes it easier to multi-task. You don’t have to be as eccentric as movie maker, Casey Neistat is about his studio. But he has a point when he says, “…every minute that I spend searching for Velcro tape or my drill gun is a minute I’m not doing something productive. So why not build an infrastructure that supports that rather than encourages the chaos.”

You stay calm under pressure.

Let’s say you’re driving and a car cuts you off for no reason. You roll your eyes or shake your head, but you blow it off and don’t let it get to you.

One thing that awesome bartenders have in common is patience.

Bartenders have to deal with all types of customers – rude customers, belligerent drunk customers, customers that think they are the all-mighty, and the indecisive customers who ask you lots of questions and take up a lot of your time. Staying calm and collected with those “special” customers may be one of the toughest part of the job, but as Aristotle said, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” You will reap the rewards as a patient bartender.

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