Want to be a bartender when I grow up

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    Dec 11, 2008 12:24 AM GMT
    Stupid question, but I'm going to grad school and will have a lot of evenings/nights off to slack off, and I'd rather work serve tables or to tend bar. I got no experience right now, anyone know how to start at 24 years to serve tables and eventually get a bartending position?
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    Dec 11, 2008 3:13 AM GMT
    oceanboy11 saidStupid question, but I'm going to grad school and will have a lot of evenings/nights off to slack off, and I'd rather work serve tables or to tend bar. I got no experience right now, anyone know how to start at 24 years to serve tables and eventually get a bartending position?
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    It depends on where you are working, but try for the bartending position, you'll make more money. If they want someone with more experience, starting waiting tables. You can find websites with details about making drinks, too. Most cities have some type of bartending school, that could help, too.
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    Dec 11, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    A lot of my friends who bartend started off working tables for a restaurant like applebees or something with a bar, and after working for a little while, put out an interest in bartending. When they know you have the dedication, it's a lot easier to get in, and then you have the experience to work somewhere even cooler! I think it would be awesome to bartend...if you couldn't tell haha
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    Dec 11, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    Scottieboy has the right idea! If you cant charm your way into being a barback and moving up, then go for a chain or local restaurant with a bar to work your way into the experience. Eventually you'll get enough experience to work in a busier bar.
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    Dec 11, 2008 5:46 AM GMT
    It's most normal to start out as barback, or busboy. This guy clears glasses, stocks fridges, washes glasses, gets ice, cleans up after the bartenders, wipes down the bar etc etc.

    After a while, there is certain to be a position come up where you can step up to the bartenders position.

    Also (and this is a BIG rule for me in my restaurant), if you want to move up in the world, LET ME KNOW. I can't mind-read and I won't know that you want to become a bartender if you don't tell me right from the start.

    I'm not going to come over to you and say, "Hey, wanna be bartender?"

    Put your hand up and let people know what you are aiming for.

    Good luck.
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    Dec 11, 2008 5:50 AM GMT
    You have promise. Anyone going into this who knows that the verb is "to tend bar" rather than "bartend" is tops in my book. But, as folks have said here, it takes a lot of schmoozing and ass kissing to get that first job. My first job tending bar was... unspeakably bad. But, I worked my way through the local gay bars and tried to reestablish myself in a busier, though more clothed, bar/restaurant. Strangely, they thought it was strange when I offered to take off my shirt during the interview.
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    Dec 11, 2008 6:26 AM GMT
    hehe, thanks for the awesome responses... motivation for the road!
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    Dec 11, 2008 6:47 AM GMT
    it's going to be very hard for you to find somthing in sd if you want to be in hillcrest the bars are all full staffed :/
    my b/f's a bartender so i know a lot of the ppl lol
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    Dec 11, 2008 6:50 AM GMT
    i'm not clear on why you'll have nights off in grad school... is it not a very demanding program???

    i want you to come tend bar when i'm dancing. we'll have club realjock. hot! where's rocco????
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    Dec 11, 2008 6:55 AM GMT
    I did go to SF Bartending School, but I think it might be more fun to be a dancer at the BAR-J. Decisions decisions...
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    Dec 11, 2008 7:22 AM GMT
    Oceanboy, you definitely just stole my idea for getting through grad school.

    If I'm out thataway next year, you better be on your toes - it's gonna be a bartender rumble.
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    Dec 11, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    aerovaulter saidOceanboy, you definitely just stole my idea for getting through grad school.

    If I'm out thataway next year, you better be on your toes - it's gonna be a bartender rumble.



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