Hey dude, I bartend at a bar here in San Antonio called the Pegasus, it’s a pretty decent job. I understand the stigma about the course, just know it really did help, now I see other guys training and they are so slow, and really don’t even get to a certain level as the rest, as for me the boss even said he believed it wasn’t a waste because training me was easier than anyone else since I had knowledge.
I did apply to many places and I just turned down because of skill, I had employers say they wanted someone already skilled. They basically made it sound like I was ignorant, but did give me advice about getting a job; they said I looked the part but if I could start at a small bar and then come back. Well then I applied at the Pegasus, they told me they needed someone that night if I was available, well long story short, screw the other bar, I have been with the Pegasus for close to a year and love it, my income is surprisingly amazing even in a small bar.
Decide where you want to work, if it’s a gay scene then dress that part when you apply. If you are considering a fancy restaurant, then you should probably be really dressed up. Think what will make you comfortable, if you don’t like people hitting on you and grabbing you, then a gay bar is totally not for you, but be advised gay bar bartenders make so much more than straight, most damn straight people do not tip. I have a boyfriend (wait till you get the stigma, "I can’t date a bartender) but we have an understanding, when I work, I'm single, then he knows who I come home too you will see bartending is really rough on a relationship unless you have mutual trust. Guys go after guys who are single, if you’re not on the market they look for the guy who is. Never give your number out, your working....not working it, lol. Plus you get so many freaks, I made a bad decision and told somebody I get out at 4 thinking they would leave, they waited and I had to have the manager walk me to my car.
If you need any drink recipe or any other info feel free to email me man,