I got hired!

  • LuckyPierre

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    May 16, 2010 7:13 AM GMT
    So I'm no longer the VP of IT. No longer making that 6 figure salary.

    Now I'm the go to Bartender at a luxury, convention hotel in their main casual dining/sports bar. We are the place all the conventioneers go when the free booze shuts down...

    My first day is next week... and I'm scared! This will be my first real bartending job.

    My personality got me the job... and soon I'm going to have to 'put up or shut up'! Thank god I get to wear real clothes!

    So-HELP!!! Any tips from you seasoned pros out there-either from behind or from in front of the bar? What are the little things that set a bartender apart frm the others (besides blowjobs in the back). icon_smile.gif

  • RedCedar

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    May 16, 2010 7:38 AM GMT
    Congratz icon_biggrin.gif

    I always liked watching bottle-flipping and such. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 16, 2010 8:15 AM GMT
    Pack the knee pads sweety... you'll need them icon_razz.gif
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    May 16, 2010 11:52 AM GMT
    Did you choose this career change?
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    May 16, 2010 11:55 AM GMT
    JSnow789 saidWhat are the little things that set a bartender apart frm the others (besides blowjobs in the back). icon_smile.gif

    The quality of the blowjobs.
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    May 16, 2010 12:00 PM GMT
    Bartenders are the best friend of everyone so don't be shy and talk to customers that you like, as if you've known them for a few years. Flirt but keep your distance with drunks.
    Pay attention (one eye open and keep an ear facing them) and go out of your way to make your customers comfortable. And most importantly, watch the box set of Cheers.
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    May 16, 2010 2:22 PM GMT
    Remember what I drink…”This guy really likes me he remembers what I drink.”
    Anticipate…Anticipate…Anticipate.
    Watch your tips; broke ass boys will snag then, as well as, your less scrupulous coworkers.
    Oh, and for god sake—don’t forget the Lime.
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    May 16, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    Bring your best Robert De Niro impression.
  • rnch

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    May 16, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]JSnow789 said[...So-HELP!!! Any tips from you seasoned pros out there-either from behind or from in front of the bar? What are the little things that set a bartender apart frm the others (besides blowjobs in the back). icon_smile.gif

    [/quote] the less clothes you wear, the more tips you earn. icon_wink.gif

    i receive text alterts from friends when a certain bartender gets down to just his well filled out boxer briefs. icon_twisted.gif

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    May 16, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    rnch said[quote][cite]JSnow789 said[...So-HELP!!! Any tips from you seasoned pros out there-either from behind or from in front of the bar? What are the little things that set a bartender apart frm the others (besides blowjobs in the back). icon_smile.gif

    the less clothes you wear, the more tips you earn. icon_wink.gif

    i receive text alterts from friends when a certain bartender gets down to just his well filled out boxer briefs. icon_twisted.gif

    [/quote]
    And where does this bartender work??? I'd like to get on my knees and give him a BIG tip.
  • rnch

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    May 16, 2010 3:17 PM GMT
    [/quote]
    And where does this bartender work??? I'd like to get on my knees and give him a BIG tip. [/quote] the bartender in question already has a big tip..and a longggg shaft. icon_wink.gif
  • stevendust

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    May 16, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    Welcome to the club! I got thrown to the wolves my first week because I got to work Pride. Probably best to go in crazy and settle down from there.
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    May 16, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
    I think the key to being a good bartender is treating everyone like they're a "regular" and the regulars like they're VIPs. Also, empathy is very important. Particularly working in a hotel bar, you're likely to have people traveling alone who want someone to talk to, so being a good listener will help.
  • Webster666

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    May 16, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
    Your personality got you the job, and that is what will impress the customers.
    Smile.
    Act like you're glad to see every single customer who steps up to buy a drink. After all, they're putting money into your paycheck.
    Don't pour a drink that's too strong or one that's too weak.
    Congratulations on getting the job !
    You'll do just fine.
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    May 16, 2010 7:14 PM GMT
    Wait- WHAT?

    What was wrong with your old job? icon_eek.gif


    Edit: and congrats.
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    May 16, 2010 7:21 PM GMT
    Congratulations! In any service related job, your personality will carry you through. Your customers will range from really cool people to absolute shit heads. Yes, even in a luxury hotel. My advice is to just do your best and keep a positive attitude. Smiles and attention to detail go a long way.
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    May 16, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    I am curious about your job change as well- did you choose it or did they downsize?
    Regardless, good luck in your new job- I hope you enjoy it.
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    May 16, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    If I remember from a previous thread, he got downsized (but he'd already paid for a cruise or vacation).

    Everybody is right. When I'm traveling alone, I go to the bar, and am hoping to fill in the time by chit chatting with the bartender. I tip extremely well for that nice bit of socialization.

    Attitude is everything. Personality is most important. I was at an incredibly upscale hotel bar a couple years ago, and while I probably wasn't dressed as I should be, they treated me horrible. I haven't been back since.
  • Cannon

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    May 16, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    My best tip is to stay calm and never act flustered. Even when there is a wall of people at your bar and you're working alone, just smile, work efficiently and act like you're having a great time. Also know your drinks and wear tight pants!
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    May 16, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    zarin saidIf I remember from a previous thread, he got downsized (but he'd already paid for a cruise or vacation).

    Everybody is right. When I'm traveling alone, I go to the bar, and am hoping to fill in the time by chit chatting with the bartender. I tip extremely well for that nice bit of socialization.

    Attitude is everything. Personality is most important. I was at an incredibly upscale hotel bar a couple years ago, and while I probably wasn't dressed as I should be, they treated me horrible. I haven't been back since.


    I think that is a miss on their part- I have seen good looking guys come into a nice bar in shorts, flip flops and a polo. The people there assume this guy has no money- but nine times out of ten they are guys like you (were dressed) that are good tippers but they lost out on that....
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    May 16, 2010 8:57 PM GMT
    Two main concepts got me paid as a bartender, and kept the job SUPER fun.

    #1 Let the customer talk. SOOOO many bartenders these days vent their problems from behind the bar. When it's supposed to be the opposite.

    #2 Keep it interesting. Always go the extra mile. I'll throw you an awesome example. Here is a stupid little napkin trick that always got people to smile. Great conversation starter, too. icon_smile.gif

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKtyE1cqQtI&feature=related
  • Import

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    May 16, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    Why would u quit a 6 figure salary as VP of IT...


    I think being VP of IT was much more pretigious. . . seriously.


    anyone can be a bartender icon_rolleyes.gif