dontgetattached asked: Hi! I've been searching bartending tags and I came across one of your posts. If you have some time, I was wondering if you'd share how you landed your job? any suggestions/recommendations? I'm just starting to apply to bar back positions right now and would like to bartend eventually. thanks!

Honestly, I started as a server, and continued to be a server for a few years until I got tired of it and lied on my resume and got a bartending job and did a good enough job of winging it that I’m still bartending a few years later.

But seriously, it’s a “work your way up” sort of industry. Depending on where you work, you may have some opportunities to learn a few things behind the bar. But learn as much as you can on your own time. If you’re into beer, get Cicerone certified. If you like wine, take a few Somm. classes. If you like cocktails, buy some tools and lean how to make the basics at home.

It also sort of depends on what sort of bar you want to work at. If you’re gunning to work at a restaurant (which can be really nice due to limited hours and server tip outs) it won’t hurt to start as a server and put in your time and then ask to be cross-trained. If you’re doing the nightclub circuit, get REAL damn fast at making vodka sodas or whatever. Likewise for a shot and a beer type place - learn your whiskeys.

Basically, absorb everything you possibly can about as many aspects of the job as you can.

Or lie your face off. Just be prepared to back it up. :)

  • Pajamas?
  • Adidas slides or something; whatever, I don’t care.


(At his restaurant, but STILL.)


I was walking my dog and made a rather large gesture (I batted at a tetherball) and my ring flew off and into someone’s yard. So I got to knock on the door and ask permission from the homeowners to basically crawl around on their lawn and look for the stupid thing.

Cool Friday morning, guys.

(I found it.)