Let me ask you; why would anyone want to be a bartender? You’ll need to be able to knock up drinks orders in seconds, stay on your feet for around 8 hours a day, greet new and old faces to your section of the ‘stick’ all the while having money waved in your face to serve someone new. Your job is to facilitate fun with martinis, it is to remedy regret with Bloody Marys, your role is vital in the life of the party and your view of an evening’s decimation is unparalleled.
According to Wikipedia:
A bartender (also known as a barkeep, barman, barmaid, bar chef, tapster, mixologist, alcohol server, flairman or an alcohol chef) is a person who formulates and serves alcoholic or soft drink beverages behind the bar, usually in a licensed establishment. Bartenders also usually maintain the supplies and inventory for the bar. A bartender can generally mix classic cocktails such as a Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Mojito.
The latter of the above may be true in the US, however here in the UK it’s a slightly sombre affair when it comes to expecting any of the above cocktails to be available in all establishments.
Generally speaking, bartenders are the type of person that love their work, the drinks that they make and the nocturnal lifestyle they choose. Given time, these may progress into working in the drinks industry beyond the bars, such as repping, teaching or consultancy. A number of these bartenders actually progress to work with us at events, but more on that later.
Famous bartenders of history include Jerry Thomas,Ada Coleman, Salvatore Calabrese, Dale De Groff, Dick Bradsell, Gaz Regan, Toni Conigliaro and Tom Cruise of the 1988 film Cocktail. Nowadays, along with the rise of craft beers, craft barbershops, craft flat hats, craft sony walkmans, we see the rise of the craft bartender.
So, I ask you again; why would you want to be a bartender? Because aside from the rich history of drinks, dating back as early as the mid-1800s, Prohibition in the early 20th Century, and the rise of flair bartending in the 80s and 90s, you’ll get to experience events and parties from a truly first-hand experience. Some people want to be rock stars, but we want to be bartenders.
Being a bartender at events, be it private or corporate, gives you the best view as a bartender; getting to travel, see events from all angles and get paid a heck of a lot in the meantime – we pay £20ph for skilled bartenders, £25 for flair or molecular level.
If you want to join our team of superstar bartenders, email us for more information.
28 August 2019