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NEW [18 Jan 2008|11:16pm]

Ok... so I got that lucky shot at getting into a bar and I work three shifts a week. I am about three weeks in.. so I would feel dumb having to ask my boss this question.

Ok when making a Kamakazi(on the rocks) I am wondering am I supposed to charge extra for the triple sec and lime juice or do I just adjust the portions of the drink down to a ounce?
Our well drinks are $2.50 so if I was to add triple sec would that change the price?

I am going to ask my manager(who wasn't the one who trained me I was trained by a guy who wasn't completely aware of everything himself) to go over how to price mixed drinks. I basically shadowed him for two days for 5 hours and he didn't have to make any mixed drink except a bloody mary(which I had down right away) so I didn't really get trained on the pricing of a mixed drink.

I am so afraid of losing my job. I think they like me, I am a attractive 25 year old well endowed blonde and I have already got customers seeing me from the street walking in and staying for hours, and all the regulars tell me I am doing a great job. I keep a upbeat personality, I attempt to upsell, I pay attention to peoples drinks getting low.

The bar I work at is slow but my Saturday day shift can be busy and my boss did say she was concerned about if I could be fast enough. I have anxiety major but I am just going to do my best.

I am the type of person who tries to do everything perfect at work PERFECT, and tending bar has been the only job I haven't been able to figure out immediately. I am actually afraid to express my concerns to my very nice bosses because I don't want to lose my job.

Also... is it normal for bartenders to drink at work, my manager said it was ok for a customer to buy me one drink, the other night I had a couple shots with some customers they were 1/3 ounce vodka 1/3 peach schnapp.. so I figured more then once only equaled like a ounce. I raely drink though so it gave me a buzz and that was last satuday right before I got slammed so I guess I feel really guilty for being buzzed on my first rush. But when my manager took over for me the other day she had two drinks before her shift so I should just get over it.

Sorry for all the rambling. I am making great money, having a lot of fun, and I just don't want to lose my job.
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Barback jobs [21 Jun 2007|04:51pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I'd like to pick anyone's brain out there...

A friend of mine is looking for a job (he's a computer programmer whose company is going kaput), so he's looking for some (temp) work to make some extra cash.  How much experience does one need to be a barback (in NYC) ?  He has a flex schedule...




Whats new crew? [05 Jan 2007|05:26pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]


WOO! I got to post the 1st message of 2007!! That deserves a shot! haha
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?? [12 Oct 2006|06:53pm]

[ mood | calm ]

Wow! Everybody must be having a good time (or REALLY hungover) cuz no one has posted a message on here in a while!! haha

So I figured I would break the silence!!! Hows everybody been doin???

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Just Joined... [02 Oct 2006|11:20am]

[ mood | excited ]

Hey everybody : )

Just want to say that I have loved bartending for as long as I can remember! Just last year, I got my bartending and mixology certification : ) Can't wait to talk bout one of my passions in life : )

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Time for a change [09 Aug 2006|01:54pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Getting fed up with my current job, I decided to look for other jobs. I had an interview at the Westin Monday for a bartending job (and I had heard from someone who knew someone who worked there that it makes a lot of money). The interview was hell, but that's another price you pay when you bartend at hotels. However, one of the benefits mentioned was employees get to go anywhere in the world and stay at any Westin for a measly $49. I'm thinking, "SWEET!" I'm waiting to hear back from HR there to tell me whether or not I got the job.

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try your name [27 Jul 2006|10:23am]

*cross posted*

B- You like people.
A- You like to drink.
R- F.uckin s.exy.
T- You're loyal to those you love.
E- Damn good kisser.
N- You are absolutely beautiful.
D- You have one of the best personalities ever.
E- Damn good kisser.
R- F.uckin s.exy.

A- You like to drink.
B- You like people.
C- You're wild and crazy.
D- You have one of the best personalities ever.
F- People adore you.
E- Damn good kisser.
G- You never let people tell you what to do.
H- You have a very good personality and looks.
I- one of the best damn bf/gf ne one could ask for.
J- Everyone loves you.
K- You are really silly.
L- You live to have fun.
M-sucess comes easily to you
N- You are absolutely beautiful.
O- You are one of the best in bed.
P- You are popular with all types of people.
Q- You are a hypocrite.
R- F.uckin s.exy.
S- Easy to fall in love with.
T- You're loyal to those you love.
U- You really like to chill.
V- You are not judgemental.
W- You are very broad minded.
X- You never let people tell you what to do.
Y- You have a fine ass
Z- Always ready.
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I'm back! [24 Jul 2006|10:26pm]

Hey everyone! It's Jenn. I'm sorry I haven't posted for a while, but I HAVE changed my username (obviously). I've just been really lazy to switch everything over, but now I have.

More to come later!

. [22 Jul 2006|02:09am]

i always like to add fellow bartenders
my girlfriend made me join live journal and all i have on here is her friends
so add me haha

all my post are friends only

Seeking advice from bartenders in Atlanta [04 Jul 2006|09:29pm]

I recently enrolled in the Atlanta Professional Bartending School, aka http://pbsa.com/ on the net. Since enrolling I spoke to a couple of friends (years absent) who used to bartend and neither attended bartending school. One started working at a dinner theatre doing the projector, began helping as barback and then became a bartender on slow shifts and worked her way up. The other started as a server and then she learned the bar.

So is the 2 week school and certificate going to really help me? I feel that having drinking mixing practice and a text and job placement will help, but now I question whether or not a certificate from the school is going to help get me noticed or even in the door.

I decided on bartending because I want to return to grad school. I need a job with a flexble night schedule that pays well enough for me to give up teaching and allows me to take classes during the day.

Thanks all!
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Hotels [02 Jul 2006|01:56pm]

Anyone ever worked as a bartender in a hotel?
Tell me about it.
What are the most popular cocktails? what  do you have to know when you work in a hotel bar?
or what kind of customers you get?
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bartending schools [12 Jun 2006|10:32am]

i'm looking for some legit bartending schools in new york. anyone know of any?
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Merry (day late) Christmas! [26 Dec 2005|02:31pm]

[ mood | tired ]

To all my precious few members, here's my Christmas present to you!
I make this every year for my fam/friends. They love it.

Mistress Mac's Irish Cream o' Doom
-1 quart of half-and-half
-1 can of sweetened condensed milk
-1/2 pint of heavy cream
-1 or 2 tsp. instant coffee
-2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
-1 or 2 cups of Jameson

Mix all indredients in a large bowl, preferably in that order. Watch it with the instant cofee...too much will ruin the whole thing! Add Jameson last, taste according to how strong you want it. After it's well mixed, pour into Mason jars. This will make 3-4 jars of cream. Keep cold, shake well before using.


A Drink Recipe! [22 Nov 2005|03:04pm]

[ mood | blah ]

This was something I concocted while I was bored in my bar a while back. This is a very sissy drink that you can't really get drunk off of, but it's great for those who don't really drink.

Pink Noonie
-1 part Brown creme de cacao
-1 part Creme de noya
-2 parts Half and half

Pour over ice in highball glass and mix (I like to just use another glass and dump back and forth) until it's well blended and light pink in color. Even though it's a chocolate-almond drink, it tastes more like cherry vanilla ice cream.


[22 Nov 2005|07:58pm]

hi there

I started a bartending course in september. It's been pretty cool.

my favorite drinks are margaritas, martinis and russians (white, black does not matter) ;) and pina coladas - I can drink them like water although I probably shouldn't ;/ -I hate all the pinky, fruity drinks with fancy names. They all taste like juice ;))

I kept my first half-decent looking lemon twist which I made about a month ago - it's very thin and hard now but it looks even better than the day I made it. Maybe I should start this thing - old lemon twists as garnish lol

I live in Poland atm (Poland ,Europe not Poland, Maine) but when I finish my course I wanna work on a cruise ship and travel travel travel.
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More stuff about orange peels [20 Nov 2005|12:12pm]

[ mood | awake ]

So my best friend Jester were at Locos Friday nite and he ordered his usual cosmopolitan and received it while I was out having a smoke. Came back and he told me that the cosmo was indeed kick-ass, so I gave it a taste. I love cosmos myself, and I was VERY impressed by the taste of it. It was more like, "Damn, I can't even make one that good!" So we asked the waiter what vodka was used, and he said it was just well vodka. However, instead of a lime garnish, it had an orange peel twist. I could tell that it had been rubbed along the rim and dropped it. Needless to say, I will be using the method from now on when I make cosmos at my bar, because it was absolutely fantastic.

djricerocket69 sez: "It's an orgasm in a glass!"


Killer Manhattans [09 Nov 2005|05:55pm]

[ mood | bored ]

I recently discovered this method of making a fantastic manhattan. This is served straight up, like a manhattan should be.

Fill your metal tumbler with ice, and first add a few drops of the sweet vermouth. Then strain the vermouth out. Add three shots of whiskey (preferably VO), and a drop of bitters. Fit the glass in the tumbler and shake. The way I shake is kind of an over-the-shoulder, side-to-side kinda way. Never up-and-down. Strain it out into the martini glass (it better be chilled!), and add the cherry. Then take a strip of orange rind, rub along the rim, and then twist it over the drink to release the oils, but don't drop it in. Now it's ready to serve.

I better go. I'm at work and using the concierge desk (the bar's slowwwwww tonite)


_ [02 Nov 2005|04:59pm]
so i'm your first member. i'm taking a bartending course through fineart bartending school in vancouver, canada very soon and will be mixing my way around. couldn't find ANY bartending communities besides this one. odd since there's a community for absolutely everything, heh. anyway, hi. hopefully there's more members soon...
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WELCOME ALL! [18 Oct 2005|01:23pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Hello and welcome to my brand-new community for bartenders, Bartenders United! I'm really hoping to get a good response and a good membership turnout. My rules here are simple, and that's don't be rude. I have absolutely no problem removing you from this community. So without further ado, here's some info on yours truly:

Name: Jenn M.
Codenames: Mac, Tristessa
Location: Savannah GA
Place of Employment: The Inn at Ellis Square (a Days hotel)
Specialty Cocktails: Martinis, margartias, hurricanes, cream drinks
Favortite liquor: Tanqueray gin
Favorite cocktail: Tom Collins
Jenn Believes: Being a good bartender is about drink knowledge, quickness under pressure, and good cutomer service. It is NOT about being able to flip bottles and do crazy performances. Your tip total at the end of the night does not always indicate how good of a bartender you are. Cutting someone off who's had too many makes you the good guy, not the bad guy.

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