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National Drinking Days

March 15th, 2016

 

 

National Drinking Days

We all know about Saint Patrick’s Day. What about all of the fun adult national drinking days of the year that we may be missing out on?

 

National Bloody Mary Day - January 1 – The perfect drink for cheap vodka. The Bloody Mary is the US’s most popular alcoholic drink for brunch. The Bloody Mary is considered “The World’s Most Complex Cocktail.” This is because it covers almost the entire range of human taste sensations.  classic-bloody-mary (1)

National Margarita Day – February 22 – Meaning Daisy in Spanish. You probably don’t want to let the name fool you. This cool summertime drink made with your favorite tequila will sneak up on you pretty fast. Jimmy Buffett’s 1977 release of “Margaritaville” says all you need to know about the Margarita.

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National Absinthe Day – March 5 – At 124 proof and known for its greenish appearance, Absinthe takes its name from the Greek word wormwood. Despite popular belief Absinthe is legal and it will not make you hallucinate.national-absinthe-day

National Beer Day – April 7 – Due to the end of prohibition, April 7, 1933 was the first day people could legally buy and drink beer again.

 

National Wine Day - May 25 -Finally, a holiday to do what we do everyday anyways!

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National Martini Day – June 19 – Martini facts-
– Always stir a traditional martini, never shake it. Shaking causes the gin to bruise.
-It is considered unlucky to have 2 olives in a martini. 1 or 3… never 2
-Garnished with a real diamond, you can buy a $10,000 martini at the Algorquin Hotel in New York City.

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National Tequila Day – July 24 – Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant. Most people think that blue agave is from the cactus family. However, it actually stems from the lily family

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National Whiskey Sour Day - August 2 – Dating back to the late 1800’s. The Whiskey Sour may not be the most popular drink out there. But, could very well be one of the best!

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National Talk like a pirate Day – September 19 – Drink some rum and talk like a pirate….

-Shiver me timbers.
-Aye-aye
-Ahoy
-Lad or Lassie
– Blimey
– Dead men tell no lies.
What’s your favorite pirate saying?

 

National Vodka Day – October 4 – Russian word “Zhiznennia Voda” which means “THE WATER OF LIFE” Vodka is the highest selling liquor in the United States. Vodka can be made of just about anything that is fermentable. Unlike other spirit’s, vodka does not need to be stored and matured.

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National Gin Day – November 7 – The Gin Rickey -Made in a high-ball glass of gin, ice, sparkling water and a half squeezed lemon dropped in, the Gin Rickey was the most popular drink of the 19th and 20th century.

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 National Bartender Appreciation Day – December 5 – Bartender Appreciation Day was started by Sailor Jerry Rum to show appreciation for all the hard work bartenders do…..Show your favorite bartender some love.

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Tell us who your favorite bartender is……

These are just a few of the National Drinking days. Check out the links below for many more……….

http://intoxicologist.net/2016/01/drinking-holidays-2016/

http://mixologydiary.com/national-drink-days-calendar/

 

Become an expert bartender by attending the Maryland Bartending Academy! We are Maryland’s oldest bartending academy and we’re fully approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. We also offer the most comprehensive curriculum around, as well as hands-on-training that will prepare you for a career in bartending. With our training you’ll be an expert in no time, whipping up great drinks in a flash. If you have any questions about bartending or wish to register for classes, please contact us at 410-787-0020 or visit our website today! Mix it up with us as well on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

Obtaining a Bartending position….

January 14th, 2016

images (2)Yes! You have landed an interview for a bartending position.  However, bartending interviews are not the same as your more common 9 to 5  job interviews. Here are some key suggestions that we think you may need to know and take with you on your interview.

• Get yourself  familiar with the establishment. You can Google them ahead of time and get a pretty good idea of what type of establishment it is. You can also visit the establishment prior to the interview, not letting anyone know why you’re there, just observe your surroundings and get a feel for the place. This will give you an idea of what their bar is stocked with and what their set up is.

• First impression is everything. Dress for successes. The first thing an employer/manager is going to notice is your appearance. Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the establishment in which you are applying for. Make sure you are showered, teeth are brushed, fingernails are clean and that you smell good. Do not smoke before your interview or chew gum or mints during your interview. Most establishments are looking for non-smoking bartenders.

• Smile and bring your A game with you, the employer/manager is going to be looking for an outgoing, upbeat, confident person with charm, charisma and a friendly attitude. Remember there’s a difference between confident and cocky.

• Have a firm hand shake.

• Be on time and prepared for your interview. Never be more than ten minutes early and NEVER, EVER be one minute late. If you have to reschedule the interview, make sure it’s in advance and that you speak with the interviewer directly. Do not leave a message. However, if you choose to reschedule, no matter what the reason. Chances are you will not get another opportunity for an interview with that establishment. Have a pen in hand and a recent copy of your resume, certifications and references with you. Do not bring any friends, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, children or pets along with you to the interview. Believe me! It has been known to happen.

• Know and recognize the Beers, Spirits and Wines that would most likely be sold at that establishment. Also, make sure you are up to date with the latest, most common and frequently requested brands.

• The Employer/manager may ask you to write down or make a few drinks. So, know how to make the classics.- Martini, Manhattan, Margarita, Long Island Iced Tea, Cosmopolitan and White Russian. You will find that most employers will ask you to make drinks that can be made several different ways. Or that can be made with well, premium or top shelf ingredients. An employer wants to see that you can up sell a drink or that these recipes can slightly change depending on the establishments or customers preference.

• Let the employer/manager know that mixing a drink is not your only qualification.

Tell them that you are a reliable team player who is willing to jump in to help with other duties and that you are willing to help cover other shifts if needed.
That you have the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure all while waiting on customers.
That you have the ability to keep a neat, well organized, well stocked bar.
That you have very strong customer service skills, and that you consider yourself a friendly people person.

• The employer/manager will probably have some pretty simple questions to ask you. Be prepared to answer any questions they may have, nothing looks worse then you rolling your eyes or waiting through an awkward silence while you are trying to think of something to say. Here’s a list of questions that they may ask during an interview.

BE READY…….
1. Tell me a little about yourself?
2. Why do you like bartending?
3. Why should we hire you?
4. What kind of bartending or serving experience do you have? Have you ever attended a bartending/mixology certification course?
5. When someone has had too much to drink, how would you handle the situation?
6. What’s your favorite drink to make?
7. How much do you pour for a single shot?
8. Why did you leave your last job?
9. Do you have a problem working weekends, holidays or covering other shifts if needed?
10. Are you certified in Alcohol Safety? If so, do you have your certification with you?

Good Luck, Hope you get the job!!!!!

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EXCUSE ME!!!!

December 22nd, 2015

 

 

     HOW TO GET A DRINK AT A BUSY BAR….

1.  Make eye contact the moment the bartender finishes with a customer. The bartender will be scanning their customers to see who needs to be served next.

2.  Look eager to make your order. Facial expressions say a lot in a loud bar.

3.  Never clap, whistle, or yell “HEY ME” or “I’M NEXT”. It’s not only rude. It will get you nowhere.

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4 . Speak up. Order your drink loud enough for the bartender to hear you.

5.  Don’t touch the fruit tray. No one invited you to eat the fruit and it’s unsanitary.                                                                                                       

6.  Don’t argue with your friends about who is going to pay for the round. Figure that out before you even order your drinks.

7.  Have your ID and money ready and in hand. Bartenders don’t have time to stand there and watch you fumble through your pockets or purse.

8.  Tip your bartender well on the first round. They will defiantly remember who you are and what you drink.

9.  If you’re not sure what to tip, 20% always seems to work out well.

10.  NEVER, NEVER, NEVER tap your glass, can, or bottle on the bar expecting that you will be getting a faster drink or a quicker response.  BARTENDERS HATE THAT!!!!!

 

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WHO KNEW…

December 16th, 2015

 

Before the 1950’s a screwdriver was only known as a vodka and orange juice. It is said that some American engineers working on oil rigs in the Persian Golf were working long and tedious hours. Seeking reprieve from the stress of working so many hours the engineers would discreetly pour vodka and orange juice into cans. They would then stir their secret alcoholic beverage with a screwdriver.

If you would like to learn how to mix a screwdriver, without using a screwdriver, contact us!

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Bartenders for hire

March 3rd, 2015

Bartender for Hire

Bartenders are in high demand everywhere!

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Have you heard about Maryland Bartending Academy’s  job placement assistance program? If not here’s a fact,  The Maryland Bartending academy has placed thousands of graduates in jobs across Maryland, Washington DC, and the country! Bars all over the region are looking to hire bartenders for their bars. The best part about Maryland Bartending Academy’s job placement assistance program is that it’s FREE! After you successfully graduate from  the Maryland Bartending Academy, we will set you up with the job placement assistance program, the graduate will get a password and username. They then will be able to log in and find the job that best fits them . Many places are often looking for bartenders for their facilities but also for events! Maryland Bartending Academy has close connections with many bars, nightclubs, restaurants, hotels and other organizations. When a bar needs a bartender they contact us and we immediately put what they are looking for in our Job Bank for any of our graduates to see! We make finding a job easy!

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Professional Bartending Schools of America(PBSA) is the nation’s largest group of independently owned bartending schools. PBSA allows Maryland Bartending Academy’s graduates to take refresher classes at any affiliated PBSA school in the Nation. PBSA also allows graduates from Maryland Bartending Academy that have recently relocated, to use their bartending schools job placement assistance program that is closest to them to help find a job in that city.

Have you had a hard time finding a job? Would you like to start a new and exciting career? Or just have fun while supplementing your income and networking. Contact the Maryland Bartending Academy today to get more information about our program and we can answer any other questions that you might have about our course! Also click on the links below to check out our Facebook page & Google reviews

https://www.facebook.com/MarylandBartending

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Get the skills you need, and get placed in the best bartending environment that fits you! https://www.marylandbartending.com/job_placement.php

Bartending Schools are NOT all the same!

January 19th, 2015

Why all bartending schools are NOT the same- Maryland Bartending Academy vs. Community College and Online Bartending Schools

Would you ever attempt to learn how to drive a car without getting behind the wheel and physically driving? Probably not. The same goes for bartending as well. Online bartending schools are not regulated, therefore often leave potential students with false promises. Furthermore, online courses do not provide their students with the hands-on training needed to become a professionally polished bartender. This is also true for  bartending schools held at community colleges. Their curriculum is based strictly off of lectures and demonstrations only, and do not allow their students to physically practice making the drinks they learn during lecture. They also do not offer job placement assistance, leaving it up to the graduates to find employment solely on their own. And, often times with community college bartending schools, future students pay money for all of the books and supplies, but the classes do not become full enough and are therefore canceled.  Here at Maryland Bartending Academy, we have a specialized, regulated curriculum, along with a full-fledged bar for our students to practice and learn to the best of their ability. We also have guaranteed job placement assistance that is available as soon as students graduate.  That is where we differ from other bartending schools.

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How do our classes work?

 Our main goal has always been to provide the highest quality  instruction in the best learning environment  available. The first part of each class is a lecture and   demonstration by one of our “professional bartenders” drawing   from their own real-world experiences. Teaching in a controlled environment allows them to thoroughly explain in detail, what it takes to become a successful bartender. Once the lecture’s over, the real fun begins. Students will actually step behind the bar, and begin preparing drinks they have just learned. All students will have plenty of opportunities to practice making every drink, over and over again until they memorize the   required drink recipes. Attending bartending schools that focus solely on memorizing recipes without ever making the drinks do not allow students to get the required hands-on experience to become a professional, certified bartender.

What you will learn?

  • Opening and Closing Procedures
  • Customer Service
  • Popular Glassware
  • Bar Set-Up and break down
  • How bars will arrange their liquors
  • Keeping the Bartender’s Station organized
  • Proper use of Bar Tools and Equipment
  • Bar Measurements
  • Methods of Mixing
  • Cocktail Additives
  • upselling techniques
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Understanding Distilled Spirits
  • Knowing Popular Liquors
  • Understanding Wines
  • Preparation of Garnishes
  • Draught Beer Systems
  • Changing the keg & CO2 tank
  • Cash Register Training
  • Touch screen POS
  • Job Interview Skills
  • State and Federal Laws
  • Alcohol Awareness

… and more than 200 popular drinks including: Highballs,   Sours, Creams, Collins, Slings, Fizzes, Exotic/Tropical, Shooters, Martinis,   Manhattans, Rob Roys, Wine, Cordials, Specialty, Frozen, Fads and many more.

Schedule of Classes

We offer 4 different bartending class  schedules, for your convenience.

1) Two Week Course (Monday – Friday)

a) Day Class:
11:00 AM until 3:30 PM
b) Evening Class:
6:00 PM until 10:30 PM
c) Day/Evening Class Combination (With         approval, students can switch between the day and eve  class)
A new class begins this Monday and         ends on the second Friday of class.

2) Five Week Saturday Course   (consecutive)

a) Saturday Class:
9:00 AM until 5:00 PM

 *If you don’t see a schedule here that works for you, we can  usually arrange a flexible class schedule to fit   justabout anyone’s current situation. Most bartending schools have a set schedule and are usually not willing to accomedate schedules- here at Maryland Bartending Academy, we do our best to create a schedule that works best for any and all of our students.  Please note- Pre registration is strongly recommended for up   coming classes.

 

 Will I receive job placement assistance after graduating? 

Yes,  you will receive job placement Assistance, both local and nationwide

Since 1980, we have placed thousands and thousands of  our bartenders into some of the busiest bars here in   Maryland, DC and across the country.
So where do you think you might like to work after completing our bartending program? You will find our students bartending everywhere . From Night Clubs, Restaurants, Ski Lodges, Luxury Hotels, Sports   Bars, Tropical Resorts, Cruise Ships, or just around the corner in a quaint Neighborhood Bar. The fact is, where you begin your bartending career will be limited only to your imagination. We will give you the skills and confidence necessary to start your bartending career right away. As  many other bartending schools limit their graduates to a certain circumference for job leads, Maryland Bartending Academy receives leads from employers all over the Maryland and DC metro area, as well as up towards the Virginia and Pennsylvania lines.
Being the “exclusive” training facility for the entire Maryland and DC   area by the Professional Bartending Schools of America.   Should you ever decide to relocate, all Maryland Bartending Academy’s   graduates will be able to use the job placement assistance   service and free refresher classes at all PBSA schools, nationwide.
Become an expert bartender by attending the Maryland Bartending Academy! We are Maryland’s oldest bartending academy and we’re fully approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. We also offer the most comprehensive curriculum around, as well as hands-on-training that will prepare you for a career in bartending. With our training you’ll be an expert in no time, whipping up great drinks in a flash. If you have any questions about bartending or wish to register for classes, please contact us at 410-787-0020 or visit our website today! Mix it up with us as well on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

Interview Tips

January 14th, 2015

These tips will help you succeed on your next bartending interview!

If you haven’t noticed, bartending is a super competitive field- in every aspect. Interviews are intimidating, there’s no doubt about it. However, there may be a few reasons why YOU are not snagging the job your heart so desires, though you swear up and down the employer loved you to pieces during the interview.

Check out these interview tips for a successful career in bartending:

Interview Tip #1: Resume or Writing Failures 

You may not be a professional journalist, but anyone truly interested in a position  knows you can’t walk into to an interview with typos, misspelled words, grammatical anomalies, over-use of “big” words, unclear handwriting, etc. on your resume and/or application.  As an interviewer, you’d be absolutely shocked by the frequency of such mistakes. Taking your time to write a professional resume for a professional position. Having it proof-read speaks miles about your dedication, ability, experience, demeanor and the likelihood of you being called back for a second interview.

Interview Tip #2: Lack of Writing Implement

About 30% of candidates  fail the most simple test of ineptitude: not bringing a pen to the interview. What’s worse, is that some people have the nerve to ask someone that works there for a pen to complete an application or other paperwork. By doing so,  you fail to adequately prepare for the opportunity of a job. This  ultimately leaves a bad first impression. Bring at least 2 functional pens to every interview. Some employers have refused to even speak to candidates that haven’t brought a pen.

Interview Tip #3: Appropriate Attire

This one can be a little tricky, particularly if you’re interviewing at multiple bars on the same day, in the same outfit. Best advice: do a little legwork before you head in there. Perform a bit of reconnaissance the night before, noting what the staff are wearing. Do your best t to mimic the look, but be professional and polished. You want to portray yourself to the management as someone they can envision behind the bar. Needless to say, hair and makeup should also reflect the establishment’s vibe.When in doubt, guys can’t really go wrong with dark trousers, or plain dark jeans, a pressed button shirt, and dark shoes (never sneakers). Girls, if you have no clue what to wear, a mid-length snug skirt or dark jeans, snug, slightly revealing blouse and earth-tone wedges or low heals will suffice.

Interview Tip #4: Personality

You can’t be a quiet, shy person and be a bartender. Your job is not simply slinging drinks. You are the entertainment  the facilitator, the “inebriator,”  the problem solver, the fight referee, the porter, the joke machine, and the flare magician- at least while you’re punched in. If you can’t convey a clue about your personality traits during the interview, something attractive which uniquely distinguishes you from the other 20 candidates waiting to be interviewed, you come across as just “another candidate.” On the other hand, no one wants an over-the-top limelight person who never lets anyone else get a word in, edgewise. There is indeed a happy medium type of person who knows how to act and when. A barkeeper who manages to always know the proper level of engagement with varied customer personalities. It’s quite easy to ruin your chances of getting hired during an interview by simply never smiling or coming across as a depressing kind of person.

Interview Tip #5: Timing

Get to the interview 15 minutes before call time. The reason? Again, most interviews are heavily crowded. Don’t be surprised if you’re waiting 1 to 2 hours to be seen. If you’re number 20 and there have been 19 great candidates before you, your chances of getting a call-back are significantly reduced. I you make an early impression, things may sometimes be vastly different – to your advantage. Interviewing tired and frustrated is of no help to your mission objective. Similarly, showing up at 3:45 for a 2:00pm to 4:00pm call time, rarely results in a positive outcome.

 

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 Hopefully these interview tips will help to snag you your dream bartending job. Try out these interview tips and be sure to let us know the outcome !

 

Become an expert bartender by attending the Maryland Bartending Academy! We are Maryland’s oldest bartending academy and we’re fully approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. We also offer the most comprehensive curriculum around, as well as hands-on-training that will prepare you for a career in bartending. With our training you’ll be an expert in no time, whipping up great drinks in a flash. If you have any questions about bartending or wish to register for classes, please contact us at 410-787-0020 or visit our website today! Mix it up with us as well on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

Ways to Avoid Hangovers- Do’s and Dont’s

December 31st, 2014

Ways to avoid hangovers- Do’s and Don’ts

These ways to avoid hangovers-these do’s and don’t’s can be very helpful, especially since alcoholic beverages and cocktails surround almost every major event. Weddings, birthdays, holidays, and more, include a fun-filled night of dancing, eating. and of course, drinking. With these marvelous events come the unwanted hangovers that we all dread, unless you have the drinking abilities of a 21 year old who can sling one back the very next day.  Start your new year off right and avoid these hangovers of pounding headaches and unbearable sickness by trying these tips and tricks.

The DO’s to avoid hangovers: 

DO stick with alcohols lighter in color. Red wine and dark alcohols (like bourbon and whiskey) are higher in congeners—byproducts of alcohol—than white wine and spirits like vodka and gin. The presence of more congeners can result in more severe hangover symptoms,

DO eat a balanced meal—filled with nutrients and vitamins—before you start drinking to decrease the potential of gastritis (inflammation of the gastrointestinal system). Steer clear of salty foods (which may make you thirstier and want to drink more) or anything greasy (which can make your stomach roil as the evening wears on).

DO drink tons of water. Yes, you hear it all the time, but hydrating with water is key.. Rule of thumb: Drink an 8-ounce glass of still water for every cocktail you down. Also, the morning after, take an electrolyte solution, such as Pedialyte or coconut water.

 

The DON’T’s to avoid hangovers:

DON’T mix different types of alcohol. It sounds like an old wives’ tale, but, there’s some good truth behind it: Mixing alcohols increases the level of aforementioned congeners in your body, upping the chances for next-day nausea.

DON’T hit that bottle of bubbly too hard. Carbonated beverages—beer, champagne—can actually speed up the rate that alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream, giving your body less time to metabolize it. The result: drunker, faster.

 

And, very important: Remember to be safe and be smart!

 

 

What are your favorite hangover remedies? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, and google+.

 

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Source: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2014/12/holiday-alcohol-guide

Cocktail Copyright

December 26th, 2014

Are you in need of a Cocktail Copyright?

Do you ever wonder who created the Long Island Iced Tea? This popular cocktail is all the rage in bars and restaurants around the world, yet the inventor goes unknown. Have you created a tasty drink that has friends knocking on your door or customers gathering around your bar wanting more? If so, don’t let your amazing creation go unnoticed!

What will I receive?

By obtaining a Cocktail Copyright through the Professional Bartending Advisory Board, you will receive an authentic citation, which  makes an excellent addition to any drinking establishment or bartending resume.

 

Is it a difficult process?

The process to receive your very own Cocktail Copyright is very simple, and begins when you fill out the Cocktail Copyright form. Once the form has been completed, our team here at Maryland Bartending Academy will do extensive research to be sure your cocktail is under an original name and contains original ingredients that are not found under any other given name. Once reviewed and approved, your original cocktail along with our research results will be sent to the P.B.A.B to be reviewed. After they have reviewed your cocktail and all is well, you will be awarded the Cocktail Copyright under which you will be named the creator of the drink.

 

What are you waiting for?

Create your very own Cocktail Copyright today! Who knows, you could become the  inventor of the next world class martini or tropical cocktail. If you would like to get started today, and create your very own cocktail, check out the Cocktail Copyright form now!

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Become an expert bartender by attending the Maryland Bartending Academy! We are Maryland’s oldest bartending academy and we’re fully approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. We also offer the most comprehensive curriculum around, as well as hands-on-training that will prepare you for a career in bartending. With our training you’ll be an expert in no time, whipping up great drinks in a flash. If you have any questions about bartending or wish to register for classes, please contact us at 410-787-0020 or visit our website today! Mix it up with us as well on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

Why do bartenders love their job?

January 2nd, 2014

It’s like having a career in a suitcase! Work anywhere in the world, from a nightclub in Las Vegas, to a ski lodge in Vail, to a cruise ship on the Caribbean.

 

Bartenders can earn $100 to $300 (even more) per shift. A typical bar customer tips one or two dollars a drink, and that adds up fast on a busy night. Who wouldn’t like going home with a pocket full of cash after working?

 

Work evenings and weekends. Bartending jobs offer flexible full or part time hours that fit your schedule.

 

It’s really easy to make friends or find romance. Bartenders are at the center of attention. Everyone needs to go to the bar to get a drink, what better way can you think of to break the ice and meet people?

 

Bartenders work in a fast paced environment that is mentally stimulating. It’s rarely slow or boring; time just flies by when you’re having fun.

 

Job security. You will always have a job somewhere if you are a good bartender. In good times and bad, people will always drink! Imagine if you lost your job; it’s comforting to know you can always fall back on bartending, to pay the bills.

 

Make your friends envious. Bartenders can usually afford to wear nice clothes and drive new cars.

 

Bartending is a great way to network and promote a current job or project you may be working on.

 

Do you like to watch sports? Bartenders usually never miss their favorite team playing because of work!