“Maybe I should quit the rat race and get a job tending bar on the beach in Mexico.”
I hear variations on this fantasy all the time — especially from corporate refugees under 35. From a cramped cubicle in Corporate America, the life of a bartender can seem pretty sweet and carefree. Especially if you’ve just watched a late-night TBS screening of Tom Cruise in Cocktail.
And if you happen to be between jobs right now and looking to make a few bucks, you might be thinking that you could do worse than get paid to make cocktails.
This thought might have occurred to you while crying into your beer and watching your favorite barkeep work the crowd and pocket plenty of large bills and phone numbers.
At a hot club, you could earn $1,000 in a single night behind the bar.
So let’s look at the realities of that bartending fantasy. Is it really possible for a corporate escapee to make a living behind the bar? Are you cut out for the bartending life?
I asked Rocco Romito, experienced bartender and founder of bartending job site Mybarlink.com, to share some expert advice for aspiring bartenders:
Pam: Is bartending a good way to make money during a recession?
Rocco: Bartending is a great way for someone to make extra cash during a recession. People normally drink more than usual during two types of situations in life. When you’re celebrating something, there is almost always liquor involved.
Unfortunately (or fortunately for us bartenders) , people also drink excessively when they are depressed. Every night, there are people out there drowning their sorrows in cocktails after losing a job, leaving a relationship, or just having a bad day. I think we’ve all been in this boat at one time or another. The way our economy is right now, I’d say this is happening even more than in times past.
Pam: What kind of training/experience do you need to get a bartending job?
Rocco: A lot depends on where you want to work. There really is no minimum experience required to get a job as a bartender. You can go a long way with a great personality and people skills. read more…