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Being a Bartender Is...  

Casey Cavanagh
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If you have ever been a bartender, you know it's no piece of cake. While it is a great way to earn quick cash and pick and choose how many shifts you work during the week, it can be very stressful. Between trying to get your shift covered during the holidays, or even just the weekends, to having to consistently deal with incoherent people, sometimes bartenders find themselves questioning why they ever took the job in the first place. But then when they go home at the end of the shift with wads of cash in their pocket, it suddenly all seems worth it.

As with most jobs, there are a lot of misconceptions about being a bartender. Below is a list of some of the things of what being a bartender is. So if you are thinking abut becoming a bartender, or you want to know what it is like to be one, you might want to take these things into consideration.

Which do you think best describes what being a bartender is like? Add your own!

 
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Hectic on The Weekends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Hectic on The Weekends
This is good for your wallet, but damaging to your stress level and sanity.
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A Lot Harder Than Most People ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
A Lot Harder Than Most People Think
It is not as simple as pouring beers and smiling. You need to know how to make a lot of drinks, you have to deal with intoxicated people on a regular basis, and you have to keep track of people and their bills.
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Entertaining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Entertaining
You often get to listen to loud music, watch TV, and witness people make complete fools of themselves.
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Very Social and Engaging is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Very Social and Engaging
You get a lot of face time with people, and you get to meet a lot of really cool strangers. It forces you to step outside of your comfort zone and engage with different people.
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A Great Way to Get Extra Cash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
A Great Way to Get Extra Cash
Not all nights are going to be busy, but when they are, it makes it so worth it.
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Demanding is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Demanding
When it comes to football season and holidays, people flock to bars like moths to lights. For the bartenders, this means being at the top of their game and being able to tackle their responsibilities fast, efficiently, and often.
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Tiring is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Tiring
People underestimate how exhausting, and sometimes painful, constantly having to be on your feet can be.
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A Great Learning Experiene is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
A Great Learning Experiene
You will learn a lot not only about drinks and alcohol, but about people and life in general. 
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Annoying When You Want Weekend... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Annoying When You Want Weekends Off
You want the weekend shifts because you want to make money, but suddenly when you want one off, so do all the other bartenders. Sigh.
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Perfectly Accceptable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Perfectly Accceptable
Like waitressing, people assume that if you are working as a bartender, it's because you don't have a college degree or have run out of other options. Not true.
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Stressful is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Stressful
On a Saturday night, bartenders don't stop moving around. Their minds are constantly going, remembering orders, refilling kegs, splitting checks, and trying to please all these thirsty people.
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Funny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Funny
Yes, it is a lot of hard work, but you also get to enjoy entertaining, drunken debauchery from your customers.
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Frustrating is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Frustrating
The manager is in a bad mood again. You got stuck working with the new girl. And people seem to be extra rude tonight.
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Lucrative is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Lucrative
How many other jobs are there in which you can walk away with $400 after a busy night, and it's in cash? 
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Something Everyone Should Do a... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Something Everyone Should Do at Least Once in Their Life
Being a bartender will change the way you look at the service industry forever. You will never again skimp on a tip when you go out.
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Underrated is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Underrated
People assume it is a miserable job, but if you like people, and money, it is actually a good deal.
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The Perfect Side Job is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
The Perfect Side Job
Whether you are in school, or you just want an additional job to earn some extra cash, being a bartender is usually pretty flexible as far as schedules go.
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Addicting is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Addicting
When you are constantly making bulks of cash every weekend, leaving that behind can be kind of difficult. While you might be making money elsewhere, it won't be as an immediate cash flow like bartending.
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A Way to Realize You Want to S... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
A Way to Realize You Want to Stop Drinking
What better way to turn yourself against booze than by witnessing how awful it makes other people act?
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One of the Greatest Decisions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
One of the Greatest Decisions
There is a reason why people stay in bartending jobs for so long. If you find the right place to work at, with good coworkers and customers that tip well, it is perfect.
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Only Worth It on Busy Weekend ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Only Worth It on Busy Weekend Nights
If you are going to give up your social life to work, you want to at least make sure it is going to be worth your while. It sucks having to waste five hours of your night at an empty bar and only walking away with $20.00.
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One of the Worst Decisions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
One of the Worst Decisions
It can be hard to constantly see your friends out and having fun when you are stuck behind the bar, tending to complete strangers.
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Something You Can Pick Up Easi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Something You Can Pick Up Easily
It isn't exactly a walk in the park, but the best way to get better at it is by practicing. If you are thinking about being a bartender, you need to dive in head first and fully commit if you want to be good at bar backing.
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Something You Should Avoid at ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Something You Should Avoid at All Costs
Unless you are attracted to toxic, overwhelming, and semi-addicting relationships, just walk away now, while you can still get away!
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Boring is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Being a Bartender Is...
Boring
Especially on weekday afternoons.