It's always fun to have a night out at your favorite bar, right? Laughing at jokes and gulping down delicious cocktails with your friends is a guaranteed way to have a great time.


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Have you ever wondered about the person serving you? While you're having lots of fun, the bartender works hard to make everything perfect. We found 10 amazing things bartenders never tell you!


Topped Off Might Mean Less Alcohol


There is a simple trick that bartenders do when a customer constantly wants a stronger drink. They simply fill a straw with pure spirits, so when you drink your cocktail, you will immediately believe there's a lot of alcohol in your drink (even if there is not).



A Trick with Red Bull Vodka


It's a common trick as well - when a customer orders a mixed drink made with Red Bull, the bartender uses only half of a can. That is so they can use the same can for two different customers. You will be charged for a full can but will be getting only half of it.

For this reason, many bars have a button for Red Bull drinks (they don't include the price of a whole can),  but there are bartenders who will give you Red Bull vodka instead of a can of Red Bull and a shot of vodka. Be aware.


Drunk = Less Alcohol


Bartenders always see when you're way over your limit but they may not cut you off. However, when you order a mixed drink, they pour the cocktail mixers properly and when it comes to alcohol, they just float a bit of alcohol on the top of the cocktail. It makes it smell like booze, which is probably the best way to make someone who consumed too much alcohol think they're drinking lots of it. But the alcohol content is minimal.


Be Nice = Free Drink


Of course, bartenders always try to mix the right amount of alcohol for cocktails, but they are people and can make mistakes. If you're paying attention and being nice to a bartender, you can simply ask what’s going to happen with the drink that was mixed mistakenly and perhaps you can get a free drink.


House Liquor Gets You More


When bartenders use top shelf liquors, they try to mask their taste with creams, juice, and sodas. As a result, you pay for the liquor you're not going to enjoy or taste. What you can do is order the house liquor when ordering a mixed cocktail; you will not even be able to tell the difference.


The Sober Bartender


If you regularly go to bars, you've probably seen that bartenders make mistakes and take sips of cocktails to check their taste. And yet, they are sober. Bartenders know they can't work while drinking and have plenty of techniques to stay sober all night long.


A Good Bartender Is Like A Good Hairdresser


There are many bartenders, but the good ones are rare. If you know the one that makes your favorite cocktail straight up with a perfect twist, become a regular.


Bartenders Can Have A Signature Beverage


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Even beginners can have signature drinks, so always ask. If you want to make your own cocktails, bartenders advise that you start with a base spirit, citrus, a liqueur, and a sweetener. The most important rule is to always taste as you go.



Bartenders Can Be Your Cupid


Bartenders are open-minded people and they don't mind helping you make connections at the bar. If you're alone and can't start chatting with strangers, ask a bartender whether they can introduce you to the regulars.

If you see someone that sparks your interest and don't know how to start a conversation, ask the bartender. Then buy them a drink and this way, you'll see whether the person wants the company.  


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There are people who love karaoke and then there are people who avoid it at all costs. We are here to tell you whether you sing or not, karaoke is a can’t miss night at the bar. In fact, you can have an amazing time even if you just attend.


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Here are 7 ways karaoke can lead to a great night out.


1. Five Minutes Of Fame


Whether you’re an experienced singer, an amateur or have no singing talent at all, you get five minutes to shine among people you may not know. And since most people are already buzzed or drunk, you may appear to be an American Idol even if you sound terrible.



2. Laugh At and With Friends


Attending karaoke night with your friends may very well be one of the best nights ever. It is filled with laughter, inside jokes and funny memories that will last forever. Just make sure you record your friends so you can blackmail them later on.


3. It’s A Stress Reliever


Music and singing has scientifically been proven to be a stress reliever. Add smiling and laughter to the mix and life appears to be so much better no matter what. So if you are having a bad day, it will take some stress off your mind. It really is a great way to unwind and it doesn’t hurt to have your favorite drink in hand.


4. Karaoke Is Cheap Entertainment


Why pay hundreds for a concert when you can attend a karaoke night for cheap? Most bars do not have a cover charge, so it may only cost you a couple of drinks for a night of fun. Better yet, some bars offer a prize for the winner, so you may not want to miss out on your chance to win!


5. Meet New People


Karaoke attracts a different type of regular or bar goer. You will definitely meet new people that may be worth getting to know. It never hurts to expand your circle of friends or to look for your soulmate. Besides, if you end up wearing beer goggles, chance are tomorrow is a new day so it doesn’t hurt to put yourself out there.


6. Confidence Booster


Getting up in front of people and singing takes guts. Step outside your comfort zone and explore a little. It is a confidence booster and it’s easier to meet quality people once you let loose a little. And who knows, someone may like your voice and you could be the next contestant on ‘The Voice.’



7. It’s So Much Fun 


Sometimes, the normal bar scene gets boring. Change it up a little and karaoke is a great place to start. Sometimes, just sitting at a bar drinking can get quite boring. Have a little fun, take risks, and find new ways to enjoy your night out.

Make no mistake about it karaoke can be loads of fun. Next time your friends say let’s check out the karaoke, be open minded and check it out! Honestly, what can it hurt?


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Wine has been enjoyed through the ages of time by so many people around the world. However, there are different myths about wine whether it's the way it’s packaged to the foods you should eat with it. 


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Here are several myths about wine we will attempt to debunk.


1. All wines are better with age.


If you keep a bottle of wine in your pantry thinking it will be better if you save it for several years, you may ruin a perfectly good bottle of wine. In addition, the majority of wine is to be consumed within the first year or two. About 90% of wines are made to drink right away.



2. Always serve red wine with meat and white wine with fish.


It is true red wine tastes good with meat and white wine is lovely to pair with fish. Seems like tuna or even salmon go excellent with some red wines. While white wine that is fruity or distinguished pairs nicely with a slab of beef. Therefore, you really need to have a better understanding of food pairings before making wide assumptions.


3. Expensive wines always taste better.


This may be true of a lot of wine. But a lot more goes into the price such as the location, quantities, exclusiveness, celebrity ratings and a whole slew of other reasons. Don't believe us? Well go to your local liquor store and see which wines are flying off of the shelves.


4. The bigger the wine better the wine will taste.


It is true the bigger the bottle the more you have to drink. However, there are plenty of wines that come in big bottles that we feel taste terrible. The size of the bottle doesn’t make wine taste any better.


5. Age-worthy wines are always sealed with a cork.


There are amazing wines that have aged beautifully with a screw top cap. Some age better than some that are corked. And don’t let the old myth that 'corked wine is more prestigious' stop you from trying some wines that are not corked. As a result, you may just discover your new favorite wine is cork-free.


6. Boxed wine is inferior and cheap.


While boxed wine may be inexpensive, it does not mean all boxed wines are bad. Box wine is portable, convenient and many of them taste really good. As a result, don’t judge a wine by it’s box.


7. Small, private wineries make the most prestigious and noteworthy wine.


While there are many small and private wineries that make exceptional wines, don’t rule out wines from big corporations. Big corporations have a lot of money and people working for them to perfect the taste of the wine. Therefore, be open about wine makers so you don't miss out on some truly wonderful varietals and blended wines.


8.  Blended wines are not as good as wines made with one type of grape.


It is very true that many wines with only one type of grape in them can be labelled as authentic and prestigious. However, there are several wineries who do blend their grapes and pass the wine off to even the most professional wine tasters as varietal, or single grape wines. As a result, labels can fool you. Not only that, there are so many delicious types of blended wines. 


9. Red wine should be served at room temperature while white wine should be ice cold.


Red wine at room temperature can speed up the aging process and may ruin the taste of the wine. And white wine should not be served ice cold. Ice cold wine can change the chemistry of the wine and change the taste. So there you go. You should keep your wine at the recommended temperature that you would store it at.



10. You should always let your wine breathe before drinking.


For some wines this may be quite true but not all wines need to breathe. However, not only that, just uncorking a wine bottle will not give a bottle of wine enough air to breathe. And the best way to aerate wine is by putting it into a decanter.


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Bartending is more than just serving customers drinks. Walk into any bar on a Friday night and you will see an array of drinks being served, music blasting and happy customers enjoying themselves.


Finding the best bartenders at your favorite hot spots is a must to make the most of your evening. But sometimes it can be difficult to spot which bartender is actually the best. Sure, the brunette that works on Saturday is attractive, but that doesn’t mean she is going to take good care of you and your friends.  



You are looking to have an enjoyable time at your local bar. The best times typically involve good customer service.  A good bartender tip is to know it's all about the cash.


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Bartenders know nothing about you when you first meet. The only thing they are likely to remember are how much you tipped them (if you did) and what you ordered.  

If you don't tip, chances are they won’t have fond memories of you. Bartenders determine who gets priority by those helping them earn a living. While your having fun at the bar, bartenders are working to pay the bills. The best way for you to get their attention is by taking care of them.

Check out a few things to remember when your at the bar.



Bartender Tip: Make sure they see you


If you just leave your tip on the table after they gave you your order, you never gave the bartender/customer relationship time to develop. And if they are busy, chances are they will have no idea who left the tip.

Give them a tip as soon as you order. This way, they know where it was coming from and are more likely to pay attention to you once the bar gets busy.

Bartender Tip: Provide Gratuity in Cash


Even if you plan to tip well when closing out your credit card tab, remember that bartenders don’t know that. You just spent your entire time at the bar not giving the bartender any assurances that you are not cheap and plan to tip well.

A good strategy is to pay for your first few drinks in cash. Even if you plan to use a credit card to pay the entirety of the bill. This shows the bartender you appreciate them and their service.  

Be mindful, it’s not always the same bartenders taking care of the same individual. Oftentimes credit card tips end up being split amongst all the bartenders during that shift. So even if you tip well, it won’t matter to that particular bartender since they only get a part of that tip. Cash may be split too, but at least they will be able to take home those tips the same day.  


Bartender Tip: Designate One Person to Buy Drinks


Don’t confuse the bartender. If you’re with a group, try to assign one person in particular to buy the drinks. The bartender probably has no clue who you’re with. They aren’t going to acknowledge you as being with your friend who just tipped them 10 minutes ago.  

If you plan to rotate who takes care of the drinks in any given outing, be sure to introduce the “new person.” The bartender need to know your friends of friends who tipped well last time. As time goes on, the bartender will eventually remember your group and know they can count on you all as reliable customers for bartender tips. This ensures that all of you get well taken care of by that bartender whenever you are out.  



Bartender Tip: Cash is King


Remember when you tip via credit card, that income is taxable and the bartenders don’t make as much. Understand they may not be able to take the tips home for the night. And when you mess with a bartender’s money, that takes the excitement and fun out of the job. If you are headed to the bar, take some cash and look forward to having a better time out.


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Bartending is an awesome job, but understand all the challenges with it.  Before choosing it as a career, please consider your bartender time.

Standing for 10-12hr shifts at a time with no break is exhausting. And doing that with no customers is even worse.  



Your pay comes mainly from tips, so no customers means no money. And that is a big waste of time. You can’t purchase or borrow more, so time is a limited resource that runs out every day.

Use it wisely.  

Bartender Time is Money


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The money in bartending is lucrative but may not be consistent.  It depends greatly on the establishment you work for, the loyalty of your customer base, and the hours you work.  The shifts you get and the customers you retain greatly impact how much you actually earn.  

People are more than willing to take your time so you have to figure out what your bartender time is worth to you.  

Bartenders and other tipped workers get screwed royally.  Only seven states require employers to pay tipped workers the same minimum wage as workers who do not receive tips.  The United States federal government requires a wage of at least $2.13 per hour be paid to employees that receive at least $30 per month in tips.

If wages and tips do not equal the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour during any pay period, the employers are supposed to increase cash wages to compensate.  The sad reality is a lot of employers don't do it.  


Bartender Time Management


So, you are a bartender and love what you do and enjoy the people you meet and work with.  You just hate that you get no benefits or leave. And more importantly, you work many long hours, and not compensated for your time.  

What's even worse is when your employer over schedules the shift. You split tips with other bartenders when so many bartenders didn't need to be there in the first place.  Employers are not on the hook for any hourly costs, so they over schedule bartenders without any repercussions. Maybe if you understand the importance of bartender time, they would manage the schedule better.   

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Time Isn't On Your Side


People don't seem to understand what goes into a bartending shift.  The hours of prep work, clean up and dealing with demanding people who have no idea of the importance of bartender time and responsibilities.  

A bartender works at 10am but the restaurant does not open until 12pm. The restaurant closes at 11pm but the bartender doesn't leave until 1am.  That is 4 hours of unpaid services. Keep in mind effective bartenders split shifts with ineffective ones and also has to pay the barback.  Your tips cover the time that you interact with customers, so 4 hours of free labor never hurt anyone.  #sarcasm

Bartender Time is Money


Bartending is not all bad.  Your income is comprised mostly of tips in cash so there is no way for the government to know how much you received. That means you get free money with cash tips. Don't tell the IRS that.  #sarcasm 

Bartending is easy to get into and the job is fun. The work schedules are flexible, and you get to meet some great people.  It’s not all bad but it could be a lot better.



Time is Money

No matter how you look at it, there are only 24 hours in a day. Realize that money isn’t the most important resource, time is. Money comes and goes and you can make it through a variety of resources. But once time is gone, it’s gone for good. If a bartender spends 12 of those 24 hours working at the establishment, there should be compensated for your time.  

A good bartender consistently brings in the regulars and wears company apparel. They promote the establishment, set the mood, and make sure everyone has a good time. There is a price to pay for that and it ain’t just in tips.  


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Do you ever wonder how much the most expensive alcoholic drinks cost? 


Expensive Alcoholic Drinks


In order to impress your friends or even customers with your knowledge of the world of alcohol, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the most expensive alcoholic drinks. 


1. Legacy By Angostura $25,000


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Legacy is a very expensive rum. It consists of seven of the brands most outstanding and rare rums. This unique blend creates a delectable and prestigious taste. Angostura’s mission is to create the world’s best sipping rum and many believe they have with Legacy by Angostura.



2. 1940 Wray And Nephew Rum $54,000


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J. Wray and Nephew is one of Jamaica's oldest and well-known makers and exporters of rum. This 1940s rum is well known for its purity and age which is why it’s so valuable. It is much better straight up and not watered down!


3. Penfolds Ampoule $170,000


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Penfolds Ampoule is a prestigious 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon with only 12 bottles ever made. This handmade vessel is truly remarkable. When an owner decides to open a bottle, one of the senior winemakers from Penfolds Ampoule travels to the destination, have a little ceremony and use a special tool to open the bottle. Drinking this wine is not just about the fine wine but it is about the experience as well.


4. Bombay Sapphire Revelation $200,000


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Bombay Sapphire Revelation is a world famous distilled London dry gin. The design concept behind the vessel came from Designer Karim Rashid who wanted to have the bottle represent jewellers the brand Garrad and crystal Baccarat. Each bottle is hand cut with a sapphire and diamonds. This could be a bottle any women falls in love with.

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5. The Macallan 64 year old in Lalique, Cire Perdue $460,000


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This scotch is the oldest single malt whiskey ever produced by the Macallan. The Macallan and glass artist company Lalique joined forces to have this scotch and a one of a kind crystal decanter sealed with wax united. It toured many cities until it was finally sent to auction and raised $460,000 at auction for a charity, making this the oldest and most expensive bottle of scotch.


6. Diva Vodka $1 million


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This prominent and delicate looking bottle of triple-distilled vodka pours through precious stones and gems. It is luxurious and feminine in every way. The company offers this vodka at a low price of $3,700 if you feel you want to live the high-life. However, it does not come with the precious stones that are available with the $1 million dollar bottle.



7. Pasion Azteca Platinum by Tequila Ley $3.5 million


The idea behind making this tequila is to offer the world the best tequila the world. This precious tequila is made from the sap of a blue agave plant. It was then fermented, distilled and left to age for 6 years. Each bottle is engraved by the artist Alejandro Gomez Oropeza and made to represent a barbed shell.

33 additional bottles are made in silver and gold and has a much more affordable price, $150,000. Whether or not you want to own the 3.5 million dollar bottle or a bottle for $150,000 one thing is for sure, this is one pricey alcohol. I wonder how much it would cost to make it into a margarita? 

The finer things in life may intrigue you. Or if you're serious about buying one of the most expensive bottles of alcohol in the world one day. Each of these 7 are refine and prestigious. It doesn’t matter if you like vodka, rum, wine, gin, tequila, vodka or whiskey, some prices you can afford and then some insane prices that only a select few will pay.

If you try any, let us know. 


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Humans  have basically been getting drunk since graduating from caveman status. Small amounts of alcohol have been found in the pottery of ancient Chinese civilizations.

And there's written mentions of the stuff as far back as the time of Julius Caesar. The earliest booze may have been crudely made from whatever was available, but everyone made something.   


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Since those early days, alcohol has continued to be a major part of our daily life. There’s very few cultures that don’t partake. Even those places where it’s illegal often have loopholes like “hotel bars” for tourists.

Because bars have been a staple of our lives for centuries and a popular public gathering place throughout history. In an interesting way, the history of bars and bartending is the history of humanity. Read on for some interesting facts about alcohol, getting drunk, and the people who make it all possible (kind of).


Humans Were Getting Drunk Since the Very Beginning


In ancient civilizations, alcohol was mainly used for medicinal purposes. Ancient people believed it could heal disease and fight infection. It was also used in ceremonial service to the gods. And there is evidence to suggest that humans have been producing alcohol as early as 10,000 BC. This is now known as the Neolithic period. The ancient Greeks in particular loved their booze and had many mythologies surrounding it. They even had a specific God, Dionysus, devoted to wine and merriment. Sounds like a fun time.

At first, alcohol was just the accidental by-product of rotten fruit: fermentation. The first record of an actual distillation process which vaguely resembles what we know today wasn’t until the 1st Century AD in Greece.  

So, the very first bartender was whichever dude realized that eating rotten fruit made you feel funny.



The Modern American History of Bars


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Diving into alcohol throughout history across the entire planet is a bit much for one article. Let's focus from this point forward on bars in America. It's hard to determine which bar is the oldest in the US because of lack of records. And the obvious fact that the very first bar ever built probably doesn't exist anymore. Currently, it is thought that the oldest bar in the US is The White Horse Tavern in Rhode Island. This place claims to be in operation since 1673.  

The first bars in America were gathering places for people of all types and often served as official meeting locations. Supposedly you could find priests giving sermons and government officials discussing legitimate business. 

It is often cited that many historical events took place in bars. Supposedly George Washington met John Adams at the City Tavern in Philadelphia and from there the seeds of the Independence were sowed. Even Abraham Lincoln was a bartender of sorts, working the counter at a general store that sold bottles of booze!


Prohibition and the Black Market


In 1920, thanks to the growing Temperance Movement, the sale and manufacture of alcoholic spirits was nixed by the Volstead Act. During this time that bootlegging was born, Boardwalk Empire style. This law was pretty tough to enforce though and as the great Depression began creeping in. Making bars legal again would have led to much needed jobs and tax revenue.  

Bartenders at the time of prohibition would have been working in secret “speakeasies” and charging a super high price for booze. 1933 saw the end of prohibition and the biggest night of alcohol consumption in history (just kidding, but maybe though!).



Alcohol and Beer Today 


Today the bar industry is thriving. The demand for quality, craft beer and liquor is higher than ever before. The Brewers Association estimates that the total beer market was worth $105.9 billion in 2015, with the craft beer market making up a whopping $22.3 billion of that figure!

Us bartenders get a lot more respect too. There’s recently been a push to give us minimum wage across the US and there’s a growing number of resources available to us.

So, throw a few back (responsibly) and think of the truly great tradition you’re a part of. Just don’t tip like it’s the 1600s.  


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Are you unsure when to stop serving drinks?

If you are a bartender, you will come across some interesting people who are pretty difficult to deal with.  You have the customers that will repeat things over and over to the point that it becomes extremely annoying. Then you have those who will expect you to read their mind, and then get mad at your drink recommendation.  


So, you want to be a bartender.  Good for you!  Bartending is a great way to make extra cash but it’s also a legitimate career path.  You’ll make more money than many of your counterparts in “professional” positions, have tons of flexibility, and a lot more fun.  


Bartender Old Habits Die Hard


But, it’s not all easy money and partying; this job is tough both physically and mentally.  Read on for some things you simply must know before becoming a bartender.


You Probably Won’t be a Bartender for A While 


Because bartending is technically “unskilled” labor (a label I take particular issue with), people often assume you can just decide to do it, then get a job the next day.  Well, sorry folks, but that’s far from the case.  Most places won’t even consider hiring a bartender with no experience.  And no, your bartending school certificate doesn’t count.  You’ll probably be paying your dues as a busser, server, or host for a while until you make the leap to being behind the bar.


Bartending is NOT EASY


Bartending requires a laundry list of skills, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks; and remembering drinks is only a small part of that list.  Being a bartender means you’re equal parts event planner, babysitter, and therapist.  You need to be able to build solid relationships, keep track of sometimes thousands of dollars, and mix drinks all at the same time.  And those are only the big ones!  

In addition, you’ll be running food (sometimes even cooking the food), opening the bar, closing the bar, changing all the kegs, clearing tables, washing glasses, closing checks, making service drinks, and one million other things.  Bartending is also an incredibly difficult job physically.  You’re standing on your feet all day and all night and sometimes you’ll be working for upwards of 15 hours in a row, not finishing until 5AM. Don’t get me wrong, the rewards of bartending are great, but the cost is real.


Chatting with People all Day Isn’t Always Fun


You think you can talk to anyone?  Try carrying on five separate conversations all while serving drinks, counting money, and keeping track of a million other little things.  Oh, and those people you have to chat up?  They’re the same people you saw yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that.  

While regulars can make your job worthwhile and genuinely brighten your day, they can also be the absolute worst part of your existence.  You can never have an “off” day.  Your entire livelihood, and those of your coworkers, depends on you being friendly, funny, and outgoing; every shift, for your entire shift.


Learn How to Save


The best part about bartending is the cash right?  Absolutely!  But, it does come with a caveat.  When your income comes in tens and fives, it can often be hard to keep track of it.  Make a habit of recording your tips from the very beginning and make a plan to save regularly.  You will probably make more money bartending (possibly a lot more), than you would at an entry or mid-level professional position. Take advantage of this and save. Please. Do it for me.


It Is Ok to Be a Bartender; And You Don’t Have to Justify It 


If it weren’t for the service industry, I wouldn’t have the wonderful friends I do or lead the life I live.  I make great money, it’s easy for me to take time off, and I always have a fail-safe option in my back pocket.  However, despite these advantages, I’m constantly justifying my life to others.  No, I don’t necessarily want to be a bartender forever, but for now it’s pretty damn good.  In short, if bartending is the life you love, live it.  If you’re happy, you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone.


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