The bumper bartender race has come to a conclusion. I finished just behind the leading group of higher seniority bartenders ending up with a couple of day shifts and three nights. I am happy with the results. Although I will take a small cut in pay…I will now be able to enjoy a slightly less vampiric lifestyle…I am looking forward to it. So today…was my first day shift in over five years. Considering I usually sleep in until one or two in the afternoon…getting up at eight in the morning was the hardest part of this transition. I basically stayed up all night staring in anticipation at my alarm clock. The shift itself went remarkably smooth and I enjoyed myself. It was refreshing to have different side work, different servers, different drinks, different body motions, a more laid back energy in the bar, etc. I made great money utilizing quality over quantity tactics…I had time to talk about cocktails and different liquors with my customers…which led to a lot of up selling. I connected with several people who are going to come back and visit me on my night shifts …one of which was a beautiful single lady…and got off in time to enjoy the sunset along with a couple of ice-cold Heinekens. Tonight…I am going to do more research on a couple of the higher end scotches and cognacs we sell and increase my liquor knowledge. Tomorrow morning…now that I comfortable…I am going to open the bar up a half hour early to increase my sales. It feels good to be thrown back into the trenches. The bottom line is that working a myriad of days and nights is going to mold me into a more rounded bartender. Mike…over at Life On A Cocktail Napkin…expressed it perfectly: When life hands you lemons…make a lemon drop martini!
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