Whether you’re looking for a new job bar job or you’re just a customer enjoying a cocktail, you’ve got to get to know your bartender. Forming a relationship with the one mixing your drinks will only heighten your bar experience and that’s what you’re there for, to have a good time.
People who come to the bar and stick to themselves are always the ones missing out on the fun. It’s almost as if they think they’re too cool to join in. If you’re by yourself and want to grab a drink, make sure you sit at the bar and start chatting with your bartender. This way when other people come and talk to the one pouring the drinks you will be able to join in the conversation because you now have a relationship built with him or her.
The bartending will probably even introduce to the other customers and include you in the banter. This not only helps the time go by for the bartender but it also increases his or her tips. A good bartender will always charm the customers and make a fun and entertaining atmosphere for everyone drinking. This makes them drink more and tip better. So make sure you get in good with your bartender right off the bat and tip well. On the other side of things, if you are looking for a bartending job, which is extremely difficult to get, getting to know your bartender will only increase your odds. Sit down, order a drink, and make some small talk. Where are you from? What else do you do besides bartending?
Once you get to know each other a little you can dig a little deeper. Ask how they like working there. This is a great way to get some details on the work atmosphere. Make sure in your conversation you talk about your own experience as a bartender. Let them know you are in the industry and that you know what you’re talking about. Exchange different experiences you’ve come across or tell a funny story. After you order a few more drinks and have a couple laughs you can ask the big question, “Are there any openings?” This will at least fill you in on how they’re hiring process works.
If you have any luck you might even be able to talk to the manager on duty and set up an interview. No matter what your reason is for sitting at the bar, make sure you make the best out of it. That’s why people go to bars, to have a good time and escape from reality for a bit. They want to let loose. Just don’t expect to be taken seriously or make a contact because that’s not going to happen. Whatever your motive is, be a part of the fun and have a good time. Get to know your bartender.