Startender Diaries

Stories


Your place of work can serve as a safe haven: a place of routine, busy tasks, familiar faces and friendships, all a great place to distract you from whatever it is you’re dealing with in your personal life. In my years of bartending, I’ve learned no soul is exempt from troubles - none of them. People are either going into a crisis or coming out of a crisis in their relationships, finances, family, career or health. Continue reading...
If the money you make covers your bills, then you have a real job. I never understand when customers ask me questions along the lines of “what's next after this”. In other words, when are you going to get a “real” job. Not only is this offensive, but it's presumptuous. I make an above average and very satisfying living as a bartender, I love coming to work everyday and my efforts are reflected in my tips. (Hint: You will always earn a proportionate amount to the value of services you're providing). Continue reading...
Nothing gets you to the top of your bar/restaurant like acting as if you own the place. This means taking pride in your job no matter how inconsequential you feel your position is (for now). Sounds like common sense right? But when put into practice every time you're on the clock, it can be easy to slack and brush things off as “not my responsibility”, or when your feet hurt and you're tired and just effing over it. Continue reading...
And they have all ended DISASTROUSLY, but I couldn't stop doing it. Mostly because I'm optimistic, I think, this time will be different, I really like this person. But also, because if you're around me a lot, you naturally become part of my life in friendship or otherwise (laws of proximity). I don't think there's anything wrong with dating customers, but be prepared for things to not work out and seeing them hanging around your shift because that's what they were doing before you dated - super awkward! Continue reading...