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Bartender Interview: Nadia


Alaska Bartender NadiaNadia tends bar at The Triangle and The Imperial in Juneau Alaska. Judging from the photos on her MySpace profile, she can definitely bring the flair. Nadia has a lot of interesting things to say about the world of bartending. In fact, this is one of my favorite bartender interviews so far. So read it…

Why did you decided to get into bartending?

I started bartending because it was a perfect fit during my college years. It was like getting paid to party with my friends, a few nights a week!!

How did you go about getting your first bartending gig? Was it tough to land your first one?

Actually my first real bartending gig was not that hard. I went and applied at a night club in Ybor City. I didn’t think it would matter if I had experience or not, they just wanted a pair of boobs behind the bar! I remember it was pretty crazy. They wanted some girls to hang out outside the bar and basically show off body parts to bring people in to the bar. My best friend and I went down and actually stood outside the bar with flyers and big signs. Around 2am we would go behind the bar and work for 2 hours before it closed. We did this for a few weeks and after being yelled at and berated by the guests about what was actually in the drink, we managed to learn pretty quickly! But after a few weeks of standing outside practically naked, then going in and picking up the scraps. I said to myself, FUCK THIS!!!! Second jobs are way better.
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Bartender Interview: Chris Barriere


Christoper BarriereChris Barriere tends bar at 75 Chestnut in Boston, MA.

Why did you decide to get into bartending?

I was working retail and not making nearly enough money to support myself. So, I picked up a second job as a food runner in a small restaurant in Beacon Hill. I saw the bartenders in action and admired the social setting. I saw the bar as more of a stage than anything else, where you could make money just by telling jokes and being yourself. Since I considered myself a pretty social person, this seemed like a natural fit. That, and the fact that I love wearing black.

How did you go about getting your first bartending gig? Was it tough to land your first one?

Well as I said before, I was a food runner and I moved up the ladder pretty quickly because I was such a hard worker. The kitchen staff actually nicknamed me “the machine”. When a bar shift opened up on Sunday brunch I jumped on it. It was a good shift to learn on because it was one of the only bar shifts at the restaurant where you were the only bartender scheduled. This way I learned how to do everything on my own: wait on my tables, make the service bar drinks, bus tables, etc..

What is your favorite drink to make?

I really like making our espresso martini. It is the most delicious drink we have.

What is your least favorite drink to make?

A mojito. Anything where muddling is involved is thumbs down, especially when it’s busy.
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Bartender Interview: Laura Serafine


Laura Serafine bartenderLaura tends bar at Arnie Morton’s Steak house in Burbank, CA. She’s also a singer/songwriter. To hear her music, check out her MySpace profile. But first, let’s hear what she has to say about tending bar.

Why did you decide to get into bartending?

It just fell in my lap, I was doing the payroll in the mornings at a restaurant and the manager said I could have any job I wanted at night so, I chose bartending because the bartenders had the most comfortable uniform.

What is your favorite drink to make?

Anything you shake, I love to shake!
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Bartender Interview: Leggz


Leggs bartender Corpus ChristiIntroducing Leggs – a bartender from Corpus Christi, Texas.

Why did you decide to get into bartending?

I was a cocktail waitress and a bartender called in and they throw me behind the bar and i fell in love with it

How did you go about getting your first bartending gig? Was it tough to land your first one?

It wasn’t hard, but it’s easy for girls.

What is your favorite drink to make?

I’m a shot person so I’m always coming up with crazy shit to try so my favorite is a Sexy Leggz which I made for myself.
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Milwaukee John


Milwaukee John BartenderIntroducing: Milwaukee John – a bartender from (you guessed it) Milwaukee! John tends bar at YIELD, an indie/punk bar on Milwaukee’s east side.

Why did you decide to get into bartending?

Actually, I had answered a newspaper ad for a new bar – Cans – that was opening in the area. I had done some bussing in previous years and figured behind the bar was the next logical step. Mixing my social life with my monetary income seemed like a perfect avenue for me to follow.

How did you go from barbacking to bartending?

I worked hard and tough barbacking in those days (we drank even tougher). I got to the point where I was actually passed over for an open bartending slot for fear of a lacking a replacement for myself. Eventually, I got it though and have been in love ever since. It felt good coming home.
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