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Melissa Allen

Melissa is a NYC-based writer, teacher, and bartender. Her love of food, culture, and chatting with strangers has taken her all over the globe. After stints living and traveling abroad in Europe and Asia, Melissa is back in NYC, serving up cocktails and conversation.

6 things bartenders always have to explain to civilians

6 signs you learned to drink behind the bar

7 habits that are hard to shake when you leave bartending

7 things bartenders obsess over that the rest of the world doesn’t care about

6 things you should never say to a bartender on a first date

6 secrets bartenders want you to know about

7 differences between being a bartender in NYC and anywhere else

8 things you’ll never hear a bartender say

7 reasons you should never date a bartender

7 things bartenders love to hate

8 rites of passage all bartenders go through

The 7 habits you pick up bartending

The 9 absolute worst things you can do in a bar

7 signs you’ve made it as a bartender

7 New Year’s resolutions bartenders always make but never keep

How to piss off a bartender during the holidays

9 perfect gifts for bartenders this holiday season

7 comments bartenders have heard from their moms

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