1. Major sporting events
Whether it is the World Cup or the Super Bowl, bartenders dread working game shifts. If you are at the right bar, it can mean great money, but also permanent hearing loss from shouting sports fans ordering their fifth pitcher of Bud Light. And all those air horns.
2. Broken ice machines
Ice machines break down — it’s inevitable. But it always seems to happen on busy summer weekends when guests are chugging ice waters by the pint-full. After a desperate series of calls to the repair company, a bar back is usually sent out to beg for ice from neighboring bars. And it’s always shitty ice.