Like braces and bar mitzvahs, there are certain rites of passage that take you from baby bartender to grown-ass bartender. From breaking a glass in the ice bin to being passed your first phone number from a stranger, here are eight of our favorite coming-of-age moments behind the bar.
1. Getting your ass kicked.
If you ever want to become a solid bartender, you have to take a trip to the weeds. It’s those moments when you are completely swamped behind the bar that teach you how to be a better bartender. You can memorize all the cocktail recipes you want, but it means nothing if you can’t prioritize. Your first crazy-busy shift will be daunting, but you will gain a lot of confidence from surviving it.