For some bartenders, it’s a huge sacrifice to work on holidays, and for others, it’s a welcome excuse to skip out on family drama. Regardless of where you stand, all bartenders must pay their dues and clock in for a holiday or two. Here are seven lessons bartenders have picked up from working holidays.
1. Prepare for the strange.
Around holidays, there is a dramatic redistribution of clientele. Most of the “normals” go on vacation, visit family, or host parties, so you’re left with a blend of service industry people, tourists, and weirdos. Social interactions take on a different rhythm. It’s all very David Lynch.