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Offline Diane CBPFC

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Bartending
« on: November 18, 2008, 07:25:00 AM »
This is really an "outpourings" topic but I thought it may be my only chance to post in the Saloon Bar.

I am going to be a bartender on December 6 from 5 to 9 as a volunteer for my daughter's dance group.

Anyway, other than the sherry triffle and the toothache whiskey - I don't know much about booze and how much to put in the glasses and what they are called and if they are shaken or stirred etc

I was just wondering if you lot, who seem like experts in the field, could give me a few bartending pointers?

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008, 07:49:12 AM »
Dive for cover if a mean-looking three-legged dog enters the bar saying "Ah've come f'r the man who shot ma paw."
I apologise, in advance.

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008, 07:55:22 AM »
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Well, haven't YOU come to the right place!

Basically, as someone who has done a bit of bar work in his time (both sides), I have to ask a couple of questions:

Will there be draught beer and optics, in other words is it a "real" bar (do you pull a lever to dispense the beer and do the bottles of spirits hang upside down on the wall behind you?)

Or is it a volunteer-type "can" bar, where all the beer is in cans in a fridge?

Offline Diane CBPFC

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2008, 05:38:06 PM »
It is the cans in a fridge type bar - I only need to go in 15 minutes before my turn so it can't be too hard. I just don't want to look bad if someone asks for a fancy drink. I imagine most people will want beers or wine as it is a supper and party.

The trouble with all the activities that my kids are in is that you have to do a lot of volunteer work. I worked a casino for the swim club and they want to host a swim meet in our town next spring, and moving shopping carts of groceries from the old co-op to the new one for the ice skating club for five hours on a Sunday, I am baking for the dance club, selling raffle tickets for the ice skate club, decorating a christmas tree for the ice skate club and now serving at the bar for the dance club.

It is only the karate and soccer people that give me any peace.
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Offline The Peepmaster

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2008, 05:48:41 PM »
Golly, Diane - how do you find time to grace this board with your presence?

I've worked in a few bars over the years. Mainly in my student days, I hasten to add. I reckon I could do it again now easily enough. It'd be a bit like riding a bike, I imagine. In MY day, you didn't have tills that added up for you. You had to do it in your head. I was a bar steward for quite a few years.
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Re: Bartending
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2008, 06:06:15 PM »
Surely even Mince wouldn't step in on that one.

Offline Diane CBPFC

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2008, 07:16:45 PM »
Since it will mostly be beer in cans...I could say would you like it shaken or stirred or would you just like me to pass you the damn can?

I just want people to know that I could do more if called on to do so.
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Re: Bartending
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2008, 07:17:37 PM »
Surely even Mince wouldn't step in on that one.

He doesn't need to: Peeps has said it all!

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2008, 07:20:19 PM »
Since it will mostly be beer in cans...I could say would you like it shaken or stirred or would you just like me to pass you the damn can?

I just want people to know that I could do more if called on to do so.

It does seem a bit of a waste you asking this lot when I have a publican daughter a few thousand miles down the road in Toronto! Do you want me to ask her if it's OK for me to give her email address to you?

Offline Diane CBPFC

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2008, 08:29:10 PM »
At this point I don't care if I get fired from that volunteer post because I know I will excell at pushing the carts of groceries from the old shop to the new one and can reedeem my reputation then.  ;D
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Re: Bartending
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2008, 01:46:03 AM »
Just wear a low cut blouse, giggle and say "I've never done this before". You'll be fine.

Offline Diane CBPFC

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2008, 03:01:03 AM »
That may work for someone like Mince - but my boobies are not that perky.
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Offline Vulture

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2008, 05:17:09 AM »
That may work for someone like Mince - but my boobies are not that perky.

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Offline The Peepmaster

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2008, 07:07:40 AM »
That may work for someone like Mince - but my boobies are not that perky.


I don't think wearing a low cut blouse would help someone with the smoulderingly good looks of a scallop.
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Offline Fyodor

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Re: Bartending
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2008, 10:06:08 AM »
That may work for someone like Mince - but my boobies are not that perky.


I don't think wearing a low cut blouse would help someone with the smoulderingly good looks of a scallop.

Stop it this minute Peepo; I'm only flesh and blood.
I'm dafter than I look.