Home' Bars and Clubs : BAC JulyAugust 2016 Contents BEST ADVICE
IG Act like you care what this
industry looks like tomorrow.
Because if you don’t, then you
JH Stand up for yourself. I’ve
actually had some people tell me
that I would never get anywhere
in this industry, that I’m only here
because I’m female. Stand up for
yourself and know what you have to
offer. It doesn’t matter who you are,
don’t let people walk over you.
GC Give back to the industry.
Winning cocktail competitions is a
lot of fun, but so is teaching other
people your craft and inspiring
people to do what you do, that is
cool too. Help other people.
CM If you do decide to do this,
have a bigger vision than you might
originally go for. It’s easy to try and
do something safe and small – but
if you’re starting your first venue, if
you’re going to fail, fail gloriously
and on a big scale. If it’s half a
million bucks or five million – you’re
never going to pay the bank back on
a bartender’s salary so go big.
JHO Make sure you get paid.
Everyone deserves to get paid.
People will contact you and ask you
for advice and to help them out – a
very smart man once said: “Fuck
you, pay me”. Know your worth.
HL We’re bartenders, ultimately
we are all replaceable. But when you
step into your bar, aim to be that
one person who is irreplaceable.
Make yourself that person.
AR Go home, get some fucking
sleep, eat some food, and think
about yourself long term. We have
lost way too many beautiful people
in this industry because people
who serve booze think they’re
immortal. Guess what? You’re the
same as the person you serve. Look
MAKE GOOD CHOICES
& AVOID BURNOUT
AR There is a simple difference, particularly when
it comes to bartending between male and female
skeletal structure. It’s not sexist, it’s just fucking
science. When it comes to shaking, doing it above
your head for the sake of showmanship, it’s not
going to help you in the long term. If you’re going
to make a career out of this you have to look after
the muscles in your body. The bottom line is, for
females, shake in front of you, shake forward and
back in front of yourself. With men, shaking over
your shoulders? There has got to be better ways.
You have to look after yourself if you want to be
in this industry long term. Find ways to keep your
body in check and strengthen your muscles and to
strengthen your core to make sure that you don’t
fuck yourself up. I’ve been doing this for over 20
years, and you have to figure out a way to survive,
otherwise you’re screwed.
HL I’ve never been the picture of health so I’ll
keep this simple. I’m pretty unhealthy right now but
that comes down to a lot of time spent abusing my
body. When anyone asks me if I drink, I don’t really
drink too much because I’m on the verge of 40 and
I’ve been doing this since I was 17. So by the time I
was 24 I was pretty much at the peak of my ability to
take as many drugs and drink as possible and then I
settled down and decided to get married and have a
family. Looking back now, I wish I had implemented
different ways of dealing with the stress, the late
nights, and the constant interactions with human
beings. It’s a very one-way street in hospitality. We
give a lot. Also, if you’re a young bartender, start at a
big venue and work your way down to a small venue
– I think Iain will agree that it’s been a long time
since we’ve shaken any cocktails.
JHO Everyone knows that I love a drink, but at the
same time it is about knowing when you can have
one and when you should stop. Everyone here has
been in the situation where they are the youngest
person in the room and then suddenly, they’re not.
And when you realise that, you go “Fuck, I need to
stop partying every single night”. It’s about making
sure that you can still function. It’s about not being a
dick. Don’t be a dick to other people, but also don’t
be a dick to yourself.
CM It’s strange to be getting exercise advice
from hospo professionals but exercise is important.
I’ve found that having a lot less shots has definitely
helped my general health and they do take a toll on
you eventually. Yes, they’re fun but try not to do one
with everyone and try to clear your head I guess so
you can get up and exercise the next day. You are
going to be old and ragged one day.
GC Wear good footwear. There is nothing
worse than going home and you can’t recover
because your legs are sore and I’ve found that
I was wearing fancy looking shoes, but I’d
have a sore back the next day. So changing
my footwear made a massive difference. We’re in an
industry where it is very easy to create addictions.
Whether it is alcohol or drugs or it can be ego. I
have a massive ego. We sort of get to the stage
where we think that we’re more important than
what we actually are. We don’t cure cancer. We’re
bartenders. Be humble.
JH That’s probably the best advice you can get –
keep your ego in check and remember what you do.
Sometimes you can get caught up in the idea that
everyone is in your bar to have a good time and I am
providing that good time, therefore they must love
me. But the next person will come in, and the next
person... you have a shot with all those people every
single day, it’s not great. I’m the youngest person
on this panel, I’m just starting out in my career, and
still finding it difficult to keep up. And if I’m feeling
that at the beginning of my career, imagine how it’s
going to be 10-20 years down the track. You need to
take care of yourself. It is the most important thing.
I work in a high volume bar where it is constant
physical stress. So you have a couple of shots and
you don’t feel it because of the stress, but the
next day you’re going to feel the compound of the
hangover, a back ache from bad shoes, if you’re not
shanding correctly, your arms are hurting. The best
thing is to stay healthy – I’m not saying don’t drink
but that is a part of our lives – but having a good
relationship with medical people and being honest
about your lifestyle and saying “I would like some
pointers on how to stay as healthy as I can”. I want
to be doing this in 20 years and see you across the
bar and say “Hey let’s have a shot”.
accountable for the culture that we are bringing
into our community. We talk about longevity and
sustainability and yet there is that notion of bravado
and how many hours did you work this week? How
many shots did you do at the bar? How many shifts
can you still pull? All those elements at the end of
the day comes down to a bit of a dick swinging
contest which forces our bodies into this constant
competition with each other. If we want to have this
longevity, it’s time for everybody to turn around and
be more accountable for that. Be accountable within
your own staffing culture and be accountable within
this wider community. It’s not about who does all
those things the biggest, the baddest, the hardest.
If we do want to be bartenders in 15 years’ time,
the more moderate of those things you do, that’s
the way we’re going to have bartenders with 20
my footwear made a massive difference. We’re in an
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