Slideshow: Ask A Bartender: What Are The Best (And Worst) Parts of Your Job?

In Your Next Life, Theo
In Your Next Life, Theo
"The best part of the job is easily the clientele and the staff you work with. Plus, free negronis and dry cleaning is pretty sweet. The worst part? Probably that I had to put my aspirations of starting a Dion & The Belmonts cover band on hold." — Theo Lieberman (Lantern's Keep, Milk & Honey )
Novel Companions
Novel Companions
"The best part is the random conversations you have with people that you would never by chance meet outside of tending bar. Film directors to auto mechanics, you get to talk to everyone—people are fascinating. Downside, short and sweet: some people don't hold their liquor well." —Todd Maul (Clio)
Finding Drinking Buddies
Finding Drinking Buddies
"The best part of my job is being able to build a bar that reflects your character and the character of the restaurant. Through the beer list, cocktail list, and spirit selection, you can build whatever kind of atmosphere and clientele that you like. That part is a lot of fun. The worst part is trying to find normal people to hang out with on a Monday night when you're off." —Dave McCabe (Punk's Backyard Grill)
Happy Where I Am
Happy Where I Am
"Without a doubt the best part is when someone is delighted with a beverage that they've never had before. I feel like the worst parts of a job are pretty universal across different industries. Then again, I'm sure pediatric surgery has greater downsides than tending bar. No complaints here!" — Aaron Polsky (Amor y Amargo, Neta, @ontopofthebar)