Slideshow: Ask A Bartender: What's The Worst Bartending Job You've Ever Had?

Drinking With The King
Drinking With The King
"It was my first job in America, at the Thirsty Mallard in Waretown, NJ (it was in the middle of where and close to a nuclear power plant!). Animal heads were mounted on the wall and I was forced to wear khakis and flip burgers on a grill behind the bar because "that's what people came to see." Their highlight of the month was Elvis night, and the place was packed. The "Elvis" that performed was not young, handsome Elvis; nor was it heyday, glam Elvis; but fat, just-about-to-die-on-the-toilet Elvis, wearing a cardigan." —Bob Achilles (The Industry)
Working A Club
Working A Club
"I suppose the worst job I ever had was working in a dance club. I had been asked to go up there by a friend to sort some staff problems out so I told him I'd do it for 6 months. The money was terrible, the tips were worse, the place itself was dirty, the staff were off their faces on pills half the time, the owner was a word that I can't repeat here, the customers were idiots, the music was terrible and so loud that I has to wear earplugs. I stayed my six months and left. I've been told since that I permanently damaged my hearing there—despite the earplugs!" —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)
You Live, You Learn
You Live, You Learn
"They've all had their ups and their downs. The worst places often have the best people; friends you make for life. And those horrible ridiculous 'I would change everything here' jobs should at least teach you something, even if you have to teach yourself." —Victoria Levin (The Tangled Vine)
Over Their Heads
Over Their Heads
"My worst bartending job was a little while ago at a place that told me they wanted to be craft, seasonal, fresh, etc. but ended up being run by a manager who had no experience running a bar or restaurant and an owner who didn't trust anyone. It was an ugly experience that taught me not to jump into new ventures without doing more research about the owner and their experience in the industry. It also made me consider leaving bartending and finding a job as a server to kind of recover from the experience." — Elizabeth Powell (ArtBar)
They Have Their Moments
They Have Their Moments
"With drunk people, late nights, weekends, and sticky beer, what could be bad?!" —Dave McCabe ( Punk's Backyard Grill )