Gallery: Ask A Bartender: What Would You Be Doing If You Weren't A Bartender?

Woodworking
Woodworking
"I spent one year where I worked 4 days a week at a wine bar in the city, and the other 3 days I went up to the Catskills and apprenticed to a fine wood worker. It was just something I'd always wanted to do. I loved being up there, and I still build some things for myself (but wine is my first love)." — Davis Anderson (Maslow 6 Wine Bar)
In the Kitchen
In the Kitchen
"I went to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. So I would still be running down the dream of being a chef in my own place. Either that, or I always tell people I would be an accountant—just because it seems as different from what we do as it gets." —Junior Ryan (Clyde Common)
Umbrella Drinks!
Umbrella Drinks!
"If I weren't a bartender I'd be a charterboat captain someplace warm with good surf, good fishing, nice people, and umbrella drinks." —Billy "Bonefish" Fannemel (Couloir Restaurant, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort)
Flying
Flying
"I'd be flying airplanes! I've always loved being on planes. I even like the smell of jet fuel. If I weren't a bartender I'd be up there flying you around while you sip your gins and tonic in the back." —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)
Radio Star
Radio Star
"If I weren't a bartender, I would likely be an educator or working in radio. I was once an on-air personality for a major market CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio—Top 40) station when in college. My major was English and Organizational Communications; I really thought that I was going to become a professor and a writer. Then this bartending thing happened..." — Elizabeth Powell (ArtBar)
Photos and Fashion
Photos and Fashion
"If I wasn't a bartender I would be a photographer focusing on documenting people's personal histories with film, while designing clothing and accessories... so, I guess you can have everything. (I actually get to do both on the side.)" —Alison Webber (Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen)
Firefighting
Firefighting
"If I wasn't a bartender I would probably be a firefighter (since I was interning as one before). Or using my business degree somehow..." —Brian Means (Fifth Floor)
Studying People
Studying People
"Social anthropology has always held a piece of my heart, and you can occasionally catch me daydreaming about trotting the globe, digging up ancient traditions of long-lost people. I have always been borderline obsessed with Indiana Jones. " — Kristin Almy (Grand Café)
Crafting Furniture
Crafting Furniture
"I am a classically trained furniture maker; I actually have a shop in New Hampshire. I would be there more..." —Todd Maul (Clio)