Slideshow: Ask a Bartender: What's the Worst Night of the Year to Work?

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo
"I worked for nearly 3 years in a tequila bar, and every year Cinco de Mayo was insanity. I have never seen so many people who know nothing about the actual holiday drink so many cervezas and margaritas and get absolutely crazy. I worked from 10 am until 4 am, and was a zombie for days after." — Kristin Almy (Grand Café)
New Year's
New Year's
"I would go with New Year's. Don't get me wrong, I've worked a couple that have turned out to be some of the best nights I've ever had, but all that happens back of house." —Bayardo De Murguia (Wood & Vine)
Slow Nights Are The Worst
Slow Nights Are The Worst
"Well, being Irish, I obviously love St. Paddy's Day… and to be honest I love crazy busy nights like the holidays. As long as the bar team is working well it's really fun. It's what I love to do. You get kind of into your zone and get a rush from seeing a bar full of happy customers. The opening night at Pork Slope was an insanely busy night but I loved every minute of it, and I think the customers pick up on that. Slow nights are the worst." —Phil Macnamara (Pork Slope)
Slow Nights
Slow Nights
"We’re a high volume bar and are very lucky to be busy almost all the time.  When I step onto the bar, I'm there to design experiences for guests, shake drinks and have fun—so slower times, like Labor Day weekend when lots of people head to the beach, can be less exciting." —Kevin Martin (Eastern Standard)
Super Bowl, Football Wives
Super Bowl, Football Wives
"The worst day for me was the Friday before the Super Bowl in Phoenix a few years ago. I was working in Scottsdale at a bar that had strawberry martinis and mojitos.... The players' wives love those things, I guess. I was by myself (great scheduling there), three deep at bar, and restaurant was full.  I was so deep in the weeds I couldn't see straight.  It was a junk show of mega proportions.  Nothing has ever compared to that day." —Billy "Bonefish" Fannemel (Couloir Restaurant, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort)
Depends On The Crowd
Depends On The Crowd
"I really don't mind working any shift; busy is busy. A bad shift (busy or slow) is when the number of people exercising "good judgment" is heavily out weighed by people experiencing little or no judgement." —Todd Maul (Clio)
St Paddy's; December
St Paddy's; December
"I work in Dublin, Ireland. Most of my bartender friends would say that the worst day of the year to work, by far, is St. Patrick's Day. It's insane. There's not much point in describing it to you. I do suggest that you come and join us over here though to experience it yourself. And then spend the next few days recovering with the hair of the dog.

For me, the entire month of December gets old really quickly. It's like amateur month, when those people who don't come out all year decide to go for drinks; and my least favorite day of the year to work is Christmas Eve—I'd prefer to be at home with friends and family by my log fire sipping a nice glass of Rioja or Yellow Spot Irish whiskey, rather than making sure you don't leave your presents behind in my bar!" —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)