Gallery: Ask A Bartender: Stories from New Year's Eve

Um, I'm the Bartender
Um, I'm the Bartender
"Last year on New Year's Eve around 11:30, while we were EXTREMELY BUSY, a guest came behind the bar and started trying to take orders from other guests.  When I approached her to get her out of from behind the bar, she looks at me and says "It's okay… I'm a bartender!" I have never seen that happen before." — Joel Teitelbaum (Harry Denton’s Starlight Room)
Get Out Of There, Guys
Get Out Of There, Guys
"It involved many trips to the wheelchair accessible restroom to knock loudly on the door and yell, 'Are you guys okay in there?! Do I need to call an ambulance?!' That was the same night someone broke that sink..." — Elizabeth Powell
Rolling
Rolling
"One year a group came into the bar I was working at and they were all on ecstasy, drinking lots, grabbing each other—overall, having a great time." —Brian Means (Fifth Floor)
Cava, New Friends
Cava, New Friends
"Village Whiskey, December 31, 2010, 11:30 p.m. It was DEAD at Village, save for two young couples occupying a booth in the corner of the restaurant in my section. Long story short, they announced that they wouldn't jump ship like everyone else, but instead, wanted to stay at Village and share their New Year's with us.  Having worked a lot of New Year's Eves, you often feel like you missed out on being with friends.  But here, all of us at Whiskey made four new friends that night and we got to ring in the new year with them. We also had a LOT of cava." — Lindsey Krueger (Oyster House)
'Shoot the Root'
'Shoot the Root'
"Last year I had a private party of VIP guests who ordered a ton of root beer Schnapps. I never went through more root beer Schnapps in my whole career! SHOOT THE ROOT!" — Emily Tracy (Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge)
Swordfight
Swordfight
"It all happens on New Year's Eve—people get shameless. I've seen a lot of things, but my favorite is when I saw two guys having a mock sword-fight with two bottles of Grey Goose that their host had just shelled out a few hundred dollars for... and broke both bottles." — Lauren Lathrop Williams (Jsix Restaurant)