Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Ask a Bartender: When Did You Know You Wanted to Be A Bartender?

Some jumped over from the kitchen; some quit unfulfilling jobs to get behind the bar; some always knew they'd want to bartend. We asked 16 bartenders when they realized they wanted this career for themselves. Here's what they had to say.

About the author: Carey Jones is the former senior managing editor of Serious Eats. Follow her on Twitter (@careyjones).

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