Few first jobs are glamorous, whatever the industry—and that's particularly true of bartending. Just about every talented cocktail shaker out there probably got his or her start as a barback squeezing 500 limes each night; or pouring Bud Light at a grungy dive; or making rum punches for a beach club's "Luau Night."
We asked 10 bartenders all across the country where they got their starts; here's what they had to tell us.
More Questions, More Bartenders
What's Your Favorite Dive Bar?
Have You Ever Kicked Someone Out of Your Bar?
What's The Best Tip You've Ever Gotten?
What Do You Drink Behind the Bar?
What's Your Least Favorite Drink To Make?
What's The Worst Date You've Ever Witnessed?
What Would You Ask a Bartender?
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