This week for my google alert I had quite a few laughs and enjoyed reading about ‘the bartender of the week.” It is a profile about Sonny Skrakowski, bartender at the Magnolia Theater. I enjoyed reading his likes and dislikes about being a bartender. I also thought that his story about the craziest thing that ever happened was really funny and worth reading, even if you are not a bartender.
Like Skrakowski, I have also had an experience with a patron who was deaf and mute. My story was a little more embarrassing than his, let’s just say, I wish I knew of his hearing loss before the situation of serving him the wrong drink three times! (Never took the hint that he had wrote it down and thought he was a drunken fool playing games with me).
The article from Dallas Bartender Examiner was informative about, not only the bartender, but the experience of bartending in general. The questions directed about the people you meet, what you learn about people and what you enjoy (or not) about meeting new people on a daily basis. Bartending has taught me various different aspects about people and behavior and it was nice to read how someone shares my passion for this facet of the job.
As I have probably stated about a hundred times in the semester so far, bartending is so much more than pouring drinks. You can read the job description of a bartender in any handbook of any restaurant or bar and still be lost. This sort of stuff isn’t written, you have to figure it out with experience and desire.
One part of the article that I won’t soon forget is a quote on developing personal style.
“You have to excel at mixology, psychology, astrology, and sexology,” says Skrakowski. “You have to be a sports commentator, a weather forecaster, a matchmaker, fight breaker, bet taker, and a clown.”