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I have a special treat for you all today…
Recently I connected with a gentleman who is an expert in his field- of all things Bartending. His name is Shaun Daugherty-but his moniker is very simply-SHAUN the BARTENDER. He’s got an amazing website where he creates a new cocktail everyday and visually, step by step, shows you how to make it.
He’s written a book entitled Extra Dry, with a Twist-An Insider’s Guide to Bartending. Shaun has been a Bartender for over 20 years and he knows his craft very well. But aside from his cocktail creating prowess, I was equally or maybe even more impressed, with his philosophy about Service & Hospitality in regards to Bartending. To him, a Bartender is so much more than just one who makes and serves drinks behind the bar. His emphasis on the Hospitality aspect truly resonated with me. So, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to introduce SHAUN the BARTENDER to all of you my SOUPFLY FRIENDS & FANS.
So, without further ado-(that really wasn’t that much ado, anyway) I give you, my guest blogger- SHAUN the BARTENDER...
So…what is a bartender?
Is it someone who can make over 500 drinks from memory, a person serving you a drink while discussing a topic of interest, or someone who is there to be a lending ear to listen about your trying day at the office?
The person behind the bar should be whatever you want them to be. If you want them to converse with you, or not, they are there to respect your wishes. Their favorite drink to make should be the one that they are making, at that very moment, for the person who is awaiting it to quench their thirst; no matter if it’s a craft cocktail or a rum and coke, they are there to satisfy your wants and needs and be happy when doing so. Does a margarita take lemon juice and simple syrup or just a pre-mix? That question should be answered by the person who is imbibing it, not the person serving it. There are many tastes, hence the different types of spirits. A true bartender understands that to be successful, one should have an open mind and make it to the satisfaction of the one who will be enjoying it. Yes, the way they want it may be wrong as far as you, as the maker, is concerned. However you will not be the one enjoying it. The saying, “The customer is always right”, comes to mind in this instance. This is what separates the true bartender and someone only serving drinks on the other side.
A bartender is a friend, a confidant, a consultant to every individual who enters their establishment. Be it the man who is dressed to the nines just coming from his business meeting, to the girls who are going out to gossip about current relationships, there are no favorites when it comes to him/her. They are there to be the maestro to the bar filled with many different personalities, gracefully orchestrating a nice harmony throughout the room. With the right conductor, everyone wants to be in the band. The room will always be full of life and happy people no matter what pay grade and lifestyle. With the right person as the host of the establishment, there will always be someone to talk to sitting at the next barstool. And if you don’t know anyone when first walking in, they will be sure you have some new friends before you leave.
It is never about them; it is about the people they have attracted to come in as patrons to their place of business. They will always be a grateful host and the smiling face you will want to see when you have a little time to relax and enjoy some time with a room full of people who are there for the same reason. A true bartender will understand that it is about the camaraderie and the vibe that they had every part in creating. All because they understand that it is about each and every person there.
What is a bartender? I believe that this is up to you to decide.
I hope you enjoyed Shaun’s guest post today. I encourage you all to check out his website and order his book:
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Christoff J. Weihman
Las Vegas, NV