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Jayo
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2003 8:46 pm
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So how hard is it to get into Bartending in the US?? Im an irish bartender looking for work in there this summer. I have ample experience, good knowledge about cocktails, and a reasonable amount of flair capeability. Is it really all about who you know? Whats the best way about getting in there?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 8:34 pm
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I am wondering the same as Jayo does.How hard it is to get a bartending job in USA?I am flair bartender from Slovenia with 8 years expirinces working at the night clubs,pubs and fine restaurants in Slovenia,Croatia.I am coming in USA in march visitng my girlfriend and as the same time i would like to bartend.I am about staying whole 3months. Could you people be so nice to let me know if you had-have expiriences with bartenders from foreign countries,doyou know any .What should i expect or do? Thank you very very much and have a great day! Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2004 11:22 pm
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You will probably need to apply for a work visa, as a visitors visa does not allow for working. I have not met many bar owners who will hire foks from other countries with out the proper paperwork. As far as paying under the table, a majority of bar owners shy away from this as well, as it puts thier liqour licence in jeopardy if they are caught doing so, and will cause terrible problems with the Intenal Revenue Service and taxes.
I'd first cover your bases with a work visa, this will let a future employer know that your'e on the honest level. Then I'd start checking with the "chain" bars over the internet while you are still accross the pond, I'm not sure if they advertise their employment opportunities, but it would be a good place to start.
Sadly, getting a bartending job does have a lot to do with who you know, but not everything. If you both are as experienced as you say you are, profesional and have a good grasp of the "American" dilect of th English language, I don't see why someone wouldn't considder you employable!

Best of luck!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2004 5:15 am
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I want to give you some encouragement, but right now heres the situation. I've been bartending for five years, certified and what not. I even Flairtend, but here in Louisiana if you are not a girl, you are not good business. They don't care about what experience you have, or what finesse you got. If you are Male here in Louisiana you are considered not good business. I WOULD LIKE OTHER PEOPLE'S INPUT ON THAT, IF THEY HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM OR WHAT NOT. I was actaully released from a bartending job because they were going to all female bartenders, pathetic is the only word that I got for that. Don't get me wrong nothing wrong with female bartenders but you asked how hard it was, here it's hard.

The best of luck to ya'll
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