Double shifts are one of life’s many double-edged swords: they deliver extra amounts of that sweet, sweet cash we all need to pay our bills, but they also come with a bunch of other, much less sweet elements, like sore feet, frazzled brains, and dwindling patience for customer demands.
If a double shift pops up unexpectedly, all of the downsides just get magnified. In those cases, well, it’s basically an emergency situation, and you just have to rise to the occasion. But if you know the double is coming, you can prepare for it, and you can minimize the negatives, cushioning that bumpy road to a little extra scratch. We asked a handful of veteran bartenders for their top tips on enduring the dreaded double. Find their insider advice below, along with a few miscellaneous ones to grow on.
(These tips aren’t limited to the barroom, either; they can help anyone working extra long hours, especially in a job that involves lots of standing.)