New Year’s Eve
Everyone wants to spend New Year’s Eve in style, especially before having to follow through on resolutions for healthier living. “Bartending on New Year’s Eve is a sprint to midnight,” says Lynch. “And it only goes downhill from there.” Open bars, Champagne and confetti spells fun for drinkers, but a lot of hard service and clean-up work for bartenders.
King’s Day (for Bartenders in Amsterdam)
If you’re unfamiliar with Amsterdam’s King’s Day, prepare to be enlightened. Known as “Koningsdag” in the Netherlands, King’s Day celebrates the birth of King Willem-Alexander with concerts and special events that draw over 800,000 people to Museumplein annually—basically Dutch Mardi Gras. “It’s the hardest day here in Amsterdam to be a bartender,” says Timo Janse, bar manager and bartender at Door 74 in Amsterdam. “All of the team is hungover and the city is a mess.” There is one key difference between King’s Day and Mardi Gras: The party stops at night. “The night is very quiet as the Dutch are in bed by 8 p.m., which confuses tourists,” says Janse. “All in all a tricky night.”
Bartending is a tough job any day of the week. “What our guests don't see behind the curtains are the long hours of prepping before the party—juicing fresh citruses, making housemade syrups, carving ice blocks,” says Rahim. “But as a Bartender, you have to be professional, present behind the bar at 6 p.m. when doors open, and SMILE!” Tip well, everyone.