It's definitely not as romantic as it seems
Don't expect to get a day off for the first year. "People think it's a non-stop party, all the time," Wiley said. "And it can be. Especially in the beginning. That goes away quickly once you get into the brass tacks of running a business."
Running a bar is NOT a glamorous job. It's akin to running any other business -- which involves a lot of hard work, long hours, and thankless nights. Despite what Tom Cruise and his tropical bottle flipping would have you believe.
"It's not like just being a bartender, either," Richardson-Wilson said. "I remember thinking to myself, when I got my own bar: 'Oh shit, I'm the boss now. There's no one else to blame.' And that kind of sums it up. When the buck stops with you, it's a lot different."
When the toilet backs up and sewage leaks all over the floor, you can't just go home.