Food & Drink

18-Hour Shifts, Sex & Fights: The Insane Life of an NYC Bartender

Published On 02/01/2016 Published On 02/01/2016
Kayla Mata | Cole Saladino/Thrillist

I would sit at my kitchen table smelling of stale beer, eating leftover artisanal bar nuts I ordered hours earlier.

Kayla Mata | Cole Saladino/Thrillist

"There were a lot of nights on those shifts where I could almost feel my body shutting down.”

Marc Butcavage Cole Saladino/Thrillist

"I’m not doing this for extra cash. I’m a bartender."

Ivy Mix | Andrew Kist

"You see people at their absolute best and absolute worst, and that can be exhausting.”

Marc Butcavage | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Nick Settle | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Marc Butcavage | Cole Saladino/Thrillist

"Working in an NYC bar is a crazy dance, but if you can do it and have a good time, it’s a great one.”