Drinking on the job is a no no. Unless, of course, drinking is the job. A chain of bars called Darwin & Wallace partnered with Swedish vodka company Virtuous Vodka, and is paying one person to drink at six bars to see which location makes the best Virtuous cocktail.
The chain is in London, but you don’t have to be from there to apply for the gig. The only skills you need are to be able to take notes on each cocktail that you taste, write up what your experience in the bar is like and record the presentation of every drink. For your troubles, you’ll be paid a little more than $800 plus the costs of drinks for you and a friend (they wouldn’t make you drink alone, of course). If you say there’s a better way to pay for a plane ticket to London then you’re a liar.
“I want to know which of my bartenders is the best at mixing up the Berry Virtuous cocktail,” Mel Marriott, the founder of Darwin & Wallace, told The Spirits Business. “As a familiar face amongst my teams in the bars, this is difficult to do so incognito. Therefore, I need someone to visit all six of my locations across South London and try out the new Berry Virtuous. The catch? None—you just have to do it without being noticed.
Sounds easy enough. The drinking gig is manageable on a quick trip, leaving you plenty of time to apply to all the other dream jobs and gigs on your list. Hell, you could load up your whole summer schedule with drinking jobs if that’s your prerogative. White Claw Hard Seltzer is paying people $60,000 this summer to travel and post pictures to Instagram of them living their best life. If that’s not for you, there are lots of jobs—part time and full time—that put you straight into the world of alcohol. Now about that trip to London you’ve been meaning to plan...