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25 Things You'll Only Understand If You Worked At A Bar

Working at a bar isn't a job — it's a rite of passage.

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1. Being nice to everyone...even to the pests.

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Smile. Breathe. Smile. Only nine hours to go until we can close.

2. People still having no clue what to order by the time you ask them what they'd like.

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They've been waiting behind others for 10 minutes now. Come on.

3. Your legs being dead at the end of every shift.

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You will never take sitting down for granted ever again.

4. Customers who think they've cracked an amazing secret code for more alcohol when they ask for "no ice."

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Having less ice doesn't mean more alcohol in your drink, buddy. But whatever you want to believe, sure.

5. Waking up with bruises and not knowing where they're from.

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"Did I knock into a table? Or was it the bar?" are among the questions that will forever go unanswered.

6. Ignoring the guy who pushed in front of everyone on purpose.

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We see you. But you were rude.

7. Your mates visiting you and wanting mates' rates.

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ALL THE TIME.

8. Creeps Asking for Your Number.

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ALL THE TIME.

9. Perfecting your 15-minute break routine so you can sprint to the bar next door to get a full meal in – and some drinks.

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You will be surprised at how much you can fit into 15 minutes while working at a bar.

10. Being made to wear a promotional shirt.

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Some are OK. Most are terrible. Just thanking sweet Jebus that they're black, not white.

11. Dealing with the bathrooms.

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The less said the better here.

12. Citrus finding the smallest tiniest cut you might have.

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Cutting fruit? Be sure that fruit will somehow hurt you. FU little lime wedges.

13. Hating the bar when it's too quiet.

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There are only so many times you can pretend to wash the countertop to kill time.

14. Hating the bar when it's too busy.

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Please all of you go home now. Please.

15. Hating sunlight because you can't sleep.

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When you need darkness to sleep you end up turning on your best friend (the sun) really quick.

16. Hating holiday occasions you once loved.

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While everyone else sees an epic party, all you can see is the mess you'll be cleaning up later. "Happy" New Year.

17. Saying goodbye to weekends.

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"Up to much this weekend?" *Internal cry for help*

18. Hearing the same five songs over and over and over.

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If a DJ comes in they're guaranteed to play the same five songs the last DJ did.

19. The look someone gives you after telling them their tab's run out.

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Don't look at us. Talk to your boss over there with the long receipt asking who ordered the really expensive French bottle of wine.

20. People who ask for a drink they once had but have since forgotten the name of.

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We can totally guess the drink you once had based off your vague description.

21. Helping people charge their phones and then them expecting you to babysit it.

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If we could we would sit there with your phone charging. But we have a bar to run.

22. Getting nicknamed random stuff and having to nod politely.

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Guess "Boss" is OK.

23. When a customer points to the menu and asks, "Is this drink any good?"

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Nope...it's a terrible drink. We put it on the menu just to catch you out. Not.

24. Wanting to close up but a new group has just walked in.

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No rest for the wicked.

25. Having to do the dreaded "clopen."

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See you back here in a couple of hours to do it all over again.

To all the former and current bar staff out there – a big thank-you and cheers from Bacardi.

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