As a bartender with Bar10 Events, Paul Anderson understands he’s got to be ready to go the extra mile for you clients. “I once did an event dressed up like a Roman slave,” laughs the Mesquite native. “I was shirtless in a gladiator skirt and had Cleopatra leading me around the room by a leash.” All in a day’s work for the staff at Bar10 Events, a local event planning company that specializes in private parties. Think there’s nothing special about that? Well, these guys all look like models and the only thing covering their torsos is usually just a bowtie. A killer physique—thanks to hours of CrossFit–and a quick smile keep the gigs keep rolling in. For Paul, it’s been a fun way to make money until he graduates from SMU this winter with a degree in applied physiology. Surely this former Marine’s friends give him a hard time about the Roman slave thing, right? “Yeah, but it’s in good fun. Anyway, it’s good money. You keep an open mind when you’re working at Bar10.”
What’s the best part of the job?
Since we don’t have one set place we work at with Bar10, I would have to say the best thing is the different environments we get to work in. One of my favorites so far has been the W Hotel, especially the pool. The view there is just amazing and the environment is always much fun.
What’s the strangest part of your job?
Just some of the things your guests can say. For example, when someone comes up and tells me they’re trying to watch their caloric intake and then they order a vodka tonic. I mean, seriously, tonic has a lot of sugar in it. And since I’m pretty health conscious myself I can’t help but point things like that out.
Tell me about your first day bartending.
Since it was my first party I wanted to make sure I was totally shredded so I didn’t eat a lot and had taken a lot of water pills, so I was probably partially dehydrated. Of course as soon as I got to the party the first thing the host wanted me to do was have a shot of Patron with him. Well, that kept going every so often and pretty soon I was pretty hammered. I pulled it off and everyone had a great time. To this guy the host still talks about that night. I just wished I hadn’t been so wasted I probably would have made even more money. Since then I’ve learned how to rein it in, to give the appearance that I’m still drinking with my guests but actually not doing it.
How would your customers describe you?
They would say I’m outgoing and very customer-satisfaction-oriented. I’m the kind of guy who likes to make sure my guests and the other bartenders are having a good time.
What would you say is your worst bartending skill?
Remembering names. I know so many people, but I’m terrible at remembering their names. Also I’m a heavy pourer.
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