Since graduating from the Louisville Bartending School in mid-February 2018, I have had the pleasure of bartending with a professional bar service that tends to contract with very high-profile local events (Homearama; Hope Scarves, Lincoln Foundation and Norton Foundation fundraisers to name a few) as well as wedding receptions and other private events. I have also managed to contract to provide bartending services on my own, the latest during the 2018 Breeders’ Cup. My contract was accepted to provide nightly services for a group of 30 in town staying at a local bed and breakfast, no tip jar allowed. My assistant who also graduated from LBS, was able to get a side deal to provide music nightly. Although they were free to order whatever they wanted, they truly enjoyed the specialty cocktails that I offered each night: Down the Stretch, Across the Board, the Breeders Cup Breeze, and since this is bourbon country, on their first night, the Old Fashioned, of course. Long story short, our third evening with them, we were discretely tipped $100 EACH by one of the guest.. Our fourth and final night, the leader of the group pulled us aside and related to us how much he appreciated us working with the group, what a fantastic job we did, and to show his appreciation, we were tipped $1200 – EACH! With others discretely tipping us, we both ended up with approximately $1500 each, not counting our contracted price which was paid by the bed and breakfast. I would encourage anyone to get into this business and find their niche. Of course I couldn’t have done any of this without the instruction, perspective and encouragement from Lex, LBS instructor Extraordinaire, and I’m so happy I made the decision to attend.
– Trisha Berry