Look at You, Bartender: Ryan Ringer, Independent Consultant, Toronto, Canada
Ryan Ringer, Independent Consultant, Toronto, Canada
That magical moment when you realize you’re not even thinking about what you’re doing. You’re just doing it and everything’s splendid. The room is abuzz with warm conversation, everyone’s happy, the drinks (and money) are flowing, and time is flying.
What music do you like to play when you’re in the weeds?
A good danceable tune with soul. Something that brings the swagger out of everyone around you.
What’s the worst thing a fellow bartender can do to you when you’re in the weeds?
Disrespect mise en place.
What’s the worst thing a customer can do to you when you’re in the weeds?
Ask for a drink that they had last week at a bar down the street but can’t even recall any details – what it tasted like, what was in it, or, at least, what it was called.
What’s the best thing you learned at high school?
I was on a competitive improv team all through high school. It taught me to be a team player, to be comfortable outside my comfort zone, to become a better listener, to take myself less seriously, to be quick on my feet, and to always be a YES person. These are all key qualities of a good bartender – and generally are all invaluable life lessons. I’m grateful for that education. I’m a better person for it.
What’s your favorite non-bartender-related book?
The Town and the City, by Jack Kerouac. It’s a beautiful story about a lot of relatable things – family, love, loss, longing, joy, despair, survival. It’s got it all.