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Bottoms Up: With Jason Stevenson at the Lido

Tuesday 10th, October 2017 / 10:10
By Glenn Alderson

HOW DID YOU START BARTENDING?
A friend was leaving his job at a pub I used to frequent and vouched for me. The owner is a salty little pistol who apparently didn’t care about my lack of experience, she just wanted someone who wasn’t a total nitwit that could do the job the way she wanted it done. I was sitting at the bar one day and she said, “You should work here.” I said I didn’t know how to bartend but she just said, “Ah, it’s fuckin’ easy.” I started that Monday.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE LIDO?
Since I had less grey hair.

BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It’s flexible and I feel like I can be myself (swear). We have a lot of weird and wonderful regulars that I enjoy interacting with and my coworkers always crack me up. The owners are honest and generous too. Also, I’m free from the usual trappings of customer service—i.e. being nice all of the time. If someone is disrespecting the customers or the staff I don’t have to smile through my teeth at them, I can tell them to get bent and send them packing.

FAVOURITE DRINK TO MAKE?
Usually something simple like an Old Fashioned. Lately I’ve been making a lot of Gin Slings for the indecisive.

GO-TO ON A NIGHT OFF?
Honestly, my couch or the rehearsal space. I don’t feel like myself if don’t eat tacos at least once a week though so I usually rotate between Sal y Limon or Los Cuervos. I’ll hit up Abe’s if I want to see some friendly faces while I knock one back.

TELL US ABOUT THE GREATEST NIGHT YOU’VE EVER HAD AT WORK.
Any night where people can cut loose and have a great time while still respecting each other is a success.

THE WORST?
Any night when I have to ask an adult to leave for behaving like a petulant child is a real drag. Luckily, that doesn’t happen very often.

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