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The best things about working nights and weekends

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“Young but I’m making millions to work the night shift”

– Drake

When one commits to working in the Food & Drink Industry, they’re also committing to an unusual schedule. Some love it, some hate it, but in time, most adjust. While working nights and weekends can make it harder to socialize with family and friends, there are a lot of advantages, too. Here are the top 6 things that make working the night shift better than any other schedule.

It’s always Service Industry Night at the bar
Not only do you probably know the bartenders, you rarely have to push through a crowd to get a barstool. All the normals are either making “ironic” jokes about it being a school night or having to “go to my soul-sucking cubicle in the morning.” Meanwhile you’re out late on a Monday, throwing back shots like it’s anyone else’s Friday.

It’s always Sunday Brunch
While normal office drones walk past your favorite breakfast joint on their way to some kind of “client meeting” to discuss “action items,” “deliverables” and the latest “marketing synergies”, you’re tucking into a Bloody Mary and pancakes. They look through the window with the longing of an impounded house pet and think ‘but it’s a Thursday…’

Traffic is a theoretical construct
Much like Dark Matter, The Higgs Boson, and rational political debate, the concept of traffic rarely plays into your daily plans. When you need to drive across town, you plan the quickest, straightest route without even checking Waze. And when you arrive at your destination you just park right out front.

There’s no line at the grocery store
Also, you don’t really shop for groceries like the normals do. You drive an extra half-mile to the grocery with the best wine and cheese selection. Every lane is an express lane.

You have full and unfettered access to all parks, museums and galleries.
We live in tiny boxes so we can live in the city, right? And the whole point of the city is the culture, right? Well, if you hear that Carl Kahler’s painting “My Wife’s Lovers” is on display (reportedly the World’s Greatest Painting of Cats), you can just pop in to check it out after an easy morning of brunch and wine-shopping. Then it’s off to the park to drink wine!

Finally, it’s time to head to work

It’s been a full day and you’re relaxed and ready to plug into the restaurant. But your day is far from over. Friends are texting about a secret DJ set downtown, the boys from the kitchen want to hit that one bar with Buck Hunter and there’s always Tinder. Go out after work and relax! After all, you get to sleep in: it’s only Thursday.

Jack Hott

Jack Hott has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. Along the way he’s flipped burgers, tossed pizzas and spilled a lot of wine on white table cloths.

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