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Old 09-19-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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Hi! I'm moving from NYC to ATL and I work in bottle service/bartending. I was wondering if anyone was familiar with salaries. Do you know how competitive the Atlanta industry is, how active the nightlife is to NYC, and whether there is a significant difference in the average pay in an upscale nightclub or cocktails lounge.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:00 PM
 
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Well obviously no city in the country can compare to NYC when it comes to nightlife. Dont get me wrong Atlanta has great nightlife but NYC is truly a 24hr city and Atlanta has nothing on it. A lot of Atlanta's nightlife imo revolves around the hip hop scene and has a lot of "urban" nightlife. NYC has much more of a variety. The salary really depends on how good of a bartender you are and what kind of club/bar/establishment you'll be working in and the crowd you cater to. Bartenders can really do well in either city. NYC will be more competitive though from what I hear.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:26 PM
 
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Well obviously no city in the country can compare to NYC when it comes to nightlife. Dont get me wrong Atlanta has great nightlife but NYC is truly a 24hr city and Atlanta has nothing on it. A lot of Atlanta's nightlife imo revolves around the hip hop scene and has a lot of "urban" nightlife. NYC has much more of a variety. The salary really depends on how good of a bartender you are and what kind of club/bar/establishment you'll be working in and the crowd you cater to. Bartenders can really do well in either city. NYC will be more competitive though from what I hear.
This is what people who are largely familiar with Atlanta's nightlife via reality TV often say, but it's not even close to the full truth. Of course there's a large hip hop-oriented nightlife here, which no one would deny, but in a metro that's majority White and a central city experiencing rapid gentrification, trust and believe, just about anyone who's not into hip hop like that can find their scene here pretty easily.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:44 AM
 
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Well obviously no city in the country can compare to NYC when it comes to nightlife. Dont get me wrong Atlanta has great nightlife but NYC is truly a 24hr city and Atlanta has nothing on it. A lot of Atlanta's nightlife imo revolves around the hip hop scene and has a lot of "urban" nightlife. NYC has much more of a variety. The salary really depends on how good of a bartender you are and what kind of club/bar/establishment you'll be working in and the crowd you cater to. Bartenders can really do well in either city. NYC will be more competitive though from what I hear.
Can a bartender really afford to live in NYC without a lot of roommates though?
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I'd imagine bartenders in Atlanta make less than New York, but a bartender will likely live much better in Atlanta considering how much lower the cost of living is there.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Can a bartender really afford to live in NYC without a lot of roommates though?

Bartenders make up to $500 a night in NYC (and Philly for that matter). But those gigs are pretty difficult to get.
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Old 09-20-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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If I were a bartender, I'd live in Atlanta. No doubt. More entertainers there who are willing to ball. I'd say the same thing about South Beach. Or Vegas.

I was in a Miami club when Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Chris Tucker and Dwyane Wade all walked in within 15 minutes of each other. I'm sure the bar did well that night.

Atlanta is always landing big events like the Super Bowl, Final Four, All-Star Weekend, etc. You could probably pay your rent for a whole year if Lebron James left you a tip.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Yes, bartenders in ATL can do VERY well .... VERY well ...
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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Atlanta bartenders do very well in Atlanta. Especially if your are working for restaurants and clubs
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY $$$
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the keyword in the OPs question is salary.I mean if we are talking salary then clearly nyc, but now as far as nightlife goes this isn't even a debate you'll most certainly see a more broad nightlife in new york city then atlanta.
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