Hello all. I've recently been hired as a "Promotional Bartender" at an insanely popular bar in my city. The catch is I am competing with 20 other hopefuls for a few of the fulltime spots this bar actually has available.
What they are doing is making Thursday nights (which currently are not a busy night at this bar) the night that us promo bartenders work and they have instructed us to bring as many people to the bar as we can. Those of us that bring the most people to the bar and create the wildest atmosphere while we are working will receive permanent full-time positions with the bar. Basically I have to tell them when I want to work (2 weeks from now, 6 weeks from now, whatever), throw a party at this bar, promote my night and get as many people as I can to come. I'll get to party and drink with those who come AND bartend and make tips. PLUS they are going to pay us $1 per person we bring! And they're having crazy events and specials going on Thursday nights to help us draw people (free hotdogs and hamburgers, cheap drinks, volleyball in the dining area, night club dance area, reverse cowgirl bull riding (not sure what that is yet lol), etc.).
If I am one of the best promoters they'll teach me how to bartend (which I currently do not know how to do) and give me a fulltime spot with there staff. They have locations in New York, Las Vegas, Philly, etc. that I could transfer to if I wanted. This is such a good opportunity for me to learn to bartend AND land the hottest gig in my city. Thats why I'm posting this thread.
There mentality is bascially that the cream of the crop will rise to the top and get the positions. There are a ton of opportunities for managing and promotional positions as well if I can prove my abilities at bringing in people to the bar.
I have experience throwing and promoting raves and have been successful in the past; however, this bar atmosphere (think wild college girls gone wild) and clientelle (your average college student) are different from the hardcore ravers I'm used to promoting to. I'm confident I have all the qualities they want (I'm super outgoing, very likeable, approachable, young, and attractive) and I know I'd florish with this company if I put my mind to making Thursday nights successful for them. I imagine the other promo bartenders are only trying to bring people in mainly by asking friends and friends of friends to come.
I want to be extremely creative in drawing a crowd and blow the owners out of the water. My job there is what I make of it so I want to go all out and really make a name for myself. Any ideas on what I can do?
The main idea I have right now is I was thinking about throwing after parties (since I have experience throwing rave-type parties) and having admission be free if they got a wristband from me earlier that night at this bar I'll be working at. People would meet me at the bar, get a wristband, party at the bar for a few hours then we'd all go to my afterparty, they'd get in for free, and have a blast with live djs spinning and more drinks, etc. I just wonder if an afterparty is enough to get people to actually come to the bar.