Party Snobbery: If You Can’t Afford to Hire a Bartender . . .
"If you can't afford to hire a bartender, you shouldn't be having a party." That's the mantra of New York hipsters.
Now here’s a rule I did not know:
“In my opinion, if you don’t have a bartender at your party, you’re a loser,” said Dustin Terry, who lives a floor below Ms. Argiro and said his job was to get models and Saudi royalty into hot clubs. “The bartender brings class and sophistication.”
“If you can’t afford to hire a bartender,” he added, “you shouldn’t be having a party.”
That seems to be the consensus of a growing crowd of 30-something New Yorkers who wish to signal they’ve graduated from post-collegiate squalor to young professional coming of age. No matter how small their abodes, they won’t invite friends over for cocktails without the assistance of a bartender — even if there’s barely room for the bartender to stand.
Now, I’m not sure what Procurer of Models and Saudi Royalty pays these days but this would have put the kibosh on most of the parties I’ve attended. Indeed, I make a decent living and the only party I’ve hosted at which I’ve employed a non-me bartender was my wedding.
via Glenn Reynolds