This week’s Bokenology takes us to the Dubliner, 96 River St. This cozy Irish pub features three floors including the first floor pub, the second floor weekend party room and the seasonal rooftop bar. During the week, there are draft beer specials, including $2 Bud Light drafts all week during Happy Hour, $5 glasses of wine on Wednesdays, a $10 bucket of Miller Lite on Thursday, and end of the week party on Fridays featuring $5 call drinks and assorted beer specials. This is a good place to share a pint with a friend and the staff has an easy camaraderie with guests. One such staff member is Emily, whose friendly smile provides a warm welcome.
DS: How long have you been bartending?
Emily: Not even a year.
DS: How long have you worked at Dubliner?
Emily: A little over a year.
DS: What is the best part of your job?
Emily: That I get along with everyone I work with. This is the first job that I’ve had where I’ve gotten along with everyone. It’s so important.
DS: What is the most life affirming thing you’ve ever witnessed?
Emily: There were two ladies who came in and they ended up not having enough money for their check and a regular said that he would take care of it. They came in the next day and tried to pay him, but he wouldn’t take it.
DS: Describe for the best life lesson you’ve learned behind the bar.
Emily: For me, I’m very shy and timid, but behind the bar you have to be in control. And that definitely helps out in real life. You can’t take shit from anyone!
DS: What is the best night here so far?
Emily: I think it is the summer. Everyone is so relaxed and they want to have fun. You don’t have to worry about anything.
DS: What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen?
Emily: There was a woman in here who tried to climb on top of a table on her hands and knees and was swinging her hair around. And we were like, ‘you can’t do that in here!’
DS: What is the best drink you make?
Emily: A shot of Jameson!
DS: How do you prepare for a shift?
Emily: It depends on the day. If it is going to be a busy night, I try not to get frustrated. If you are in a good mood, the customers are usually in a good mood.
DS: What advice would you give a 21-year old going out in Hoboken?
Emily: Don’t order Red Bull and Vodka or Bombs. Don’t pre-game. It’s not good if you are going to a bar and you are already sloppy or a mess.